Choosing a reliable Web Hosting provider and the right hosting package can be a tricky decision especially when there are so many to choose from and its so easy to be sold a package with features you will never need.
There are many hosting providers on the web so it's vital you do your homework and choose one which has good resourceful information on their website, which provides a customer friendly control panel.
Here is a useful checklist listing some of the key areas and features you will need to consider before choosing your web hosting provider and hosting package, to make sure you get the right package to suit your specific needs.
Ask yourself these questions first:
Operating Platform: ______________________ Do you want Linux or Windows Web Hosting?
Web Space: ______________________ How much space do you need 1000mb ?, 5000mb, 10000mb?
Bandwidth: ______________________ How much do you think you will use each month?
Control Panel: ______________________ Do you want complete control of your products via a control panel?
Price: _____________________ What price are you willing to pay?
Web Hosting Check List
Fill out the checklist for each Web Hosting Company you're considering.
_____ Meets web space requirements
_____ Provide efficient good quality servers and RAM
_____ Meets your bandwidth requirements
_____ Meets your uptime requirements
_____ Provide an easy to use control panel?
_____ Have your desired operating system?
_____ Free instant setup online?
_____ Do you receive a free domain
_____ Allows subdomains
_____ Allows add-on domains
_____ You own and control the domain via an easy-to-use control panel
Web Hosting Features
_____ Email hosting included
_____ Required mailboxes included
_____ Webmail included
_____ Junk Mail Filters
_____ One-click installs for WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Concrete5
_____ One-click E-commerce installs, osCommerce Shopping Cart, CubeCart Shopping Cart, Agora Cart, Zen Cart
_____ Free website builder software
_____ FTP access
_____ CGI bin
_____ Additional FTP Accounts
_____ FTP access via any ISP
_____ Anonymous FTP access
_____ SSH (shell) Access
_____ Free Web statistics features
_____ Shared SSL
_____ Free images, banners, clip art, scripts
_____ Password protected directories
_____ Easy to upgrade hosting package when required
Pricing and Billing
_____ Package meets your price requirements
_____ Do you receive a 30 day Money-back guarantee
_____ Easy online payments and renewal
_____ Provides 24 hour support 7 day's a week
_____ Provides Telephone support
_____ Provides an easy-to-use ticket system
_____ Provides an online help database
You can print out this checklist and fill it in when you are comparing web hosts, you can go down the checklist and check off the features that meet your requirements.