By now, you know how to choose a good domain name but choosing a good web hosting plan can be equally tough. Ultimately it is the factor that keeps your website up and running.
Choosing a good web hosting plan is somewhat similar to choosing a mobile. You don’t need to have in-depth knowledge of its components but some basic things that make a mobile tick. Similarly, you don’t need to learn every component just to pick a good web hosting plan. Just some basic stuff that makes a makes a web hosting plan stands out from the others.
In this post, I will show you how you can evaluate and pick the perfect hosting plan that best suits your needs.
1. Disk Space
While looking for a web hosting plan one of the most important factors is disk space/web space.
For small or medium websites you will find lots of options where different web hosting companies are offering multiple GBs of web space and some even come up with an unlimited space plan.
Which seems too good to be true…right?
Now here’s that catch, before you fall for the unlimited space hype make sure you take a look at their CPU usage policy. Most web hosts allow a maximum of 25% CPU usage limit. Also, most of them won’t let you exceed this limit for more than 90 seconds. If you think you might be close to maximum or exceed that limit you have to go to to a higher plan or you can use Cloudflare (Free Plan) to save some resource use.
And if you are a web developer and want to host a large site for your client then I would highly recommend going for DigitalOcean (Click this link for a $10 FREE credit).
This is one of the most obvious things that a web host shows count on along with storage.
But what the heck is bandwidth?
It’s basically the total amount of data you and your website visitors can upload download per month. Still confused?
Let me explain…
Let’s say your website is 1 MB of data and your web host provides you with 10 MB of monthly bandwidth. Now if a visitor visits all your web page, they will download 1 MB of data. So in that given month, you can have 9 more visitors to your website (assuming they will visit all your web page).
Now you might ask, what will happen if you exceed you monthly bandwidth transfer? Then you web host might charge you per MB (similarly your mobile data plan) and if you don’t want to pay your web host will block your visitors and they will see a page something like this.
If you are running a very popular website with millions of monthly visitors, or you are hosting your own videos or sharing high-resolution images, then you should be worried about bandwidth. And just like unlimited storage, many web hosts provide “Unlimited Bandwidth”, so make sure to learn more about their usage policy.
3. Language Support
Before you pick your hosting plan you should be aware of what your website is made of. Your server side language support must go hand in hand with your website.
As an example, if your website is made with PHP, WordPress. Magento, or any other PHP & MySQL based framework then you should go for Linux Hosting and if your website is made with ASP .NET & MySQL then you should go for Windows hosting. This is good for most small & medium scale websites but this doesn’t mean you should always look for PHP, ASP .NET or MySQL support.
If you want to move to Ruby on Rails in coming future make sure your web host supports it. And if you want to switch to Django, make sure there’s Python support.
4. Email Accounts
Many web hosts provide email accounts for your domain name. Do look for this in your web hosting plan also check which email clients do they support. Do they support web-based clients such as Horde, SquirrelMail, RoundCube or similar? How about integration with Zoho Mail or G Suite (formerly Google Apps)? Do they support mail client choice via IMAP and POP?
Also, don’t forget to check for email security such as SSL certificate, and SpamAssassin for protecting your email from spammers.
5. Tech Support
Tech support is on of the most important factors you should look into. Because if your site goes down or you are having some problem with email or something else, with a support from your web host it’s hard to get back on track.
So, first and foremost do check what kind of support they are offering phone, chat, email or support ticket? At what times and how fast do they respond? You should look for fast and quality supports which all of your concerns you have. Never go for a web host until unless you know exactly what support they offer.
There are plenty of factors you have to consider while choosing a web host. Again, I would recommend going with Bluehost or HostGator. But do your own research and figure out which one will suit you the most.
I hope this article will help you to choose a good web hosting plan. I didn’t want to overwhelm you with too much information, so I’ve left aside many details. Try to go with a good web hosting company and remember these tactics while choosing a plan and everything will fall into place.
Now it’s your turn.
What other things do you consider while picking the best hosting plan that suits your needs? Share your valuable thoughts in the comments section below.