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How to Select the Best Web Hosting

How does one decide if a particular web host is excellent? Do the disk storage and bandwidth features matter nowadays? Which type of hosting is best for your needs? Often overlooked, web hosting is a key component of all successful websites. Choosing the right web hosting can go miles in increasing your sales and improving your SEO.

The following is a five-point checklist that will help you select the right web host:

a. Know your hosting needs

Getting the best web host is impossible if you do not know your needs. To know your needs, ask yourself the following questions:

• What type of website do you intend to build?

• Will you need any windows apps?

• Do you need some special version of software such as PHP?

• Will your website need any form of special software?

• How small or big do you intend your web traffic volume to go?

The above are just some of the basic questions you need to answer. When looking for a web host, you should figure out what your website will need in the coming twelve months or so. If you are a newbie, start small with an excellent shared hosting account. This account is sufficient, affordable, and easy to maintain for most new sites. Later on, when your site grows, you can upgrade to dedicated or VPS hosting.

b. Know the server uptime record

Nothing can be as important as having a web host that operates twenty fours a day and seven days a week. When looking for a great web host, you need to choose one that operates on stable network connections and a powerful server. The recommended uptime score is anything above 99.5%. Anything less than 99% is totally unacceptable. Plenty of sites that offer hosting reviews exist to help you get information about the highest uptime.

c. Get information about multiple add-on domains

Domain names are affordable. Actually, they are so cheap that it is extremely hard to resist not owning just one, but many. Most webmasters have plenty of domain names nowadays. An extra hosting space is necessary to host the domain names. This is the main reason why having a hosting account is prudent because it allows you to add multiple domains.

Generally, many hosting companies allow not less than twenty-five add-on domains in a single account. However, you can never be sure – the best thing is to ask. Always check your prospective domain capacity before making a purchase.

d. Know the different server upgrades options

Today, shared web hosts are extremely powerful. A single shared hosting account is sufficient to support one proper-optimized WordPress blog that has between thirty thousand and forty thousand unique monthly visitors. If in the near future you expect your website to grow big, pick a web host that has room for growth.

e. Renewal prices

Hosting deals are very affordable when signing up, but expensive during renewal. To avoid any unpleasant surprises, inquire about renewal prices before signing up. This will put you on the safe side.

The above checklist will surely help you get the best web host.

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