In addition to the points mentioned above, I have 7 more useful tips to look out for while selecting a hosting party. When choosing a hosting party, note the following:
- Uptime guarantee
- 2 Data limits
- 3 Disk space
- 4 Support
- 5 Access to FTP, PHP, Perl, SSI, .Htaccess, SSH, MySQL, CRON
- 6 SSL support
- Location of your server
A web host must not only be fast and reliable, a good host guarantees that its servers are always available. For example, many web hosting companies guarantee that your server and therefore your website will be online and accessible 99% of the time.
This means the maximum number of bytes that can be sent when visitors click on your website. Even though unlimited hosting is the standard for many hosting parties, you can consider this as a trick to attract customers as new websites do not need this.
Most small and new websites use less than 3GB of data per month. Do not fall for the “Unlimited bandwidth” offers from hosting parties as there are often limitations in the fine print. Make sure that you do not go beyond these restrictions because in many cases you will have to pay extra.
Every hosting provider is a landlord for a piece of hard disk, just like it is in your computer. You can use this space for various applications, such as mail, website, database, etc. Most small websites (without videos or music streams) use less than 2GB of space. So don’t be tempted by promises such as “Unlimited disk space” or “100GB of disk space”, you will not use this anyway and if you can, you can always upgrade.
Technical support is useful and important, especially in the beginning. Make sure you don’t end up at a hosting party where they are particularly good at selling and not solving problems.
Access to FTP, PHP, Perl, SSI, .Htaccess, SSH, MySQL, CRON
If you pay for a web hosting account, make sure that you have access to all the parts mentioned. This ensures that you do not have to wait for permission or approval before you can add a new feature to your website.
If you plan to sell goods and services through your website, it is essential to see if your future web host supports SSL. If you want to accept payments from your visitors, it is important that this is done via a secure connection.
Location of your server
It is important that your server is as close as possible to your visitors, so the further away from the visitor’s server is, the longer it takes. For example, it is not advisable to put a US blog on a server in the United Kingdom because this can negatively influence the website loading times (distance = time).