7 things you should look for when choosing a web host
Before you start looking for that perfect web host there are a few things you should keep in mind and consider. There are a lot of things to investigate when choosing a web host; here are 7 things you should look at:
[dropcap]1.[/dropcap] Support: You are bound to run into problems, that just comes with technology territory. Make sure that when your choosing a web host they are willing to offer support around the clock and opt for personal support. Some sites will offer chat and email support, but when it comes down to it, those methods are slow and not always efficient.
[dropcap]2.[/dropcap] App Access: Typically app access for your site is an added bonus; you do not need an app for your site. However, if you have the option or access to it, consider on that web host over one that doesn’t. Apps are very popular and becoming the norm for sites.
[dropcap]3.[/dropcap] Bandwidth: Bandwidth is very important or a site that will see a lot of traffic and that has a lot of media uses. If your site has many videos and media clips you want to make sure that you have ‘unlimited’ bandwidth. Some web host providers will cut your visitors off if you don’t have enough bandwidth. So be sure when choosing a web host they have some information about bandwidth and what happens if you reach your limit.
[dropcap]4.[/dropcap] Storage: You want lots of storage space and at a decent price if not for free. The more storage you have the better for your site, opt for ‘unlimited’ amount of storage if possible. If they do not offer free storage, then they may offer other things like free tech help or bandwidth.
[dropcap]5.[/dropcap] Back up: Find out from the web host what will happen if the server goes down. Some web hosts offer back up help and options, be sure you ask! If they do not offer back up help then find a way to provide it on your own.
[dropcap]6.[/dropcap] Domain name: It’s all in the name! Domain names with a web host are typically free, go with the best domain name for your site and remember to find one that your site visitors will remember and like!
[dropcap]7.[/dropcap] Cost: Depending on your budget and how you and the web host plan to set up the payments, consider paying upfront with a lump single payment. This tends to be the cheaper route as opposed to paying monthly.
When choosing a web host go with the web host that offers you the best deal for your budget and your site. Be sure that you are provided with protection and help if something were to happen with your site. Take your time to research and don’t be afraid to ask questions and haggle!
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