Finding the right web host for your website is definitely not easy. There are so many features to look out for and so many factors to consider. The first thing you need to learn is which of these features are optional and which are non-negotiable. In order to get there, you need to know your hosting needs. However, here are three things that you absolutely must insist on, regardless of your business niche or the topic of your blog.
1. The uptime
First things first, you need to bear in mind that, with 644 million active websites out there, the competition is going to be tough. Because of this, you will constantly look for new ways to impress your visitors, but what good is even the most sophisticated design if the website is down when people come looking for your services. Faced with this, some may decide to come back later, but in 9 out of 10 cases they will look for what they need someplace else. This is why, the first thing you need to check out when choosing a web host is the uptime.
Still, in order to learn what exactly you are looking for, you need to learn a new language – the language of uptime percentage. For example, 99 percent of uptime might sound great on paper, but in reality this means that your website is down for 7 hours and 12 minutes each month, which is ridiculously high. On the other hand, 99.99 percent (which comes as something of an industry standard) means that your page would be down for just four minutes and 19 seconds. As you can see, two missed decimal figures can make over 7 hours of difference.
2. Core features
You see, the greatest number of web hosts will offer you a chance to further expand your hosting option. Nonetheless, in order to know you have made the right choice, you need to take a closer look at core features provided by your web host. Things you absolutely must insist on are the unlimited storage space, unlimited domain names allowed and MySQL databases, and finally the access to scalable bandwidth. In this way, you can ensure that your host can follow up on your business’ rapid expansion or sudden increase of workload. Some hosts are even willing to include a free domain in the duration of a single year into the price, which can roughly save you somewhere around $15. Although far from being a deal-breaker this is definitely a nice touch.
3. Examine the price
In an ideal world, the price wouldn’t matter and you would be able to focus exclusively on features. Sadly, our world is all but ideal and the price of both your hosting signup and its renewal cost will play an important role in your choice of a host. Seeing how prices vary depending on the region, features offered and host’s reputation you might want to do your share of independent research. Still, it is worth mentioning that an industry-average goes at around $10 per month. This is, of course, without intro offers or limited time actions. As for the signup, the prices range from as little as $3 or $4 up to $30. In most cases, the first month is much cheaper than the renewal price.
From all of the above listed, it becomes more than clear that finding the right host isn’t a thing to choose lightly. Other features to consider are the trial periods, refund policy, ecommerce features, beginner-friendly control panel and many others. Nevertheless, these three factors that we went to lengths to discuss are a bare minimum you should inquire on.