How to choose the right Web Hosting provider? With the presence of hundreds and even thousands of companies, choosing the right provider is no longer an easy task. Before proceeding with the search for the perfect web host, you need to ask yourself the right questions.
- Do you need Windows Hosting or Linux Hosting? It all depends on the language of the website: If it is PHP, Perl, Python or Ruby on Rails with a MySQL database; Linux Hosting is what you should be looking for. If it is classic ASP or ASP.NET then Windows Hosting is the way to go. ColdFusion runs on both.
- Do you need your website for your personal blog or small-business website? Shared Hosting would probably be fair enough to satisfy your website needs. On the other hand, if you need a guaranteed memory, has a processor intensive website or need a full root access to the web server without caring about the limitations of shared web hosting, VPS (Virtual Private Sever) is your best bet. Finally, if you need to run a large-scale website with tens of thousands of visitors then dedicated hosting would guarantee the best performance.
- What type of features do you need for your website? Will you host multiple or a single domain on the hosting account? Do you need shell access to your web server? Is it OK for you to share the IP address with multiple domains? Do you need unlimited disk space, unlimited Bandwidth, unlimited databases or unlimited FTP users? Does the web host offer a free domain name with the account?
You also need to make sure that your chosen web hosting provider has an easy to use control panel. Some control panels can turn your hosting account management to a nightmare. cPanel and Parallels Plesk are both great control panels to consider. Moreover, be certain that your provider provides a 24/7 support.
I recommend choosing a web host that offers chat support because this can help get your problems solved really fast when being compared to submitting a support ticket or waiting on the phone line for the support operator. HostGator, InMotion Hosting, BlueHost, Go Daddy, HostMonster and Arvixe Hosting are good examples of affordable providers that have good reputation and offer excellent features with a great support.
To-sum-up, do not rush with buying a web hosting service, determine your exact requirements, read reviews online and ask questions in the web hosting related discussion forums.