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Top 10 Considerations Before Choosing A Web Hosting Provider

1. Reliability and Consistent Speed

A good web host should offer you not only consistent reliability but should also guarantee its customers efficient and effective uptime. The web host should at least have a minimum uptime of 99.5% or higher in order to meet its client’s needs efficiently.

2. Traffic and Bandwidth

Don’t just rely on the ‘unlimited’ bandwidth claim of web hosters. Always feel free to contact their customer support and get the exact numbers of how much bandwidth coverage you’re allotted. Bandwidth is the driving force behind websites and should be a top priority when choosing a web hosting company.

3. 24/7 Technical Support

Glitches and downtimes happen to every web hosting company, therefore it is prudent to make sure that their tech support is top notch and customer’s needs are their top priority. Usually reading the review will help you gauge their customer support level.

4. Hardware Makeup

Always make sure that the web hosting company is willing to share the component makeup of their servers. If their machines are innovative and top of the line then you can expect good uptime and reliability.

5. Customer/Client Reviews

This is a very important aspect when choosing a web host provider. You have to make sure that they have many customer reviews and they are also for the most part positive and satisfactory. Of course web hosting providers can’t make everyone happy, but make sure that the positive reviews far outweigh the negatives.

 6. Secured Server (SSL)

If you’re planning on selling/buying through your website, then it is mandatory to make sure those types of transactions are done through secured servers. Make sure that that provider slows you to set up a secure server for all monetary transactions.

7. Types of User Interface

The majority of web hosts provide cPanel or Plesk to manage your accounts/websites as those two are very user friendly. If a different interface besides those two is offered, then make sure that you can easily use it and it fits all your needs.

8. Full Email Features

Make sure that the provider allows you multiple email accounts that include these crucial features: Mail forwarding, POP3, Auto-response and full spam protection.

9. Plugins/Add-ons

Apps and Add-ons are components that add flare and style to your website. Make sure the provider is updated with the latest plugins that meets all your social media, audio/video to domain privacy. Make sure these add-ons meet your needs and requirements.

10. Price

Last but not least, pricing is always on the top list of considerations for customers when choosing a web hosting provider. A good practice is to always make sure that whatever amount you’re spending on web hosting equates to you getting what you paid for.