- Mar 26, 2015
There are so many hosting providers around the web, however, how do you choose one from all the crowd?
Well, let me tell you what to look for if you want to find a great hosting for your niche site.
What is it good for?
Every hosting provider is created for a reason, you need to find out what that reason was and determine if that hosting if the right fit for your website.
Some are created with WordPress in mind, others for any type of website. I recommend using WordPress specialized hosting (that's the one I use and it's great, but it depends on the company).
This is basically social proof and it's the most important one, after all, it's what current users are saying about the service.
However, it's really important to point out the fact that maybe some reviews could say that a company had problems delivering on what they promised. Noticed I said "had", that may not bet the current case! make sure to find up to date reviews that will help you make the best-informed decision.
Unlimited monthly data transfer
Whenever I find a hosting provider that promises unlimited monthly data transfer I simply don't believe it. The reason for that is the fact that no reputable hosting provider will give you that for about $5 USD/month...
What they usually do is not deliver when you grow enough and ask you to change hosting plans of ultimately hosting provider.
This has happened to me before and I've known of many cases where that has happened.
Is it shared hosting? (You might want to reconsider)
I'm not saying shared hosting is bad, however, if you are truly determined to make your site reputable, you'll need more power than the one shared hostings can provide you.
Here's how shared hosting providers work:
They have servers where they host many websites at a time and as one site grows, it will consume more bandwidth than usual, taking most of the bandwidth that is supposed to be for many, slowing them down.
What about VPS hosting?
A virtual private server (VPS) runs its own copy of an operating system, and customers have superuser-level access to that operating system instance, so they can install almost any software that runs on that OS.
I've never needed VPS so I don't know much about it, which is why I won't get into details. If you know more about when you should use them please let me know in the comments below
Dedicated hosting works by only storing one website on each server, giving it all its attention and resources. IMO, this is the best type of hosting, however, these tend to be expensive.
Managed Wordpress Hosting
Managed hosting is as the name implies, letting a company manage your website. Updates, backups, security, among other things.
If you ask me, this is great because it allows you to focus on what truly matters, which is focusing on your blog and making it grow.
There are many choices for you and it's very easy to get overwhelmed on the sea of hosting provider, but remember this:
You Get What You Pay For!
Cheap hosting providers will be just that, cheap. There is a saying that applies well in this situation.
You can get cheap and good but not reliable.
Cheap and reliable but not good.
Good and reliable but not cheap.
You see where I'm going with this?
Fortunately, there are some hosting providers that are good, reliable and cheap. But, they have limitations, of course, like the number of visits and bandwidth, however, these are the ones you want to find and utilize.
I hope this article helped you understand hosting providers a little bit better and that you are able to choose one in an educated manner.