- Know your hosting needs.
- Investigate on host reliability and uptime guarantees.
- Study web host upgrading options.
- Check all hosting features (such as number of addon domains allowed) based on your needs.
- Check prices on both sign up and renewal.
- Check hosting control panel
Your budget plays a big role in deciding which web host to choose.
It’s pretty understandable to want to jump at the least expensive option we can find. However, purchasing a hosting plan has the same caveat as buying anything else: you get what you pay for.
Ideally, hosts with the best features do tend to be a little more expensive. Still, it may be your best bet especially if you’re looking to make money from your blog.
Hosts that offer very low startup rates typically cover fewer features within their packages. So much so that you need to pay extra for essentials like email accounts/mailboxes, email forwarding, additional pages, widgets, etc.
Best look carefully into what a host’s package actually contains first.
What mainly differentiates web hosts from each other? It’s the extra stuff they give you to sweeten the deal. What can you get from them that you won’t as easily get from others?
Do they give you free domain privacy, regular data backups, tools to help you organize your blog or any other perks? Finding an add-on offer that has value for you may be an indicator of a particular web host being a good fit for you.
3. Area of expertise
Same as having a good grasp of your budget for your website, knowing what kind of blog you want to make in the first place is equally as important.
This figures into finding a host that reflects your own goals for your blog.
For example, if your goal is to start a business blog, it would be best to pick a web host that has excellent business solutions. A host that supports and is compatible with online marketing tools will be a good pick.
Web host Specs
If you plan to earn money through blogging, you’d do well to stay as far away as you can from the pitfalls of both free and cheap hosting.
First of all, just as mentioned in The Inquirer, professional hosting has these advantages over a free one:
Search Engine Rankings
Bandwidth and storage, and;
Support and Assistance
Plus, both free and cheap hosting won’t work for you as they generally do not have the specs required to support your blog’s needs. They may not have the bandwidth or storage necessary to keep your blog running fast and smooth.
Look carefully into what features are included in the web host’s packages. Are there additional charges for extra domains, backups, support, etc.
Scout around reviews, forums and message boards. Call their customer support. Ask questions. Before deciding to purchase, make sure that the web host you choose takes your website goals as seriously as you do.
5. Technical Support
Regardless of whether you’re an expert or a beginner, technical support is one thing you should never disregard.
As with any other technology, various things can happen to your site. It could unexpectedly crash and go down for some unknown reason.
You’ll want a web host that has a support line with real people that you can talk to and ask for assistance on how to get your site back online.
Hosts differ in this area as well. Some put a premium on their technical support reputation and do well to live by it. Others have a so-so type of technical support. You’d do well to choose the first one instead of the latter.
As much as possible, aim for a web host that has 24/7 support and various ways to contact them.
6. Email Features
Blogging for business means you’ll want to have a unique, professional email account on your domain as well.
Fortunately, a lot of web hosts offer email accounts together with your package. Still, here are a few things you’ll want to make sure of as much as possible.
how many mailboxes can you set up
how will you receive your emails
does it include email tools like spam filters and auto-response features for when you’re unavailable?
One last thing that should figure heavily on your choice of a web host for your blog is the hosting provider’s capability of growing with you.
Do they offer various service tiers that you can upgrade to as your number of visitors grow? You’ll want to pick a web host that can scale up together with you as your site grows bigger.
One reason you want to avoid a host that does not offer adequate scalability is that as your blog audience gets bigger, your site’s performance will be adversely affected.
When that happens and your existing hosting provider cannot accommodate your site’s needs, you do have the option to switch providers. However, it would cost a lot of time, effort and money doing so. It’s a troublesome situation that can otherwise be avoided by choosing the right provider the first time.