Are you looking for web hosting? do you know what to look out for choosing a web host? with so many companies out there it can be hard to choose which one is best.
The first thing people look for when choosing a web host is the price, the problem is that price isn't always an indicator of how good a company is, in fact, a lot of the time it can be the opposite Many people choose cheap hosting without realising that millions of others have too, resulting in over crammed servers and slow web page loading with can affect your website search ranking and cause a whole host of other problems.
Do you know what country your site is hosted in? if you have a website that caters to a specific country it might be better choosing a server based in the country you are targeting or at the very least close to the country.
Do you have a domain name or are you going to choose one soon? its usually less hassle to register your domain name with your web host, always try and make your domain name easy to remember, long complicated wording or using numbers and hyphens can make an address easy to forget when typing it out.
Get an SSL certificate, even one of the cheaper single domain ones, search engines now take into account how secure your website is, so if you care about your ranking a secure website is a must, a site with a valid SSL certificate also looks great to customers and gives your site a more professional feel.
Look for hosts that offer the basic needs, most people when they start out will use Cpanel which most hosting companies will offer, think about how you are going to create your website, is it going to be HTML or are you going to use one the more popular CMS (content management solution) systems such as Joomla! or Wordpress, have a look at what's on offer and never just click on something because its the cheapest, moving your site for some can be a royal pain and is usually something most people want to avoid, when you choose a host try and think "I may be with this host for a long time does it have everything I need?" before you order.
Another thing that a lot of newcomers don't think about is support, does your host offer a quick turn around for support tickets, does it have a phone number, is there an online chat system, think about what's important to you before you start.
Take a bit of time when choosing a host and don't get too stressed with the amount of information out there, the most important thing is to relax and have fun while creating your site or business and choosing the correct host can help along with this process.
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