How to Choose A Web Hosting Provider
Updated: Apr 7
"Selecting a reliable and high-performing web hosting service is a crucial part of any successful website." Did you know you can also use a website for your blog?
"Neglecting to choose the the right host can have disastrous effects on one's website-and ultimately, their business." Trying to figure out where to start can be daunting. In this article I highlight a company called Digital.
In this beginner’s guide on how to choose the best Web Hosting Provider, we’re going to show you how to get your website or blog up and running.
Digital offers a wealth of information on how to choose a provider. I wish they had been around when I started my first business. "Digital.com is an independent review website. They review the best products, services, and software for running or growing your small business website or online shop, and they apply a sentiment analysis algorithm to score companies, so that you can compare and find the best company for your needs."
"You don't need to be a technology expert to run an online business. Digital.com does the research for you, comparing the best products, services, and software to start or grow your small business website or online store."
However, a small business website, online shop, or a blog's income doesn’t happen overnight. You have to design a website that is both interesting and visually appealing. Then build a subscriber list of people who trust you, and finally, drive traffic regularly before you can start making an income.
In this article we are going to focus on the website. Unless you have your own servers at home or in an offsite facility, you will need a Web Hosting Provider.
Step 1. Website Design
You have to decide what type of website you need. Do you want to showcase a business? Do you want to sell products online? Do you want to write articles or a Blog? Knowing the answer to this question will help narrow down the number of providers from which to choose.
Step 2. Estimate Traffic
"The amount of traffic your site gets will significantly impact what type of hosting you need. For example, shared hosting is the best option if you run a small site with little traffic." If you are starting an eCommerce website you might need more bandwidth to handle more traffic.
Step 3. Determine Type of Hosting
"The amount you pay for hosting largely depends on the type of hosting you purchase. Each has its advantages and disadvantages." Click on each link for more information.
Shared Hosting - "The amount you pay for hosting largely depends on the type of hosting you purchase. Each has its advantages and disadvantages."
Virtual Private Server Hosting - "While you still share the same physical server with other sites, you are set up with a unique virtual server and IP address."
Dedicated Hosting - "Your physical server or servers are for your website only. This is a more expensive type of hosting, but it is also the most reliable."
Cloud Hosting - "Takes the dedicated approach one step further and spreads your site across multiple servers."
WordPress Hosting - "You can log in to the site much like you would on your local machine and manage everything through What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editors."
Get SSL Certificates - "SSL (and its successor, Transport Layer Security or TLS) ensure sensitive data remains safe when transferred between two systems."
Step 4. Determine Other Features
There are several other features you might want to consider when choosing a web hosting provider. These include: The number of emails you will need, amount of disk space, how much bandwith, cost to signup and renew, ease of setup and use, customization, technical support, and cancellation.
Step 5. Whew!
Sounds like a lot huh? Well it is, but if you do your research upfront, you will have less problems once your website is up and running. Although all of these features are important, I cannot stress how important it is to have good technical support for your website, especially if you are new. Without it, it can be a very frustrating experience unless you are lucky enough to have a good tech in your family or a friend.
If you are looking for more information on this topic, please go to digital.com. This website does the comparing for you, all you need to do is choose.
I want to thank Digital for collaborating with me on this article, so I could bring it to you, my readers, in an easy to understand format.