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How to choose a Web Host

  1. 1. ==== ====For One of the best hosting sites. Check this ====Choosing the right Web Host mattersWhether youre putting up a personal website or a commercial one, you should choose your webhosting provider wisely. The reason is that you will most definitely want your website to be seen bythe largest number of people. To do that it is essential to take a little time to go over certain basicbut very important factors that will ensure more visibility for your site.Points to consider when choosing web hostingThere are so many web hosting providers and packages on offer today. Each one of them havetheir own unique advantages and weaknesses. So how would one decide which one to choose?Even after you zone in on a particular provider, you still need to choose the hosting package thatwill suit you. Every web hosting site offer many different types of packages to choose from. Themost popular type is the Unlimited Bandwidth package.The following points should make your task of choosing web hosting simpler for you.1. Server Uptime & Customer Support:The most basic thing for a website to be found on the internet depends on whether the serverwhere the files are stored is online i.e. up and running at any given time. This is called ServerUptime.You will find that most of the web hosting providers will claim a 99.99% server uptime.Some even claimed 100%.If you have time, search for comments by users of the provider on internet forums or elsewhereonline. Or go for the larger more established hosting companies who have built a trustedreputation. Most good hosting companies have multiple server data and power backups. A fewalso promised 100% and they do that by guaranteeing refund of fees in the eventuality that anydowntime might happen.Another very important feature of a good web hosting is Customer Support. They should providecustomers with 24/7 phone and internet support. They should have a good collection of tutorialsand FAQs readily on their site in case you might need help. Make no mistake, you will contact yourhosting support more often than you think, especially if you are serious about your website.2. Pricing & included featuresThe range of pricing and features included in web hosting packages are pretty wide. You will want
  2. 2. a fair balance of features and quality that will suit your needs. As with any other product, cheapusually gets less quality. On the other hand some pricing can be exorbitant without any specialvalue.The prices of hosting packages are usually dependent on the set of features included. Theseincludes data storage and bandwidth limits, number of allowed addon domains and subdomains,number of email and ftp accounts hosted, shared or virtual or dedicated server plans,programming languages and databases, site tools, shopping cart etc, and the list goes on. Onecan be easily confused with these numerous choices more so if you are not familiar with them.Dont worry, we will cover the essential ones in the next paras.Pricing for a fair value shared hosting packages usually starts around 6-8 US$ per month. VirtualPrivate/Dedicated Server around US$ 30-50 pm and Dedicated Servers at US$ 60-80 pm.Pricing tip: If you have not acquired a domain name or want to add another, then some packagesinclude free domain with hosting. They can be a good bargain.3. Data Storage and Bandwidth limitsIf you are new to putting up websites, you might have very little idea about how much data storagespace and bandwidth your site will need. First off, dont worry too much about this. Even the mostprofessional people will tell you that themselves. Because your needs will grow as the number ofvisitors to your website increases, you will know all about it as you go along.Data Storage Space: Unless you intend to host lots of video/movie clips or a gigantic amount ofbig resolution pictures, most hosting packages will do. Normal websites rarely occupy beyond 40-50 MB (megabytes of storage space). The basic shared hosting package for the top registrarcosting $4.99 pm includes 10 GB(1000 MB) of storage space.Bandwidth Limits: Bandwidth limit is the amount of data transfers your hosting permits per month.This depends on how much visitors your site has and the type of files you serve i.e. basic webpages, pictures or video clips etc. Here too, not that much to worry about for normal websites.Most hosting providers will offer "Unlimited Bandwidth" even on their value shared hostingpackages.One word of caution though for those intending to host video/movie clips or high resolutionpictures. Do not be fooled by Unlimited Bandwidth Shared Hosting packages. If you go through the"Terms of Use" and "Common Usage Policy" for most shared hosting packages, they willundoubtedly have a section where it says that you are not permitted or will be charged extra for"abnormally high data bandwidth usage". Advice is you will probably be better off choosing VPS ordedicated server or Cloud hosting or high bandwidth packages.3. Shared Hosting vs Virtual Private Server vs Dedicated Server vs Cloud HostingHow to choose between these types of hosting? Putting it simply, you should choose by how busyor popular you think your site will be viz Shared - VPS - Dedicated - Cloud, in that order.Shared Hosting: Majority of websites on the internet are on Shared hosting. It is good for personal
