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How To Choose A Web Hosting Service

May
28

Choosing the best web hosting service is an important step when setting up your blog or website for the first time. There are many services to choose from, but there are some that are well-known and worth your purchase.There are come considerations to explore when shopping around.

Services
What you need depends on what kind of website you plan to have. If you want to set up a blog, there’s a good chance you’ll be using WordPress, so make sure the web hosting company you choose supports WordPress and offers easy installation of WP. If you want to have an e-commerce website, then make sure whatever software you intend to use is also supported by your choice of hosting company.

Reliability
Most times, if you have a blog or a simple website, you’ll be using a shared server. This is fine for the majority of people out there (my blog is on a shared server). This means you’ll be sharing the server with other customers. You’ll want to know what the uptimes are for your service provider. Meaning, how often does the server go down (and your website along with it)? A good hosting provider will offer

Price
Hosting companies are plentiful, so it pays to shop around until you find the right fit for your budget. Most hosting providers offer a monthly rate, and many offer better pricing structures when you buy a year or even two years in advance. I tend to go with a yearly rate, but that’s just me. Do whatever you feel most comfortable with. If you’re just trying a company out, you may opt to go monthly until you’re sure they are providing all of the features you need.

Customer Support
Good customer support is extremely important if you run into an issue. I’ve had good providers and bad in the past, and there’s nothing worse than realizing your website is down and customer support isn’t there to help, or not offering to help you to troubleshoot your issue. You may be lucky and not need customer support ever, or for a long time, but when you do, you want to know that there’s someone there who can help sort things out. Look for providers that offer 24/7 support.

cPanel Access
At this point, most web hosting providers give cPanel access, which is basically a page giving you access to various items so that you can easily manage your website. This includes setting up email, accessing your web files, installing software and programs (including WordPress), adding subdomains and a lot more.

I’ll be updating my website soon to include a list of resources (hosting companies included) so that you have a starting point. But, be sure to do your own research, as you’ll be the one who has to make the final decision on what you feel offers the best combination of services, fees, etc., for your needs.

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