5 Things to Look For When Choosing the Best Web Hosting Package

Before you create your own website, the most important decision is to use a reliable web hosting service provider because they can make or break your online business. The aim of a web hosting service is to provide a physical space to store your website and support the functionalities such as email accounts, software and ensure that the server is up and running always.

Since there are thousands of web hosting companies to choose from, asking the right questions will help you select the most suitable ones for your needs. Here are 5 questions to ask:

Question 1:  Does it come with free domain registration?

Most web hosting companies provide free available URL name. If you are on a shoestring budget, it saves you about US$12 a year. If you are technically challenged, it saves you the hassle of registring a domain name from another vendor and having to manually configure the nameserver. But if you are technically savy, it is better to have your domain registered in another company. The reason is simple. If you don’t like the web hosting, you can switch to another company without losing your domain name.

Question 2:  How many websites can I host with this hosting package?

Web hosting companies provide a variety of packages with different price plans and features. If you intend to build more than one website, it is cheaper to get a hosting package that allows you to host more than one website on your account.

Question 3:  What is the percentage of guaranteed uptime?
When the server is down, your readers will not be able to access your website. So it is very important to have a guaranteed uptime of more than 99.8%.

Question 4:  What  is the level of service support?

Some budget web hosting services do not provide technical support after office hours. The better ones provide 24 hours support and through multiple channels such as email, phone, a knowledge base and a forum.

Question 5:  Is there a money-back guarantee?

It is an industry standard for a web hosting company to provide a 30-day money back guarantee. This is important as you do not want to find yourself locked into a one year contract if you find that their technical support is poor or their server is always down.

Before you sign up for aweb hosting package, go through the 5 questions and it will save you a lot of unnecessary headaches.

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