How To Choose A Web Host?
So you want to be a professional blogger? An online entrepreneur? Want to make money online?
If you answered Yes to any of the above then you need to be on your own web host. Free web hosts are not worth it if you mean some serious business.
But there are very many paid web hosts out there. How should you decide which one to choose? Let me help you find the answer to this question in this article.
By the way, Bluehost is one of the most popular web hosts out there. A lot of bloggers use it due to its useful features and you may use the Bluehost coupon codes to get some discounts on their plans.
1) Decide What You Want
First of all you should be clear what your targeted visitors are going to be like. Are you going to create your cousin’s marriage site which only your family and friends are going to visit? Then probably you can use a free web host and a free blog of Blogspot or WordPress.
But if you want to attract visitors and want to run an online business (say) then you have to spend some money. First preference is a self-hosted WordPress system but see what suits you.
2) Do They Have cPanel, ispCP or ISPConfig?
cPanel, ispCP or ISPConfig is a system that lets users access the files and website without knowing how to use ftp – file transfer protocol. A good web host must have these with a system that will let you set up your own blog or forum with just a few clicks.
Many bloggers and site owners find this feature useful but you must be aware that it will work for small sites not medium or big corporate ones because of the difficulty to update.
3) Will You Get Official Email Addresses?
Suppose your website’s URL is www.codemasters.com. An email address like [email protected] looks far more professional than something like [email protected]
Check whether the web host is providing a professional email address which contains the domain name in it. It’s best to go with a host that provides unlimited autoresponders, pop mailboxes, email aliases etc.
4) Buy Enough Space
Buy enough space but not too much. The amount of space good web hosts provide would matter if your website grows bigger than allowed. A very common marketing gimmick is that some hosting companies advertise huge packages such as 25 GB or even more. Actually what happens is that the vast majority of sites never use more than 1% of that space.
If you are planning on a simple website, 5 GB would be obviously a lot more than enough. On an average websites don’t even occupy more than 50 MB.
I hope the four reasons discussed above will help you choose a web host wisely. Do leave a comment below telling me if you know of any other good tip to consider before buying a web host.