14 steps to choose a hosting service for your website

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  1. Before you decide on a web host first decide what you need. Do you want one for juvenile reasons or do you want one for local business or to make money online.

“Simply, whether a personal catch or a professional hatch?”

  1. Do they have a simplified site builder system in case you don’t know the technical aspect of building a website comprising of programming and coding, Most of them do but be cautious that all site builders made available by the hosting companies are under ownership. So mostly all of them are configured with company’s hosting servers if so later in time if you want to switch hosts it won’t be possible without rebuilding.
  1. If you are beginner with no practical experience just planning a small website: Do insure that they do have cpanel and ISPconfig with a system that will let you setup your blog in just few clicks. For newbie’s It’s an easier alternative to FTP-file transfer protocol but note that this convenience is restricted to small sites only.
  1. If you are completely naïve to website building do they provide you with free tutorials or website building application or help you to achieve desired goals you have from the website.
  1. Go for an e-mail with domain name for your website: The most appropriate is to go with a host that provides you with virtually unlimited mailboxes and auto responders. These services are essential to stay in touch with your customers or readers. Having Your_Name@websites_ name.com looks more professional and official.
  1. Inquiring about the upload method: Well using an online manager is much time consuming when transferring large amounts of data rather FTP provides more flexibility and lest time consumption in maintenance of your website. Non-techies please look out for a hoist which ensures a good online manager.
  1. For entrepreneurs: Go for the one which accompanies your analytical and statistical skills by providing you website’s progress logs.
  1. Have enough space for growth: The amount of space would matter if it grows bigger than allowed. But then again don’t be fooled by their marketing tricks or heavy discounts on packages. Switching hosts would be more problematic and can be eased with prior planning. An average website uses less than 100 MB.
  1. Test the speed of host’s network to your location by clicking start > run > type in “command” enter, and then type “ping hostdomainname.com” look for average ping. The lower the number the fair are the chances and faster the loading.
  2. Choose a host which provides good customer service with 24/7 telephone support, chat facility and 24-48 hours email support. Do check out their average response time and true uptime guarantee, though uptime guarantee has innumerable terms and condition clauses.
  3. Ensure access to cgi-bin directory for interactive features: It’s the directory where scripts are carried out.CGI scripts are the backbone of all the functions of the web. Every form you fill out, any product you buy or use a forum you are running a script of one type or another.
  4. Make transactions with a secure server of https:// potential because your customers will expect it. Security is of utmost importance to the customers. A visitor concerned about the insecurity of his transaction will never be a customer. An alternative to expenses in https (SSL certificate) would be using a payment gateway. PayPal and Google checkout are secure enough.

13 Check on the hosting you are buying: Most small to medium websites do well with inexpensive shared hosting but if you have a big and active website with more than 10 GB of occupied space then “dedicated hosting” is well desired.

  1. Good to know: Differences between a Linux server and a windows server. Linux servers are not expensive to buy and operate, stable enough and more secured than windows server. And in all aspects is better than windows server.

 

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