Ever wondered how to choose good web hosting, well let’s
see if I can point you in the right direction with a few things
that you should consider.
With deals starting at $2.99 per month, you must be sure
that you are getting what you need, both now and in the
future. Remember what you need now could be a different
story six months from now!
So you want web hosting for your home site for friends and
family to keep in touch and put some photos on, then a
basic package will do you fine as long as it helps you with
uploading your site via FTP and maybe some free web site
However if you run a business or are into internet
marketing then you need something completly different,
and if you plan to have adsense sites then you need to be
careful how you choose!
Here is what you want as as minimum from your web
500MB of disc space
10GB of monthly traffic allowance
Unlimited pop3/smtp email
Unlimited auto responders
Unlimited Mysql data bases
MS front page support
Web site traffic stats
Your own cgi bin
Web based control panel
Password protect directories
Web site building software
And a good amount of ready to install scripts, so you can
set up a Blog in minutes, or set up Ecommerce so you can
sell your product online.
Now if you are unfamiliar with any of the terms above don’t
worry I am not trying to blind you with the tech stuff, just
trust me as your online presence grows you will need all of
the above at some point and some!
To give just one example Data Base’s(Mysql), if you go with
a real cheap host say $2.99 per month you will get 1 Mysql
data base, fine if you only need one, but what if you need
10. You will find that you have to pay for the other 9 and
this can add up on it’s own, if you need even more addons
to your $2.99 Package can become $14.99 per month
Some companies will offer you a cheap web hosting
package just so they can upsell you at a later date, don’t
get caught out by this as they can be very difficult when
you ask them to change your DNS (domain name servers).
Always make sure you can change your own DNS when
registering your domain name, that way you can move your
web hosting account at will if you are not satisfied with your
web hosting provider.
Make no mistake about it, you only get what you pay for
with web hosting. For example another thing that some
web hosting providers do is load their servers heavily with
accounts so they can get the most money out of each
server they have. This is ok, but as the server ages it get’s
slower just like your home PC it gets Full and things take
time to load, it’s just the same with a server but when it
Crashes your site goes down!
In conclusion it’s upto you what you choose, just make sure
it’s what you need….send them an email, and see how long
it take’s them to get back to you with a concise reply. It will
normally reflect how quickly they will get back to you with a
See you in part two, where we will cover it step by step.
On a final note, if it looks too good to be true then it