How To Choose The Best Web Hosting Company

Things to Consider Before Choosing Your Web Hosting Company:

*  What Content Management System will you be using (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, etc.)?
*  Do you need PHP and MySQL?
*  Are you going to be using any special scripts such as eSyndiCat, publishing scripts like Subrion, etc.)?

First research what different hosting companies offer, at various price points. If your business requires that you have a large number of emails for your employees, this is one factor. Another factor that is important is the monthly bandwidth and the actual file space that they allow you to use. Hosting in America is generally a lot cheaper than in the United Kingdom, and because of that, you will find many companies who allow you to use several emails, lots of space, and a high bandwidth amount, without spending a lot of money each month.

Second, look at the languages that these companies support. If you are going to be running a WordPress or Joomla CMS, be sure to go with a hosting company that offers PHP support, MySQL, and at least one database. Some companies surprisingly do not offer databases with their standard hosting packages, AT&T for example. And some hosting companies do not have PHP settings that are optimized for running a content management system. GoDaddy is one hosting company that you do not want to use if you want to build a WordPress site, Joomla site, or any other PHP based CMS. GoDaddy is great for purchasing domain names, but that is all. Use them to buy domains and then point your domains to a good web server hosted by someone else.

Web Hosting Tips and Warnings

*  If you are building your first web site, call a web hosting company and tell them you need Linux hosting with cPanel, PHP, and MySQL. This will allow you to do everything you need, and you will still be able to administer it from a Windows PC.

*  Do not use Microsoft Hosting unless you absolutely KNOW that you need it (for example, if your site is going to run on ASP.NET.  Just because you are using Windows on your home PC doesn’t mean that Windows is what you want for your web server.

Finally, when you have found a few companies that have the right amount of emails, databases, language support, bandwidth, and file space, you are ready to narrow down your candidates according to their other perks. Does the host offer cPanel with Fantastico Deluxe? Do they have tech support available if you need it? The basic monthly price should be a factor in your decision, but it should not be the only factor you look at. I have tried over a dozen hosting companies since 1998 and found that sometimes it is worth paying an extra dollar a month for the extra support, shorter hold times (or even just a friendly tech person at the call center).

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