Which Web Host is Right For You:
Businesses new and old, no matter what the size, should really have a website. Even individuals not running a company have a lot to gain from an online presence. With a massive selection of services and options available, building, hosting and owning a personal domain (ie: Setting up your unique URL – www.yourdomain.com) is very simple and surprising to some…. affordable. One of the first stages is to chose a web host, these are companies that store your websites files on servers, thus making them accessible online for yourself and others. Picking a suitable web host can be tricky, with a wide range of price, storage capacity, email features, bandwidth and application varieties, selecting the right one now, will help prevent any head aches down the line.
Larger corporations and businesses should select a web host that offer either virtual private servers or dedicated hardware, this article will concentrate on shared hosting packages, perfect for individuals and small to medium companies. Shared hosting basically means there are multiple websites on a single server, but you are the only one able to directly access to your files. This helps keep costs to a minimum, while still keeping the option to upgrade in the future.
Shared Hosting Advice:
Web hosts often offer limited features for basic shared hosting packages, and (make sure you do) when you read the small print, you will clearly see the larger the package the more included features you will receive as standard. Take your time at this stage, does the hosting plan meet your requirements, are you able to have business email addresses, does it have a website builder or can you host multiple domains?
Even though shared servers are a great starting point for many, if you are worried about site speeds and performance, or feel you may want to expand quickly, a virtual or dedicated solution may be the better choice.
Another good tip when selecting a web host is, make sure they have a dedicated customer support team. If the hosting company provides support 24/7, by either a forum, knowledge base, ticket system, phone, live chat or a combination, you know they take their customers seriously and will be there to help if you have any questions.
Linux or Windows Hosting:
Most web hosts offer both Windows and Linux hosting plans, if you have an application written in .NET or need a SQL server then Windows hosting would be your best option, if you want to simply host a new website, have several email addresses and store files Linux will be ideal. Almost all web hosts available today offer an easy to use control panel which allows you to interface with your hosting, usually cPanel. Yes, it sound very technical but is very simple once you get the hang of it.
It maybe tempting to buy a larger hosting package over a longer time period, as they seem to offer great savings, but as most web hosts provide, one click upgrade options, shared hosting over one year will be more than enough storage until the size of your site and traffic out grow your starter package.
Below you will find a selection of short reviews of some of the biggest and most trusted names in the web hosting business.
Arvixe covers most common requirements the average person needs. Basic packages include good customer support, blog hosting (quick install), unlimited bandwidth, ample storage, e-commerce options, active spam filters plus much more. Read More.
Even though Dreamhost do not offer a site builder, the more technically minded webmaster will really love their unlimited everything offer. That’s right! Unlimited emails, storage and bandwidth, a fantastic web host for the more experienced site owner. Read More.
Unlike the other services on the list, Weebly is not actually a hosting company, they are a free website builder. Weebly is great for people who want a simple and fast option, you can get a free yourdomain.weebly.com url/site and can always connect a personal domain with one of their many upgrade options, at a later date. Read More.
Being one of the biggest web hosts out there, Hostgator often run very competitive promotions and discounts, so if you are on a budget, see what Hostgator have on offer. I have personally used their shared packages and they cope very well with multiple small websites. The host control panel has a quick install option for most of the best known scripts and if you need any help or advice their live chat is the best on the market. Read More.
Are you looking for a “simple to use” web host? Then InMotion is well worth a look. Cost effective simplicity, but still packed with plenty of features as standard…. including email marketing, e-commerce, one click installers and much more. Being a smaller company, InMotion offer a very personal and high quality customer service. Perfect web host for Mom’s & Pop’s style local businesses. Read More.
Do the words Hosting, Domains and Servers fill you with fear? If you are a complete novice SiteGround have an impressive data base of easy to follow tutorials, and are always on hand to help, if you get stuck at any stage. SiteGround hosting is as basic as it gets and very affordable. If you have never set up hosting or bought a domain before SiteGround couldn’t be a better option. Read More.
Do you love using WordPress, if so Bluehost would be your host of choice. Very similar to Hostmonster, because they share a parent company, their hosting packages come with all the bells and whistles you should need. The only difference is Bluehost are a little more security conscious, so if that is important to you, why not take a look? Read More.
Better known as the biggest domain provider on the planet, GoDaddy do also provide low cost hosting. They run some amazing bundle deals, where you can buy a domain, hosting and email in one package. This being said, there actual hosting is not the best, and unless your are complete beginner I would suggest going with another host. If you only need domains… they are brilliant! Read More.
As mentioned above, HostMonster is very similar to Bluehost, yet not identical. HostMonster is a little more user friendly, provide a few more cool features as standard and make it very easy to use Weebly as a site builder. Prices are competitive and customer support is excellent. Read More.
Network Solutions is another web host that allows you to buy domains and hosting packages under one roof. They provide a huge amount of optional add-ons, thus providing you with the exact service you need. If email marketing is going to a large part of your business, Network Solutions has professional email management tools as standard. Very good host for more experienced site owners. Read More.
As you can see, there is a wide variety of web host, all offering similar basic services, yet specialise in others. Take your time to read your hosting specifications before buying, make sure you have room to grow, yet within budget. Websites can take months if not years to out grow most shared hosting…. so start small… then upgrade as and when you need to.
If you have any questions feel free to leave me a message/comment and I will do my best to help. Until the next time!