Creating a successful online business is like building a home. To do this you need a ground. Web hosting is the ground, while the home is obviously your website.

If you do not have a solid ground … well, you can imagine what could happen. So, having a solid hosting is really important.

Follow these seven tips to choose the right web hosting for your online presence.


1. Bandwidth and Disk Space

Not all hosting providers specify all kinds of limitations. And this is something you should look into.

Consider that the trend of recent years has been to set everything to “unlimited”, which is an option that frees you from any issues related to growth, but, often, this is not entirely true. In some cases, these unlimited features depend on other ones, which have relatively high settings, but very limiting values since the beginning.

Let’s take a moment to make an example. If you have a website or a blog with over 1000 articles a year, when uploading high definition images you will want lots of GB available. Of course, there are tools to compress media files, but still, you need to consider how much space you are going to need.

Regarding bandwidth, it is all related to the traffic you receive and how heavy your web pages are. With 15 GB of bandwidth on a shared hosting, you will probably sleep quietly, but if you start generating 3000 visits a day, maybe you should think about a virtual or dedicated server (of course, this depends on many other factors).

2. Scalability

Scalability is very important to prepare the future of your website. What if one day you are going to become famous?

If your site becomes viral, you may need to move to a bigger plan. So, look for the option to simply upgrade inside your hosting customer dashboard, by choosing, paying and having your site migrated automatically without calling technicians or moving data manually.

By relying on a hosting that gives you the option of making an upgrade when you need it (included, technical and commercial assistance), will make your sleep tight. Imagine experiencing the nightmare of having your site offline for hours, days or even weeks, with the risk of losing ranking positions on search engines, included all your hard work!

3. cPanel

This feature should be always included.

In fact, this is one of the most important things, which allow to a newbie to manage a website, a hosting or even a dedicated server without being a technician.

How is it possible? Thanks to the control panel offered to handle the various features. The most famous is undoubtedly the Cpanel.

There are other control panels, including Plesk, which is perhaps the first and most popular alternative to the Cpanel.

So, the hosting you choose should offer you the whole management feature through a control panel.

4. Support

It may happen that small hosting companies with a few customers can offer the best support.

Always opt for a good technical support. People usually test the reliability of the service by contacting the company with pre-sale questions.

In general, I prefer to contact my hosting provider via chat. If the company you choose offers 24 hours a day chat support, then, from my point of view, you made a good deal.

5. Pricing

In the age of solopreneurs and bloggers, it is possible find a web hosting suite that is both affordable and yet still packs the tech sepcifications you need to get your blog off the ground. With just $4 budget a month, you can get a cheap “start-up” web hosting suite, including 5GB space, migration services and a free SSL certificate to boot.

What you need to make sure, is that there are no hidden fees that go along with the “cheap” web hosting package you just purchased.

6. Your Behavior

Being wise is probably the best advice I can give you. Let me explain.

Those who start an online business (or simply need an online presence for their company), should always take precautions. If something goes wrong, it is not always the fault of the technicians or the web hosting company.

Today, people tend to use CMS like WordPress or Joomla to create websites, but if they’re not careful to update them continuously, they risk to pick up viruses and hurt other hosting customers.

Also, keeping passwords safe is the first way to protect yourself against cyber criminals attacks.

7. Separate Domains and Hosting

Although it may seem strange, if you are a businessman who plans to start more than one internet project and start registering several domains, the best thing is to use a domain-only company (I’m with GoDaddy), and another one just for the hosting service (I’m with HostGator).

The reason is pretty simple. If you ever going to need to change your hosting, you won’t need to change your hosting register, but simply managing your domain names by changing the DNS (Domain Name System).

Moreover, when you register a new domain with your hosting, it is certainly more expensive than a company that deals only with that.

Final Words

The truth is that there are so many good solutions to manage your website or online business.

Before making your choice, ask around and evaluate different options. Look for real customers and request their opinion. Read online as many reviews as you can and test your hosting company with some questions.

And you? Do you have a website?

Which hosting service are you using?

Please share your experience by leaving a comment below, thanks!

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