1. Know your needs, relay them.
It’s near impossible to get a good deal with a great webhost that fits your project like a glove if you don’t plan your needs out beforehand. So, before you go searching for a good host, put everything aside and consider the following questions:
- What sort of website are you planning to build?
- How much space would you need? (Plan for backups.)
- Do you need Linux or Windows webhosting?
- Does your planned website need special software?
- Is a particular version of software needed? (ie. PHP)
- How large can the web traffic go? (ie. Visitors per month.)
If you are totally new:
For people new to the concept of hosting websites, the definite rule is: “start small, but, plan ahead.”
A starter shared webhosting account is in-expensive and will suit most Small to Medium website projects. And, you always have the option of upgrading to hosting your own site on a VPS or Dedicated Server in the future. Getting started on a shared hosting plan helps you minimize the costs while your website is in its early stages, and, monitor your websites success; Allowing you to revise and make any needed changes later on.
Our recommended shared web-hosting plans: https://www.bluemountainhost.com/shared-hosting
2. Server Reliability / Up-time Scores.
Nothing is more annoying than constant downtime on your website, losing you visitors and potential leads. Look for a webhost that operates on a powerfull server infrastructure and stable network connection. 99.5% is a staple recommended up-time score, and, anything below 99% is absolutely unacceptable!
(Server uptime for Blue-Mountain Host)
3. Multiple Addon Domains.
In modern times, domain names are cheap, especially with dollar-domain promotions being a regular occurence, so finding a host that allows for multiple domains to be added to a single hosting plan is very important. Here at Blue-Mountain Host, all of our plans allow for 10+ addon domains (Browse individual plan details for plan-specific ammounts.) According to the following Web Hosting Talk Survey 80% of voters indicated that they own 5+ domains, while 20% confirmed owning 50+ domains. Hence: it is of paramount importance that you factor in how many domains you plan on assigning to a single web-hosting service, which will help you find the perfect webhost and plan to suit those needs!
4. Subscription Periods and Contracts.
Many larger webhosts force their clients to buy into unreasonably long contracts with lowered price-per-month deals. The best practice is to look for web-hosts that allow their clients multiple subscription options (monthly, quarterly, yearly and etc…) This allows you to test-drive your new website or project without making any large financial commitments just yet. Should you sign up for any contracts longer than a month? Generally our answer is NO – be cautious signing up with any provider for long subscription periods, unless they offer a clear “Anytime Money-Back Guarantee.” We recommend to determine your own needs, and time-range on being able to assess the success of your new web-site, or simply: how long you will need it for ahead of time and make a decision that factors the aforementioned information in.
5. Website Backups and Your Webhost.
What is more annoying than website downtime? Website downtime after which you can not recover your data! There are occasions where your site crashes, you make an accidental un-intended change, a hacker lays havoc upon your site or the server has internal failures.
If your webhosting provider performs scheduled regular backups of their clients’ sites then there is nothing to worry about when these sorts of occurrences happen. At Blue-Mountain host, we perform weekly backups of our clients’ websites. But, as always, we advise that you make regular backups of your website, just to always have a double-guarantee no matter how reliable a host may seem. When looking at potential webhosting providers, here are some key questions to ask yourself in regards to backups:
- How regular are the backups that the webhost in question makes?
- Does their control panel allow you to easily make your own backups?
- Can you set a cron job to auto backup your site?
- Can you easily restore backups, or get in-touch with support staff to swiftly restore the files for you?
No two people are identical – Wrapping up.
Perhaps the idiom is not necessarily factual, but the meaning most likely carries across. There is never a concrete best solution to fit everyone’s hosting needs.
Different types of websites and blogs will always have different needs. When you are choosing a website hosting provider, remember your answers to the previously discussed points and ideas; This will help you pick the webhost that best suits your needs. It’s not necessarily about finding the absolute BEST webhost as much as finding the RIGHT one!