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Buying Web Hosting – Things To Consider

Buying web hosting services, needs careful consideration, due to the many factors that determine the type of web hosting service you receive. Shared web hosting is an ideal service for most people, whether you are just launching a new website or are switching from one shared hosting provider to another. If you expect your monthly website traffic to be under around under 20,000, shared webhosting could be your best option.

When it comes to buying web hosting, you need to be checking on the reliability of a shared hosting company. Many of these web hosting companies will promote “unlimited offers” such as unlimited bandwidth, but in reality, should your website exceed a large number of monthly visitors, you may find the speed of your website drops. Also when reviewing the web hosting company, it is important to check on any customer feedback they have displayed. In particular check on any positive comments about their support and customer service.

Tips on buying web hosting

Comparing web hosting companies so as to be able to choose the best deal for you is important. By doing a quick search for web hosting companies at www.AffordableHosts.co.uk will display some of the best web hosting companies available.

A Web Hosts Data Centers

Important points to check are things such as the location of the web hosting companies’ data center’s. Generally speaking, if the data center’s are based in the United Kingdom or Europe, data will be transferred a lot faster.

Where is the Web Hosts Support Team?

Where does the web host have their support team based? Are they in the UK, Europe and what time zone are they working too? Some web hosting companies may offer 24 hour coverage, but others may only operate normal business hours. What happens if you have an issue with your website at night or the early hours? Will you be able to reach the support team of the web hosting company?

The speed of a website

The speed of your website is paramount, nobody likes visiting a website that takes forever to load. Within a few seconds, a prospective visitor may “click off” your website to view a competitor’s, all due to the time it takes for your website to display. As a rule of thumb you should be aiming for a web server to have a response time in the region of 200ms. For those of you that are familiar with search engine optimization and the various ranking factors of websites, page response time can be a contributing factor. Therefore it is essential to choose a webhost that provide fast speeds at all time.

Backing Up Website Data

It is vital that your data is backed up regularly. You should always be thinking about “What if something happened to my website?” How would this impact you and what steps would you need to take to remedy it? Things can go wrong from time to time, but if you have backed up your website (daily…..maybe more frequently for larger sites) it would just be a minor inconvenience, should something go wrong and you have to restore from a backup. As we say, unfortunately things can go wrong with websites, whether this is through malicious actions or accidental deletion of data. This is an important part of buying web hosting and you need to be 100% sure that your web hosting company is offering you a regular backup of your website.

Email Hosting & Mailboxes

When it comes to email hosting, it is worth checking on how many mailboxes you are permitted. Many shared hosting companies will offer “unlimited” mailboxes, where others will place a “cap” or limit. This is usually dependent on which package you take with the web hosting company. Make a note of how many email addresses you will be requiring. Will it just be a single email address for yourself, or will there be a team of you? Will you need “generic” email addresses, along the lines of info@ or sales@ etc.?

Website Scripts & Software Updates

Depending on the software you are using to develop your website, check on whether your web hosting provider is offering support for the main scripts that you may be using. Things such as MySQL, Perl, PHP, .htaccess would be items you should be checking for. Try and also ascertain how frequently the updates are installed and made available to their clients? Many of these scripts will need you to be using the latest version.

Compare Web Hosting Prices

When buying web hosting, the price is of course critical when trying to compare web hosting packages. Whilst there is plenty of choice, as you can see from our guide on web hosting companies, the price point could be a determining factor. You really want to avoid the cheapest of the cheap wherever possible, as potentially this could mean hidden charges being presented as you sign up. Also be mindful that a web hosting company may try and ask you to sign up for a longer period, in return for offering you a very low package. Potentially once you are in “contract” it may be for a longer period and the web hosting company is able to hike its prices after an initial reduced period.

We wish you well with your search for buying web hosting and may we suggest you take a look at our web hosting comparison page, to learn more about the companies available.

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