How to choose a web host suitable for your website

Web presence has become very important in today’s world. Everyone needs a website to represent their business online. When we think of a hosting a website we have several questions in our mind :

  • Which web hosting company suits your needs ?
  • How to get the best deal ?
  • How long will be the support response time ?
  • What will be the uptime ?

There are many options available as there are thousands of hosts worldwide. But we have to choose the one suitable for our website/ business/ blog.

Here is the checklist to find a suitable web host :

Basic But Important Qualities In A Good Web Hosting Company :

  • Prices: First and foremost thing is prices. Almost everyone looks towards the prices of any web hosting company. Because we have to save our valuable money and get the best service in less prices. So check and compare the prices of a web hosting company with others.
  • Support: Second thing is support! Check whether the company is proving us 24/7 support or not. Also check whether the company has a number of help resources, Blog, Live Support like online support, Telephone support etc.
  • Security: Security is also the main point of a good web hosting provider. So check whether the transactions made by your web hosting company are secure or not. Check whether the transactions are on secure server means on https://.
  • Variety of Plans: Also check that the web hosting company you are reviewing has number of different plans or not. Number of plans are also important because if we have number of options then we can choose according to our requirements. Some times we need hosting only for our personal website, in that case we need less domains, space, databases, etc. If we are buying hosting for small business then we need more features. But if we have to buy web hosting for large business then we need large number of quality features. Few hosts also allow you to create a custom package and get a custom quote.
  • Guarantee: Guarantee is also important quality of a good web hosting provider. Check that your web hosting company is offering money back guarantee if you are not satisfied.

Technical Features Of A Good Web Hosting Company :

  • Site Builder System: Site Builder System is also very important feature of a good web hosting provider. If you don’t know any programming language then a good and easy site builder helps you create a good website. So must check site builder system.
  • Auto installer: Check if the web host provides an auto installer with the hosting plan to install applications easily. Auto installers allows you to install applications without having to manually execute tasks like uploading files, creating databases, etc
  • Hosting Space: Hosting space is very important if you have to keep large files on server. If your website is download service type then must check whether your web hosting company is offering you large amount of data i.e unlimited space or not.
  • Type of Hosting: Check which type of web hosting you want. Windows Hosting or Linux Hosting. Mostly people choose the Linux Hosting because it is cheaper, reliable and secure than the windows hosting or we can say that Linux Server is more secure than Windows server. So don’t forgot to check which type of hosting you want and which type of hosting your company offers.
  • Email Hosting: Email hosting is also a main feature. If you want to use a professional email like email_user_name@yourwebsitename.com etc. Then check whether your company is providing email hosting or not.
  • Number of Domains: If you want to use many domains for your website then check that your web hosting company offers you multi-domain feature.

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Shared hosting or VPS or Dedicated server

When we think of hosting our site three types of hosting comes to our mind Shared Hosting, VPS (Virtual Private Server) and Dedicated Server. The pricing of these services varies from provider to provider and resources you want. Now what is the difference between these three services ?

1. Shared Hosting :

Shared hosting is a hosting service where many users share a single server. All the users have a separate directory where they can upload their files. This is generally most economical option as all the users share the overall cost of the server. The server is administered by the hosting provider and the technical tasks like managing servers, installing server software, security updates, technical support, etc. are the responsibility of the server admin. These servers generally use control panels like cPanel, Directadmin, Plesk, Interworx, etc which allow the users to manage their websites.

2. VPS (Virtual Private Server) :

VPS (Virtual Private Server) is a virtual machine created on a physical server. The hosting provider creates multiple VPS on a physical server and provides access to their users. VPS is as good as a dedicated server but with limited resources. VPS provides root access to the user so the user can install any software/OS and perform any root level tasks. This option is a little expensive as it is more powerful than a shared hosting account and has more privileges.

3. Dedicated Server :

Dedicated server is a service where the user leases the entire physical server and is not shared by anyone else. Unlike VPS and Shared hosting the user has full control over the server. The user can choose the hardware, software, OS, etc. Dedicated server is useful because of the benefits like high performance, security, email stability and control. This option is the costliest as you are the only one who is bearing the cost of the entire server. Most of the providers offer Managed dedicated server where the server is managed by the provider upto some extent.

Who should go for Shared hosting ?

The users who just want a business website and do not need much resources can opt for shared hosting as the cost involved in shared hosting is nominal. If you are a start up company and want an online presence shared hosting is the best for you.

Who should go for a VPS ?

The users who have sites with huge volume of visits and complex tasks being executed VPS hosting is recommended. This is because such website requires high amount of resources and constant monitoring on the part of the server admin. VPS becomes bit expensive but if you need more resources it is better to go for a VPS.

Who should go for a Dedicated Server ?

Dedicated server is recommended for big companies and institutions who have huge data and perform multiple tasks and calculations. Dedicated server is expensive but you have full control over the server and you can install anything you require for your site. With a dedicated server you have ample resources to handle any volume of requests for your site.