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10 Things to Consider Before Selecting Your Web Host

You build a business.

It has a killer website.

But then you need to host that site.

How do you know you’re finding the right web host?

What’s the most important when you’re shopping for a host – Price? Location? Services?

All are important, but there are more things to consider when finding the perfect web host.

Ultimately the right web host is the one that checks the right boxes for you, your website and your company’s needs.

  • Optimization Features for Mobile
Mobile

Mobile

Mobile is absolutely essential for companies with an online presence, especially for those who are just building their websites. More than 1.2 billion consumers access websites through their mobile devices according to UK Web Hosting Reviews, which make mobile access a significant consideration for those looking for both website development and hosting.

As you consider a web hosting platform, be sure you understand what optimization features they include for mobile. Some hosts are including built-in features to make mobile optimization more effective than ever.

  • Media Support is Essential
Media

Media

Don’t shortchange your website when it comes to media. Effective websites utilize images, videos and gifs, and that media can be cumbersome. If you’re just including a few images, the barebones of hosting should be adequate for your purposes.

But if you’re considering a more serious media site with videos, images and reader uploads, your hosting must be scaled up to accept this level of access and demand. Not only do you want to be sure you have adequate bandwidth for your media, but don’t overlook the hosting company’s features that support media as well to be sure you’re covered in every area.

  • Reseller Hosting May Be Applicable

If you’re looking to save money on your webhosting, reseller hosting may be an option. You’ll want plenty of bandwidth for your own sites and their included media, but if you have a surplus, you may be able to sell it to a third party.

There are hosting sites that handle reseller hosting, and if you are able to sell your excess, you may be able to cover some, or even all, of your hosting costs each month. Just be sure that you’re within the contractual obligations of your hosting company before you consider reselling.

  • Ala Carte Pricing Can Save You Money
Save Money

Save Money

Many web hosting companies offer package deals to their customers. In many ways, these packages provide all of the services you need and then some. It’s the excess service that you’ll want to consider cutting. If you are only using 15 percent or even 50 percent of your package deal, why are you paying for everything else?

Granted if it’s included at no additional price, the additional features may be nice to have – just in case. But if you’re paying for a premium package and using an economy one, drop the excess and look at ala carte pricing options. This way you’ll be paying for what you use and nothing else.

  • Be Clear on What Services You Need, and What You Don’t

Some web hosting companies offer ala carte items and others don’t appear to sell anything but packages. Until you push them on it, that is. There are many web hosting companies available, and you’re under no obligation to go with one who doesn’t provide what you need or want.

Be clear upfront about what you need from your web hosting company and if they won’t provide what you need at a reasonable price, don’t be afraid to look elsewhere. Don’t pay for things you don’t need and don’t let yourself be steered or even bullied into thinking you need something you don’t. Before you even pick up the phone or pull up a hosting website, organize your thoughts on what you are actually, specifically shopping for.

  • Assume You’ll Need Support and Check What You’ll Pay for It
Support

Support

Even the best hosting company experiences a bit of trouble occasionally. Hopefully the trouble is very occasional indeed, but there is an expectation that it will occur and you should be ready for it. You will need customer support at some point in your hosting journey and you want to be sure that the company you have selected to work with is prepared to offer you the support you need.

Check to see how the technical support is included in your hosting plan. Is it an included cost or are there additional costs required to actually speak with a person and get help when the need arises? How often is that technical service team available? If you can’t get help when you need it the most, you’re with the wrong company.

  • Check the Technical Support Reputation

If you’re new at the website game, you don’t need to blaze a new trail, necessarily. Hosting companies have reputations, and if you do enough digging you can find those reputations quickly enough. Hang out where other webmasters do, forums, LinkedIn Groups or the like and just read. Search the old threads and topics to see what information you can gather.

Alternatively you can also just ask those experienced webmasters what they know about particular companies and see what you turn up. If you don’t feel like you have the time to immerse yourself in an online community, you may still be able to learn about some big names in the business with a clever Google search.

  • Read Any Available Reviews
Temok Review

Temok Review

Companies that have been around for a bit will have plenty of reviews online. While every review is important in terms of selecting a web hosting company, the most important reviews are the technical support ones.

If a customer is going to become frustrated with a tech company, it’s almost always because of a technical support issue. You will often find more negative reviews than great ones, but look for both. A company that inspires online praise (on a neutral website, not the company’s) is impressive in its own right.

  • Look Realistically at Additional Services You May Need Down the Road

While you certainly don’t want to pay for any services you don’t need, you should also keep an open mind about what sort of services you’ll need down the road. You may have no idea what you’ll need if you’re new to website development and hosting, or you may have a pretty good idea of your future plans and the services those will require.

