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Web Hosting – What to Look For When Choosing a Hosting Package

Web Hosting – What to Look For When Choosing a Hosting Package

When thinking building a website for your online business, the first problem many people face is looking for good quality, affordable web hosting. This is a problem many people face on a daily basis, and with a number of disreputable web hosts out there, it can be hard to find a good deal or to know the difference between a good package and a bad one.

For newcomers to website hosting, there are normally three alternatives.  ISP provided hosting, free hosting, and paid hosting.  Each three have pros and cons, but generally speaking if you are looking to create anything other than a personal website, some form of paid hosting is essential. 

Paid hosting can vary, with many options available it can seem bewildering for newcomers.  But the truth is that many web hosting companies deliberately try and ‘con’ new users into thinking they are getting a good deal.  Anything other than the essentials below is advertised fluff.

• Windows/Linux – The first thing you should decide is whether or not you need Windows-based hosting or Linux-based hosting.  If you don’t know the difference then Linux is the best way to go. 

• CPanel – To make things easy and ensure that you always have a good feature-set of additional extras, you should always make sure you find a CPanel host.  CPanel is a web-based administration utility that makes your life really straight-forward and ensures your site has databases, programming languages and is fully featured and standards compliant. 

• Bandwidth/disk space – Knowing the limits of the ‘bandwidth’ and disk space is vitally important.  Bandwidth is a term to describe essentially how many visitors you can have to your site.  Disk-space is exactly what it seems, the size of files you can have.

There really is nothing more to choosing a host.  Look for a reliable company, don’t be afraid to ask them questions, and follow the above.

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