Before Selecting Your Web Hosting Service: Read This First

on Thursday, 23 August 2012. Posted in Computers, Sci/Tech

When planning to start a website, the smart thing to do at the start is to spend time researching web hosts and making a selection based on need, reliability and availability of quality customer service.

Before Selecting Your Web Hosting Service: Read This First

Before you can start a website or a blog, it is necessary to find a quality web hosting service. These companies will allow you to register a domain name and upload files to start building your website. Since not all web hosting is created equal and companies can vary in terms of their packages, it's important to take a few key factors into consideration before making your selection.

Determine Your Needs

The first step to choosing a web hosting service is to name your needs and objectives. This will help you to narrow your choices and choose the most appropriate web hosting provider for your project. Unless you plan on building a huge website that requires a vast amount of resources, you should be fine with choosing a smaller hosting package. In most cases, a basic package will be sufficient and won't cost an arm and leg. If your website or blog ends up growing in the future, you can always upgrade your hosting package and get more bandwidth. For this reason, it's usually best for small scale website owners who are just starting out to stick with basic hosting. However, if you do plan on creating a large scale website, you will want to go with a company with quality technology services and a more extensive package.  

Easy to Use Platform

Another criteria to consider is how easy it is to build a website through the web hosting company. Unless you have previous experience with programming, you'll probably want to go with an easy to use platform. This way you can easily install a content management system without having to deal with the frustration associated with programming. It is a good idea to contact the hosting company and find out which content management systems they offer, and how easy it is to install these systems on their platforms. For example, Wordpress is popular and among the top-ranked content management systems because of its ease of use.

Reliability

Seeking a reliable web hosting company is extremely crucial because this will impact the performance of your website or sites. For example, you will want a company with fast servers and one that's constantly accessible to users all over the world. This way your website shouldn't experience errors and should load within a few seconds. Usually, doing a little research on the most reliable web hosts will yield the information you need to make an informed choice.

Customer Service

In most cases, you will also want to choose a company that offers quality customer service and technical support. Since there are many things that can go wrong with web hosting and running a website, you will want convenient access to a knowledgeable customer service staff to solve any problems that might occur. Any quality web host should have a telephone number where you can speak to support technicians or an instant messaging system where you can live chat with a technician. You should also determine what their average response time is to technical issues. The shorter the time, the better the service will be. Otherwise, you might find yourself in trouble when choosing a company with limited support. 

To summarize, you need to determine what your specific needs are when choosing hosting. You will usually want a platform that's easy to use and fairly intuitive. In addition, you should choose a reliable company that can give you support when you experience problems.

 

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Ebele Okocha is a business consultant and a contributing author for Quality Technology Services, a provider of IT infrastructure hosting needs with services including custom data center services, colocation and cloud Services. QTS is currently the third largest data center provider in the United States, with 3 million square feet of secure, state-of-the-art infrastructure.

Copyright © Ebele Okocha. Used with permission.

Comments (1)

  • clare simmons

    clare simmons

    23 February 2013 at 04:40 |
    All the major point here for finding a webhost

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