As you consider web hosts, keep in mind those future plans, both known and unknown, so that you can position yourself strategically. Set yourself up with a company now that includes features you’ll possibly or definitely need in the future. Just don’t pay for them until you actually need them!

  • Let the Companies Sell Themselves to You

Finally, you should be doing a fair amount of reading and reviewing what web hosting companies offer, but they should be doing the majority of the work selling themselves to you. If you can’t seem to get enough information about a company to feel satisfied, scratch them from the list.

Companies that are seeking customers understand that those customers have questions and need answers and specifics. If you can’t get the information you need from a website or company representative, consider the experience a preview of what is to come and run away as quickly as you can.

While at the most technical level, web hosting is the same across the board, companies strive to differentiate themselves. Special pricing, features, customer service and their reputation for success are all considerations as you commit to a web hosting company. But most importantly, remember that you’re not marrying the company. If you have a concern down the road, simply switch to a different company that is a better fit for you and yours.

Oleg

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32 Comments on “10 Things to Consider Before Selecting Your Web Host”

  1. […] you should ensure you chose a host which is scalable and will not make things difficult for […]

  2. Hi Oleg,

    Wise advice! One must think of these things before selecting a web host. I started out with a shared hosting company, but then grew to a managed host one.

    I would say the best thing I look for is customer service. If something goes wrong, I want help 24/7.

    -Donna

    • Oleg says:

      Hi Donna,

      thank you for the comment,

      Yeah, support is the main thing – if the site is down for any reason and the support takes too long to respond, that is where it hurts the most,

      Thanks,
      – Oleg

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  4. Usman Nasir says:

    Hi Oleg !

    First of all I must say choosing a web hosting is really important for online presence, but now a days people don’t understand that they need to spend fair amount to get a good host.

    A host is as good as its support, because the only thing matters the most is support that they provide, because there are a lot of issues that can come up.

    Secondly, another important thing is backups, because things happen and you must be prepared.

    Regards

    • Oleg says:

      Hi Usman,

      Welcome to Temok and thank you for the comment,

      Yeah, the single hosting plans are just the starters, one does need to move on to VPS or to a dedicated server if the requirements demands so.

      Support is the main thing, one just can’t wait when the site needs quick support – every minute that it stays down, hurts the business further.

      thanks,
      – Oleg

  5. Atish Ranjan says:

    Hello Oleg,

    Good list of things to consider before selecting the web host. Apart from all, I always look for better technical support team because it is important. It saves us at times.

    Thanks for such nice post. I have used Temok hosting and its great. I have a review published on my blog too. 🙂

    Have a nice day.

    • Oleg says:

      Hey Atish,

      Welcome to Temok and thank you for your comment,

      Glad to know that you liked the checklist. Yes, support is always the primary requirement and a quick and efficient support system keeps a web host far ahead of its competition.

      Thank you for testing out Temok and good to know that you liked it. We love your review and support.

      thanks,
      – Oleg,

  6. Santanu says:

    Awesome guide and I think one need to read this and understanding what are the factors to decide the best web hosting provider.

    • Oleg says:

      Hey Santanu,

      welcome to Temok and thank you for your comment,

      Glad to know that you liked the Guide, hope it helps everyone for determining which web host to go for,

      thanks,
      – Oleg

  7. Joy Healey says:

    Hi Oleg,

    When I first started a blog I didn’t know enough to make a wise decision on this and going for “cheap” caused me a huge amount of stress and ultimately wasted me more money than I saved.

    I started with shared hosting and – despite installing many security plugins – I managed to get so badly hacked on it that I never recovered until I went to managed wordpress hosting and they did a thorough clean out of my site.

    So my tips are support and security.

    The other thing is, check that backups are being made – and how easily you can recover from them if necessary. I learned to my cost that recovering WP from a backup isn’t always the one click option I innocently imagined!

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

    • Oleg says:

      Hey Joy,

      thank you for the comment,

      Yes, that is so true. Creating backup is far easier than restoring it. I usually create frequent backups and keep them off line – so that when you need them, you can easily reach them. At times an exported backup can go corrupt and become unusable – which is something you will only figure out at the time of restoring it when you desperately need it. This is one of those reasons why you should create frequent backups.

      Some web hosts are targeted a lot by the hackers which makes our sites vulnerable to attacks. Our own security plugins will mean much less if the server is compromised. This is where the security at the web host’s end become even more important. We have covered that in a previous article on how we protect our hosting clients.

      thanks,
      – Oleg

  8. Nice article and I think one need to read this and understanding what are the factors to decide the best web hosting provider.

  9. Hi Oleg,

    This is indeed a good advice for people who are planning to host their websites/blogs. I realized now, after reading this that I have not considered many of the factors you have suggested. Nevertheless, I will keep those and consider in future when I host new blogs or also can tell my friends.

