When choosing a website hosting company you will first want to ask yourself what are you looking to get out of hosting? What exactly are you going to be using your website for? Are you looking to start an online business and want to earn extra money with it? If you answer yes to this question, then there are certainly some things to considered before you dive in.
There are free website hosting packages available and are very easy to set up. However, if you are going to be running your website as a business or trying to earn extra money with it, then I would recommend staying away from the free option. The reason here is that while free sounds good and you may be working on a limited budget, you will not be able to produce a very “Professional” looking site. There are also other features that you will need or want that come with most hosting packages that simply won’t be available with a free account.
Features of certain website hosting packages are what you will have to consider based on what you want to do with your site. If you are going to be selling ebooks, for example, then you may want the ability to accept credit card orders. If you are going to be providing a lot of information via downloads, then you may want unlimited bandwidth (Bandwidth is a term used to describe how much information can be transmitted over a connection). If you are thinking about putting up a blog site then you will want to make sure the web host offers Word Press (most popular blog) or supports it.
One of the most important features of a hosting company (to me) has to be customer support. This can be the difference when counting on your website up time and keeping your site running smoothly, especially if you are just starting your first website or have little experience. There is simply no substitute for great customer support, which sometimes seems like a lost art these days!
I have been with a few different hosts in my 12 years of being online so I have seen the good and the not so good. Now I am not a website genius or expert programmer but I had one experience when a company I was with at the time could not figure out the issues my site was having (not going to go into details or name names) but I had to eventually figure out the problem for myself and it cost me a lot of down time!
Needless to say I wasn’t with the host for long! That is again why I cannot stress enough about having great customer service.
Well now you should have a couple of ideas on what to look for when choosing a web hosting company. It’s always best as with any purchase to take your time and make sure you know what you are getting and what best fits your needs.
Joseph P Helberg
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Most people don’t know this, but it is possible to create a website without spending a single cent. One thing that you obviously need to start a website is hosting, and lucky for you there are several reliable free hosting services that you can use free of charge. To help you find a great free host, I compiled this list of the top 10 free web hosting services with no ads for 2014. This list includes some of the best free web hosting providers on the internet. The one provider that I chose as the top free web hosting service is one that I personally use to host my friend’s website. So far the uptime has been extraordinary and his website loads very quickly. When I upload files to his site via FTP, they actually upload more quickly than many of the paid hosting plans that I’ve used in the past. Unfortunately, these free hosts may not like it if you use up too much of their resources. So I would only recommend using these services to people with simple static websites that take up no more than a few hundred megabytes of space, and get very little traffic. If you need 10 gigabytes of free space and 50 gigabytes of transfer per month you will have to pay for your hosting because no free host will accept your site.
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