How to pick web hosting

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When you are looking for a company to host your websites (databases, emails, WordPress, etc), what do you look for?
How do you choose?
What things do you base your decision on?

Thanks!
 
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Hugo E.

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When you are looking for a company to host your websites (databases, emails, WordPress, etc), what do you look for?
How do you choose?
What things do you base your decision on?

Thanks!
I prefer web hosting providers with quick support, fast host and cPanel is a must.
It can be strange to you because I don't believe in reviews, I want to test web hostings myself hence I used to spend $5 to $15 and try to upload my real website to webhosting to see what I am getting
 

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It's been some time since I browsed for web hosting - but from the other perspective, I can say what customers generally look for, based on my experience.

First of all, most customers don't really have a clue about what they actually need. They wish to build a website, and have a grand idea - but we're the experts in web hosting, not them (with exceptions, of course). Service is therefore a huge quality that most put great value in.
When I say service, I don't mean support alone - I mean actual service, which covers both the support, and ensuring they have the right products. This is not to be confused with upselling - I've found many times that customers might not be remotely close to using the service they pay for, in which case I recommend them to downgrade their package to one that is more suited. Whilst that's losing us money - it's creating longevity in our client base.

Stability and performance are both expected from any client. Whilst some hosts may focus more on performance, it's always expected to be good.
As for actual tools, cPanel is the only thing I can think of that clients actively demand. Services such as Softaculous and so on are simply value-add, to help customers get set up more easily. Things such as e-mail accounts are also expected - and the amount does not neccessarily need to be "unlimited".

Apart from the above, it's all about keeping it simple and concise, and presenting the product in a good way that's easily for clients to digest and understand. Often I see companies talking a whole lot about their product on the website, but not about the purpose of said product.
 

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I choose the web hosting package mainly based on its performance, customer service, features and price. I am running several sites with different topics, including 1 in Chinese and 3 in English. The one in Chinese is hosted with zhuji91.com.hk and the other 3 are hosted with bluehost. I chose these 2 web hosts because of their high performance, responsive customer service and rich features. At first, all of my site were hosted with BH, but I found the Chinese one was very slow. So, i searched a lot on the web and found zhuji91. After moved to the new web host, this site runs much faster than before. Remember to choose a web host whose data center and servers are close to your target visitors. :vteen::vteen:
 

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Location of your hosting provider can make a difference depending upon the lag time. You should at least be hosting with a company in the same country.
 

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Couple of items I used to look for and now pass on to potential clients.

  • How long have they been in business
  • Do the features offered meet my requirements
  • Positive reviews (if any)
  • Realistic pricing (remember - you get what you pay for)
  • Location
  • Research their interactions online with other customers
  • Customer Service
 

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When I look for web hosting, I look for support mainly. I always go with the same people now because they have live chat support that you cna escalate to a supervisor by clicking a button :p Its uptime seems good and they do thibgs for you if you are ever confused. I would also look at reviews though, look up negative points about them and see if you can find any.

Another part is the price of course. Mine doesnt cost too much but when you get more people coming to your forums, you are gonna need to upgrade... :/
 

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There are 5 things that you must consider before you choose the best web hosting company:
1. Price
2. Server uptime, speed and reliability
3. Good costumer support
4. Support the latest technology (compatible with many apllication)
5. Read a review about one shared hosting provider.
 

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Rather then repeating all of the things mentioned so far, I'll add reading the terms of service. Mainly looking for things like: restrictions, resource usage language, cancellation/refund policies, etc... It's a good idea to read through the TOS. At least do control F (find) for terms that you want to be sure of.
 

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Price doesn't matter so much for me. I dont mind paying for good hosting and good support. I've always had better much with smaller hosts rather then the big brands.
 

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It is necessary to ensure that you get the right hosting provider that caters to the requirements of your business, so that your website can gain more visitors and hence more business.It is important that you avail services that includes active technical assistance so that your business doesnt suffer any loss due to website malfunctioning. Experts must be available to resolve all technical issues so that your website is up and running at all times.
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