Choosing the right hosting for your website is probably as important for your sanity as it is for your online home business. There really is nothing more disheartening than discovering that you’ve got a web hosting problem and your hosting company really doesn’t seem to care.
You obviously need website hosting that’s affordable, but at the same time you need to get the balance right between quality and price… If the price seems too good to be true, that’s because it probably is.
You must be prepared to pay for the features you need. Be prepared to spend some time thinking about what you need right now and what you’re likely to need in the future as you develop your business. Is your website host going to be able to continue to provide the features you need as you grow?
Is the control panel they provide easy to navigate and understand? Is it easy to access the main features you need on a regular basis? Not all web hosting company’s use a standard control panel. You need to check out the control panel offered by your favored web host and make sure you’re comfortable with it. Find out if it has all the functions you need for your website and that those functions are easily accessible.
A lot of website hosts provide a Website builder as part of their package. You need to decide if this is important to you or not. If it is, then make sure your web host provides it.
Are they man enough for the jobs you intend to throw at them? Do you get enough hosting space and bandwidth for your needs now and in the future?
How reliable are they? What is their published server uptime? You should be aiming for uptime of 99% in an ideal world.
You should also try to get some idea of their security record. A hacker proof website host should be your ultimate target.
And, of course, you shouldn’t just take their word for anything. Ideally you should be looking for some independent user reviews. Just exactly how highly rated is your potential web hosting out there in consumer land?
A final point. You’ll tend to get a much better deal on price, if you’re dealing with the hosting company themselves rather than a reseller.