If you're going to have a website -- and you should -- you need to have a reliable web host. How do you find a web hosting company with the features, support and price that serves your needs? Here are some tips that will help you select the right web host.
Take the time to research web hosts on the internet or on specific blogs. Then narrow down your first few choices. There are far too many web hosts, to do research on every one. But, by researching a short list of hosts you can avoid all the pitches and gimmicks that many of the hosts will try to sell you on.
Before choosing a web hosting service, decide whether your website is purely for personal use or whether you will at some point want to use it for business purposes. This would include whether you'd like to eventually sell items such as artwork or personal craft items. If this is the case, you will need more available space for graphics or a shopping cart.
Don't purchase a web hosting plan just because it offers unlimited disk space or bandwidth. Compare these plans with plans that offer a reasonable amount of space and bandwidth to determine which is the best plan for your needs. Sometimes plans that offer a finite amount of space or bandwidth are better for your particular needs than plans that offer unlimited quantities of space or bandwidth.
When choosing a free web hosting service, check to see how they make a profit from providing this service to you. Ask if they sell your personal information to third parties, and whether you can monitor which ads appear on your site. If there is no control over these things, then fork out the money for a basic package from a reputable hosting service.
There are many web hosting companies to choose from, but not all will be suitable for your site. Take the time to compare hosts, and put these suggestions to use as you assess your needs, make comparisons, and ultimately select the right web host with the service and features you need.