How to select a Suitable Web Hosting for your Blog or Website?
Once you have selected a domain name for your blog or business website, the next step is to choose a suitable web hosting to host your blog or website.
It is always quite confusing which hosting to choose as there are a lot of hosting providers in the market. And every hosting provider claims to be better than the other ones.
If you are also confused about which hosting to choose for your next blog or business website, then spend some time reading this article. By the end, I will clear all your confusion related to web hosting, and you will have a proper idea which one to choose for yourself.
How to select a Suitable Web Hosting for your Blog or Website?
Here are some facts related to web hosting which you should go through to choose an appropriate hosting for your blog or business website.
- At first, look what are your requirements
- Make sure the web hosting has good uptime and is reliable
- Make sure they have upgrading and downgrading options
- Look if they provide additional features such as Addon Domains, SSL, Email, Subdomains.
- Be clear about the sign-up and renewal prices. (Most of the hosting providers offers cheap hosting at sign-up and has high charges on renewal.)
- What are the methods of access like Cpanel Admin, PHP myAdmin options
- Read the TOS(Terms of Services) properly; it can save you from a lot of hassles
- Compare with the significant hosting providers in services and rates
- Look for the server locations, some hosting providers have multiple server locations.
- Look for additional features like Softwares provided, Auto Backup, Support options, etc.
1. Look at your requirements
The most important and first thing to do is look at your requirements whenever you plan to purchase web hosting.
I would recommend you to make a complete list of your requirements before you start your survey.
You can make a list of questions as given below.
They will help you understand your hosting requirements for your blog or website which are given below.
What is your targeted audience?
Your web hosting requirements can be high or low depending upon your targeted audience.
Your audience may be from your facebook page, youtube viewers or from any other sources.
You need to consider whether you need shared hosting, dedicated or VPS server depending on your audience load.
Your web hosting needs to be reliable and should be able to provide you enough bandwidth and disk space with the flexibility of upgradation with the increasing need.
2.Confirm the Hosting Reliability and Uptime guarantee
When the topic is web hosting, nothing below 99% can be accepted. You need to confirm and research well about the uptime and reliability of the web hosting provider before you are going to select.
We at Everest Themes use SiteGround managed WordPress hosting. Siteground provides a 99.9% uptime guarantee with their every web hosting plans.
Every shared hosting of Siteground comes with managed WordPress features and provides the best uptime and reliability.
3. Which Plan to Select as a Beginner?
Shared Web Hosting is the most popular plan these days because of its uptime scores, reliability, and multi-domain hosting feature. One of the major reason Shared Hosting is so popular is its pricing.
You can have a shared hosting as cheap as 1 USD per month. A shared hosting can easily handle monthly traffic from 10000 to 25000 depending upon the plan you purchase.
If you are planning to launch your first website, we recommend you to start with shared hosting. You can upgrade your hosting plan as per your need and have a Virtual private server, Cloud hosting or Dedicated server as your requirement increases.
Pro Tips – Check Out these Hosting Providers Godaddy, Namecheap, BlueHost, DreamHost
3. What are the additional features included?
Look at the additional features which come with a web hosting package. Most of the hosting company provides free domain, free SSL certificates, unlimited space, unlimited bandwidth with their single hosting plans.
Do check out the list of features offered by the hosting provider before you purchase a web hosting plan for yourself.
4. Check Sign up and renewal price difference
Never ever hurry while purchasing a web hosting plan. Most of the web hosting providers will provide you web hosting plan at dirt cheap price for the first time giving you numerous lucrative offers.
Always check their terms and conditions while purchasing a web hosting plan at a cheaper price. The most important thing to look at is the renewal price difference between the sign-up and renewal price.
Many hosting companies out there will give you numerous discounts when you buy their hosting for the first time and charge a bomb during renewal. Hence, have a look at the renewal price before you purchase a web hosting plan.
5. Website Builder
Most of the web hosting company provides different tools to help you build a professional and fully functional website without much hassle. A good web hosting provider will provide you multiple website builder to help you kickstart your website developed with their website builder tool.
6. Cpanel Access and Features
A Web Hosting control panel can provide you a number of services (some are listed below). Also, they give you options to maintain and install different functionality on your website.
It can be CPanel, VDeck or any third party Control Panel, the important thing is it should have the flexibility to provide these features.
- File Manager
- Database Manager
- SSL Installer
- Virus Scanner
- Email facility
- Metrics Visibility
- Cron Jobs
- User Manager
- Site Publisher
- Backup Manager and Creator
7. Custom Email Address
If you want to host custom email accounts together with your website, then you need to look at the email feature before purchasing the web hosting. Many web hosting companies provide the custom email option (something like [email protected]).
But hey, it’s always better to check and be confirmed about it than regretting later on.
Even if your web host does not provide the email feature, it is no big deal. There are a number of ways you can have an email address at your own domain.
You can use Gsuite or Zoho mail services. Zoho provides you free services up to 10 email.
8. Subscription Period
There is no surprise if see web hosting providers their customers great deals and offers to take up unreasonably long contracts.
Almost every web hosting company gives you a great deal when you purchase web hosting for a longer duration.
Subscription is very important and it must be your choice to choose the subscription period.
Pro Tip: Discounts and offers are great. But never purchase a long subscription just looking at the deals and offers unless they provide clear anytime money back guarantees.
9. Site Automatic and Manual backup
There are times when a site crashes because of some code or theme errors. Also, a hacker got into your WordPress blog and replaced your index.php file. Or it was you who messed up something and entire website got crashed and is not loading, or the server had a severe hard disk failure.
If your web host provider provides regular backups then there is nothing to worry about such incidents. You can fully restore your website/blog with the backup from your web hosting provider.
On backups, here are a few key questions to ask your web host:
- Can site backup be done easily via the control panel?
- Can you create auto backup your site easily via a cron job or other program?
- Does your web host provide full backups regularly?
- Can you restore your backup files by yourself easily (so you don’t have to wait for the support staffs to do it for you during disaster time)?
Pro Tip: Some web Host providers do the regular backup at very low cost while some web hosting provider charges for it. So, you need to check How the backup process goes in your case?
10. Live chat Support and call Support Facilities
Let’s say you need to know about a certain feature of the web hosting and how are you going to contact your web hosting provider. Hence, always look at the way to reach your web hosting provider in case of any issues or queries you need to ask.
We at Everest Themes provide our customers Live Chat and Email Support to ask their queries and solve their issues.
Almost every web hosting provider is offering Live Chat support, Email support, and Phone Call support. So Please make sure your web host provider must have the good review in providing support.
Wrapping It Up
These are some features we recommend our customers to look at before purchasing a web hosting plan for their new website. If you have any further queries and questions related to web hosting please let us know via the comment box or contact section. We will try our best to help you with your queries.