Web Hosting companies are not created equally

Your host is probably one of the most important parts of your online presence. But how many people choose to host their websites on a platform that just does not measure up to their expectations.

My guess is millions. What is the reason for the bad choice? Well, many folks just do not know what to shop for when they are wanting to put a website online.

Most likely, they are more concerned with getting a place online and trying to get traffic to that place that they never even give any thought to the hosting company. Never any consideration to what they will do for you and more importantly, what they just plain don’t do.

It was the same for me and not just on one occasion. I have been on the short end of the stick many times and always vowed never to get a crappy web host again, so why did I?

To be totally honest, it was just one factor that I was giving priority to and that was the cost. Sure, I was concerned with whether they were going to let me have enough space and bandwidth to host more than one site on there.
I was concerned with the fact that I needed an easy to use control panel like CPanel and that they supplied the code stuff like WordPress and shopping cart code that was easy to set-up.

So, what is so bad about looking at my choices in this way?
When your priority is: how much is it going to cost for a year’s hosting, then you are committing a big mistake. The reason being is this, there are several companies that will give you cheap hosting and not only that, they will supply an easy to administer dashboard like vDeck or CPanel, but they limit you in a lot of other ways, too many to list here.

That is why you should make your decision based on a number of factors and not letting cost be the priority in the final decision.

Here is a list of the Top 5 priorities for choosing a host that will be used to serve more than one domain, preferably more, and for being easy to the install scripts (WordPress, etc.) that could be a burden to install from just uploading by File Transfer Protocol (FTP):

  1. Reliability and uptime
  2. Bandwidth Allowance
  3. Unlimited SQL Databases
  4. Updated PHP processor module
  5. Trustworthy Help with chat and phone access

Please note that these are my own priorities which have been chosen after several years of cheap hosting companies taking advantage of the fact that some folks (like me) simply will not do the  required research into what it means to be a good web host. 

If you are just interested in getting a website up and running in minimal time with little fuss and you are not planning on getting any visitors other than the ones you tell to go there, then by all means get the one that costs the least and looks nice and shiny!

I am not going to recommend any host in this article because it would be useless without first knowing what your requirements are. Just remember, to save a lot of time (time=money) and bad feelings, it would serve you better to shop around and do some reading from trusted sources.

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Web Hosting Terms That You Really Should Know

 

If you are new to web hosting then the new vocabulary may seem a bit formidable. It may seem that those involved with web hosting are speaking a different language, but it really won’t take you long to pick up a lot of what you need to know. The following terms are some of the more important ones that you should be familiar with.

 

Bandwidth the term bandwidth is often used in web hosting to describe the amount of data that you are allowed to transfer in one month. Each time that your website gets a visitor, data will have to be transferred to their computer from your web host’s server. Every month you will be allocated with a certain amount of bandwidth and if you exceed this amount you will be charged extra. Gigabytes is the measurement that is used when it comes to bandwidth.

 

Storage Space You will be given an allowance for storage space on the web host’s server as well as a bandwidth allowance with most web hosting packages. Things like video and audio can take up a lot of storage space so if you plan on having these on your website you would be better to choose web hosting that offers a larger amount of storage.

 

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) The most common way of transferring files around the internet is by file transfer protocol. Since the beginning of the internet, FTP has been around.

 

IP Address The actual address of your net server is referred to as the IP address (internet protocol address). The IP address is numeric and it is this that the internet uses for locating your pages which will have an IP address.

 

Above are just a few of the terms you will hear discussed in relation to web hosting. There are quite a number of other terms that you will more than likely come across when reading about web hosting in subsequent articles.

 

When you decide to go into internet marketing, you should make sure that you have web hosting UK set up beforehand. Newbie’s can find, though, that the web hosting world can be rather confusing. An example of this could be coming across free web hosting or even dedicated servers while searching different options.

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Advice For Choosing Free Web Hosting

There are plenty of things that we can get for free on the internet nowadays because of the growth of the web; and who could argue that it is nice to get something for nothing. If you are looking for web hosting for your website then you will be able to find plenty of free options. However the saying ‘all that glitters is not gold’ is worth keeping in mind in this case. If you want to make sure that the free web hosting service that you do choose is not going to damage your website then the tips below should help.

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– The best thing to do when it comes to free web hosting is to make sure you do your research and have a good look around. The free options cover a wide range from very good to dreadful. And unless you know what it is you are looking for, you may well end up choosing a bad service. It really is worth taking the time to do a bit of research so that you can be sure to get a good service.


– When it comes to web hosting review it is not a good idea to rely too heavily on them. Many web hosts actually write their own reviews or pay someone to write them for them. The reviews can be helpful but you need to make sure that you are not depending on them too much. If a wide range of people are giving good reviews then this can be a good omen.


– Make sure you understand about web hosting storage space and bandwidth before choosing any free option. The best way to ensure that your visitors get the most from your website is to ensure you are choosing a web host which can offer reasonable amounts of bandwidth and storage.


– Before you sign up for anything, you want to find out how you are expected to pay for this service. You are not going to have to pay money for a service like this but you could be asked for another form of payment such as having ads placed on your site. Make sure that the price you will pay will be something you are happy to live with.


When you decide to go into internet marketing, you should make sure that you have cheap web hosting dealt with beforehand. Newbie’s can find, though, that the web hosting world can be rather confusing. An example of this could be coming across domain names while searching different options.

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