More than a decade ago, I bought my first web-hosting package. Over the following years, I have bought several. First, I would buy haphazardly, without really knowing what I wanted until I perfected my trade. It has been a learning experience for me and so I decided to share a few tips that I have used over the years. Although you have seen these tips before, there is nothing wrong with you reading them again and I am sure they are going to guide you to purchasing some good hosting packages without consuming too much of your time.
Assess your needs
It is important to have your needs in mind while selecting a web-hosting package. Having a running site is one thing but having one that works for you is quite another. If you want to host a blog, online business site, videos or any other complex content, you must find a hosting package that is large enough to store massive amounts of data. Some operations will also require a greater bandwidth. How much you are willing to spend on the hosting exercise will govern your choice too. Different web hosting packages retail at varying prices depending on the features and complexity. However, do not be so rigid on your budget for the most important thing is to secure a package that will meet your needs.
Determine the reliability of your web hosting provider – follow guidelines below
Ensure that the service provider you hire has the right skill and excellent customer care. Researching about them beforehand will prevent you from entrusting your investment to quacks. First, they should have a telephone contact through which you can contact them anytime. The phone must not necessarily be accessible for 24 hours but at least it should be open during business hours. A toll free phone service will portray the provider’s willingness to improve their customer’s website hosting experience.
In addition, they must have a support desk. This is essential when you have queries about your hosting plan. You should understand the time they take to respond to such questions. Ideally, the support should be on for 24/7 without failure or delays. It might seem irrelevant to take a look at the website. The way it is presented will tell you whether they will provide excellent service delivery to maintain their reputation.
Narrow down to four or five web hosting providers
Using the above guidelines, assess whether any of the four or five matches your needs. It is important to do some research on the providers. To get the most promising provider ensure that you;
- Gather information any relevant bit of information on the host.
- Do a comparison of the components of the hosting packages that the providers on your list provide. Also, remember to compare prices as they will vary among the companies even for similar web hosting packages.
- Never hesitate to ask for clarification on anything that you might not understand. You can use the phone, email or their support desk.
- Do not ignore the testimonials of their previous customers as this will give you a clear picture on the quality of their services.
- Perform a test on one of their customer’s site to check its loading speed.
- When you have ensured that all those things are intact, choose your plan and sign up.
There are numerous web hosting companies in the market today. You will be spoilt for choice once you want to choose a web host. Nevertheless, not all of them will give you high quality hosting packages. The above guidelines might not be comprehensive enough but they will help you in selecting a host service that will provide you high quality service and save you the agony of moving from one provider to the other all the time. I have been purchasing web hosting and servers for a couple of years but I am yet to encounter a provider who runs away in the middle of the transaction. You too can enjoy great services if you adhere to the discussed guidelines, as you make your choice.