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Published on November 10th, 2015 | by Guest

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How to choose the right host

There is an abundance of web-hosting companies all offering the same thing, but they all do the same thing which is to connect your website to the internet. So how do you choose the right hosting company for your business?

Ensuring that the hosting company you choose is right for your business is important and making sure that they don’t make things difficult for your business is the key to success which is why it is important to understand the different types of hosting. Once you understand what is available you can make the right choice and one that works best for you.

As you look around at the plans you will quickly realise that there are several available as well as the options below.

Individual plans

These are often cheaper and more affordable than the other options with some introductory plans starting at £1 per month. These plans offer support for one domain with limits being put on the features, bandwidth and data storage. Therefore, they are perfect for those beginners who are not likely to see a lot of traffic and won’t require any special features.

Dedicated Servers

Individual plans are also known as shared hosting plans and this is because the space is shared with other website owners. However, when websites become too big for these plans they need to move to something that can provide them with their own servers.

These plans do come at a higher cost per months and if you know that your website is likely to increase in size then look to pick a host that offers the above plan and this plan because this will make upgrading and the transition a lot easier.

Reseller Accounts

This kind of hosting sits neatly between the individual plan and the dedicated server plan and this makes it possible for account holders to create individual plans under the same account. These accounts are usually beneficial to those businesses that will require more than one website.

As soon as you have chosen your hosting plan there are several issues that have to be considered when choosing a provider.

The cost

Whilst it is important to find a hosting provider that do not charge the earth, it is important to stay away from those that offer their services for free. This is simply because you are unlikely to get the same reliability and the no-charge is often covered by annoying adverts.

Reviews count

Customer reviews play a big part because any hosting company can have a good looking website and promise to offer you everything you want and they can end up being a completely unreliable host. Look for reviews from current customers and past customers because it is quite easy for the company to create their own review.

Customer support

It does not matter whether you are new to this or whether you are an old hand because the truth is, everyone needs excellent customer support. Things can go wrong at any time and you need to be assured that they will be there to help you at every step. Their help can stop further damage being made to your site which means it can help to protect your business.

Ideally a company that comes with 24/7 support over the phone, email and online will give you plenty of options when it comes to dealing with problems. Ensure that you test them before committing to see if they do match what you require.

Allowances

More hosting plans are now offering unlimited storage and bandwidth but it is important to find out whether there are any limitations as this will enable you to determine whether your website will be able to operate efficiently.

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