    Thanks

    • Oleg says:

      Hi Sherab,

      welcome to Temok and thank you for the comment,

      Yeah, it is always good to consider all the factors, especially those that matters most for our own needs,
      thank you for sharing it with your friends,

      thanks,
      – Oleg

  10. KarthikLinga says:

    Hello Oleg,

    Good Advice on choosing the best web host to launching the website in online. Yes really it’s a good thought, choosing the best web hosting is an important basic factor to create a website. As per my experience, i could move with 100% up time & 24/7 well support hosting provider. So it will be a good resource for our website to stand alone in online forever.

    Thanks for sharing ! Keep Sharing !!
    `Karthik Linga

    • Oleg says:

      Hey Karthik,

      welcome to Temok and thank you for the comment,

      Yeah, uptime and round the clock support are always the top priority, however plenty of hosts claim these features but in reality their support takes ages to respond and the sites keep going down every now and then.

      thanks,
      – Oleg

  11. Mark says:

    Thank you for sharing your team excellent tips Oleg!

    Often times, online marketers, especially newbie marketers, based practically
    every business decision, based on solely on the initial monetary price.

    Your excellent post, advises us to see beyond the obvious, and look for
    some real,long term compatibility!Thanks for helping to open our eyes, to
    all of our potential options & considerations!

    Both now and in the not so distant future!

    • Oleg says:

      Hey Mark,

      welcome to Temok and thank you for the comment,
      Glad you liked the tips,

      Yeah, every requirement is unique and personal, and money surely shouldn’t be the only reason for taking a business decision so important that it affects our entire online business,

      thanks,
      – Oleg

  12. Sanjeet Veen says:

    yes Your correct , recently i taken hosting from third party thery are not giving proper costumer support. Thank you very much for this amazing blog with nice ideas.

    • Oleg says:

      Hi Sanjeet,

      welcomme to Temok and thank you for the comment,

      If you aren’t happy with your current WebHost, feel free to change it. Moving a site from one host to another isn’t really that difficult.

      thanks,
      – Oleg

  13. Vijay Kumar says:

    Hi Mark,
    Great article, a few days ago I purchase a hosting service without any consideration. After reading this article I feel my mistakes now. thanks for this great article.

    • Oleg says:

      Hi Vijay,

      welcome to Temok and thank you for the comment,

      Yeah, one needs to really do a proper research before selecting a WebHost, there’s so many out there and many aren’t really good enough. Feel free to change your host, getting sites migrated from one host to another isn’t really that difficult.

      thanks,
      – Oleg

  14. Hi Oleg,

    Solid advice here. Pay to play. My #1 tip is pay premium to buy dependable hosting. I paid like a few bucks monthly for bad hosting. Made sense. Big company offered dirt cheap rates by overloading the servers. So my site went down a ghastly 60% of the time some days and was slow as a snail. I left that company, went with a new one, paid more for hosting, and now my site is up virtually always, and it’s quick at that. Good point on added features too. Bought a CDN 2 weeks ago to speed things up.

    Ryan

    • Oleg says:

      Hi Ryan,

      thank you for the comment,
      Yeah, buying premium is always better – the cheap shared hosting from most web hosts can’t handle the traffic load.

      I love traffic, especially when it is huge – say hitting pretty good at Reddit and getting an amazing lot of traffic at a very short time. Temok does handle such traffic with ease where most other web host struggle pretty badly.

      thanks,
      – Oleg

  15. srikanth says:

    I am new to blogging and thx for this post and Loved the post and I have been working more hosting which could more cheap and best in hosting

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  17. Ali Khan says:

    Web hosting is the heart of a blog or an online business. And I think it is really tough to select a good hosting. Almost all the hosting companies boast of cent percent uptime but do they really provide?

    Thanks for sharing the awsome tips. 🙂

    • Oleg says:

      Hey Ali,

      Welcome to Temok and thank you for the comment,

      Yes, totally agree with you that the web-hosting is the heart of any online business, and thus we need a truly honest and reliable web host.

      Do give Temok a try and let us know if you are satisfied with our uptime,

      thanks,
      – Oleg

  18. Tauseef Alam says:

    Hi Oleg,

    I don’t think many people would be checking these things before buying a web hosting plan. I personally this is a must read article for everyone going to buy a web hosting plan. People usually feel get cheated after buying a web hosting plan because they don’t do a proper research while picking a web host.

    – Tauseef

    • Oleg says:

      Hey Tauseef,

      Welcome to Temok and thank you for the comment,
      Yeah, most people buy their webhost in a hurry and when their selected host does not meets their requirements, they feel cheated.

      It is always better to do a proper research before buying a webhost,

      thanks,
      – Oleg

  19. Simon James says:

    hey man – this is a really handy blog that you have here, you go into details about practical items like hosting that i haven’t seen covered very often online, nice work

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