So, you’ve decided to take the plunge. You’re ready to get web hosting but there are so many different hosting packages out there how do you decide which one is right for you? Here is a short guide with some do’s and don’ts for choosing a web hosting package that was distributed by Act Now Domains.
DO ask around for recommendations.
Ask for the opinions and recommendations of people you know and trust such as your friends and colleagues. If it’s them, you won’t hesitate and won’t hold back in asking follow-up questions. Although it’s true that people have different experiences with hosting packages and would therefore give varying opinions, their insights will still be a good starting point to work on. Multiple recommendations for the same web host provider may mean that provider has better services than others.
DO look for a hosting package that offers growth.
An ideal hosting package is one that not only serves you when you are starting out but is also flexible enough to meet your demands and needs as you grow your website. Many web hosts provide smaller packages that are ideal for beginners and also more robust and more expensive plans as your website and hosting needs grow. For most beginners starting out with the smallest and most affordable plan offered by the web host you’ve decided on is usually the best way to go.
DO a research on different types of hosting packages.
There are different types of hosting plans available and each one usually varies a bit in what options it offers such as software, storage, and bandwidth. To be able to choose the hosting plan that best suits your needs it’s important to know what you want in your website. Most beginners get confused about the various offerings understandably because how does someone who has never built a website before know how much web storage space they need or bandwidth?
Again, a good rule of thumb to remember if you are just starting out is that in almost all cases if you go with the most affordable web hosting package offered by the web host you want to go with it will provide you with more than enough space, bandwidth and everything else that you will likely need.
DO NOT pick a hosting provider based on price.
This is one of the common mistakes a beginner makes. Since there are cheap and even free hosting packages available, they think that they are making the right choice in just choosing the cheapest one since they can save money. Cutting down costs at the beginning can cause you a world of trouble later on.
Before being totally deceived by marketing gimmicks such as this, ask yourself as to why this packages is so cheap. In a lot of cases the answer is that it’s either a marketing ploy to get you in where they will upsell you services you need at a higher than normal price or they stuff their servers with more websites that the hardware can handle which leads to your website being down often. Neither of those are very appealing.
So, what is a normal price to pay for a small hosting package these days? You will usually be in good shape if the web host you are looking at charges between $5 and $10 for their most basic web hosting plan. Anything below that range and you should investigate VERY thoroughly.
DO NOT buy without actually talking to someone from the Web Host you are considering.
There is no one who can explain what comes with each web hosting package than the web host itself. In most cases if you don’t understand the technical details a plan provides you most likely won’t ever need them if you do want to know about them it’s best to talk to them.
That’s not the only reason you want to speak to the web host you are considering before purchasing a web hosting plan from them. You want to know how long you have to wait to speak to someone, how easy are they to understand, do you feel like they know what they are talking about or do you feel they can barely understand you and are reading from a script?
You want to know these things BEFORE you sign up with them and before you purchase a hosting package from them. Otherwise, you may get stuck with a company that looks good on the internet but isn’t there to provide the help you need when you need it.
These tips for what to look for when choosing a web hosting package was initially distributed by web hosting provider Act Now Domains.