4 Basic Factors In Choosing A Web Hosting Company
Are you planning to be a website owner? Are you struggling on which hosting company to go for? You are not alone considering the glut of hosting companies nowadays as well as the resellers. Prior to that below are some hosting websites you can use as your basis do your selection:
Some international hosting companies include:
- InMotion Hosting.
In Nigeria and Ghana, some hosting companies which are potentially resellers include:
- Ovation Hall
- Ultrahost Ghana
Whether it is the conventional hosting or more recent cloud hosting you are looking for it is worth considering the factors below.
1.Hosting Company History: Checking how long long the company has been in existence is very important. The longer the company has been in existence, the most likely you will find comprehensive trusted and happy clients reviews on several forums. That not with standing some latest hosting website may offer juicy packages to attract customers. Some also try to downplay already existing companies by providing comparative features on their websites. Whereas some of the latest hosting websites may be reliable remember the old wise saying ‘ the devil(old hosting company) you know is better than the angel(latest hosting company) you don’t know. As a rule of thumb you may want to reconsider or avoid hosting companies less than 2 years old track record.
2. Customer support Availability: The last thing you would want to experience is to subscribe to a website hosting plan with poor customer support be it phone or email support. in addition to make sure the hosting company offers 24/7 support system so you don’t have to wait another working day just in case your server goes down and needs some fixing. You can imagine if you have to go through this ordeal of waiting whole weekend till the following Monday working day to access your hosting support. No website owner will want to go through this pain considering the potential loss in traffic and customers. More importantly, looking out for companies that offer toll free customer support and run 24/7 are a favourable option.
3. Hosting Charges: Considering how competitive web hosting has become. Hosting cost can be as low as $5 and as high as $30 per month depending on so many parameters such as number of websites, shared hosting or dedicated hosting,RAM etc. Thus it is important to assess the size or weight of your website and the projected traffic to assist you in making a cost effective decision. Interestingly most cloud hosting websites this days offer pay what you use packages of which most website owners find attractive since you only pay what you use. While making your decision it will be prudent to review the company’s refund policy so you don’t get caught up when things go wrong.
4. Hosting Software Interface: Depending on you IT knowledge you may want go for user friendly hosting software or advanced ones. The commonest one on the market is Cpanel with windows or linux platforms. They all come with their pros and cons. It is always advised to check you website requirements to know which Cpanel platform you will need. Personally, I go for hosting companies with Cpanel software since it is user friendly and has complimentary softwares that you can install with a click of a button!