  3. 3. and small websites. They are the most economical of hosting packages. In shared hosting, anumber of hosting accounts usually 10-100 are hosted on a single physical server. They share thesame server storage and broadband connection.Shared hosting is particularly recommended for starters and small to medium personal andcommercial websites that do not host picture/movie/video downloads.They can cost between $5-$15 per month.Virtual Private Servers: This type of hosting is usually used by medium websites with mediumstorage and bandwidth requirements. Virtual Private Servers are hosted on unique ip addresses(eg. and are virtually like a dedicated physical stand-alone server, but with less costthan a physical dedicated server. The way it works is that multiple accounts say 3-10 are hostedon a single physical server, each accounts having its own unique host id or ip address, datastorage and bandwidth separated from each other by software.VPS hosting can cost between $30 to $150 per month depending on the features for a 1 yearcontract. Note: All hosting packages price decrease as you increase the number of years ofcontract.Dedicated Server: They are usually used by the medium to big websites who need storage andbandwidth scalable to their requirements. They are hosted on separate physical servers. In otherwords they have a server rented out to them. They have full control over the server with its ownunique address, hard disk, ram and bandwidth.The price of renting a dedicated server depends on the physical components of the server, thehard disk capacity, the processor version, the amount of ram and the broadband connection.Prices can vary between $65 to $200 and beyond per month.Cloud Hosting: A relatively new thing in the world of web hosting, Cloud hosting is the nextgeneration type of hosting. Instead of having one physical server, cloud hosting uses severalservers located in different locations connected to each other.The main advantages of cloud hosting is the scalability factor and cost efficiency. For big websitesthere is big benefits. As a website grows larger than its current capability, all they need to do isadd another server to join the networked group of servers.Cloud hosting packages can be priced anywhere from $100 to $550 and beyond depending on thestorage and bandwidth requirements.4. Addon Domains & Sub DomainsAddon Domains are the domain names i.e. websites eg. "","" that you want to host with your hosting provider. If you intend to hostmore than one website, you need to choose the package that allows it. Most of the cheapest webhosting packages will allow only one website.Sub Domains: They are the different directories that you may want to create eg."" or "". The number of Sub Domains
  4. 4. allowed may be different on different packages. Do not confuse this with folders eg."" or "". There is no limit on folders.5. Email and FTP accountsEmail Accounts: These are unique email accounts for your website/s eg. "".You can set these up and give it to anyone, your friends, visitors, customers. No worries herecause most of the hosting packages will give you plenty.FTP Accounts: FTP stands for "File Transfer Protocol". FTP accounts are used to access yourhosting files from web softwares. They are of tremendous help to web masters in that they allowyou to update, delete or create new files and folders in your host directly from web design softwareand ftp softwares. No worries here too as most packages will give you more than 10 accounts.You can allocate this to your designers and co workers as you like.6. Programming Languages & DatabasesFrontpage Server Extension, PHP5, Custom PHP.ini, Perl w/FASTCGI, Python CGI, Java, RubyCGI, Ruby on Rails w/FASTCGI, ColdFusion, MySQL(Unix), MsAccess, MySQL(Win) etc.These are programming softwares and databases used by your hosting server. They are used forthe more advanced web features like automated content management, user management, runningscripts and programs etc. If you dont understand them, you dont need to. Because most of thepackage include the popular languages and databases that you might need when you want to usethem.7. Content Management, Blogs, Forums: Drupal, Joomla, Mambo, Nucleas, Moodle, Wordpress,Geeklog, Lifetype, Serendipity, phpBB, SMF, Vanilla Forum etc.These are ready made tools for setting up blogs, forums and content management to enhancewebsites. Most packages have enough choices here too.8. Website Tools, Marketing Tools, Shopping Cart Website Tools: Website Builder, Web AnalyticsTools, FrontPage Extensions, Google Custom Search, Google Webmaster Tools etc.These are basic tools that helps in building websites, gauging website popularity and statistics andsite enhancements included in most hosting packages.Marketing Tools: Google AdWords Credit - $50, Yahoo! Search Marketing Credit - $25, FacebookAds Credit - $50 etc.These are ad credits for advertising your website. They are great bargains if it is included.Shopping Cart - For those wishing to sell products online this tool is quite important. Mostpackages include them.9. Web hosting tips for good SEO
  5. 5. One of the things that improves Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and should be consideredwhen choosing a web host is the location of the server. Experience shows that search enginesfavor locally hosted websites when search is made. Big search engines like Google are known togive preference to locally hosted sites. This means that to rank higher in, for eg., UK, it helps tohave a web hosting server that is located within the UK. Another thing that also is known to helpSEO in local search rankings is regional TLDs or domain names. So for UK, the are given preference.Another point to note is that shared hosting can hurt your websites SEO rankings. Experts believethat if you have a site which shares the same server and ip address as a Google penalized site,your site also suffers as a result. The obvious way to avoid this is to host your site or sites on aseparate ip address which will mean a dedicated server of a Virtual Private Server.Resources: Here is a list of hosting packages you can start with - Unlimited Bandwith Hosting.Article Source: ====For One of the best hosting sites. Check this ====