How to find the perfect web host

Hi all!! Midweek...everybody's hanging good?? I sure hope so!
I received a lot of email requests about how to decide over a web host provider and what should one look before taking the plunge to ".com" domains. Well I thought that maybe sharing a list of things that need to be considered before signing with a web host provider would be the right way to go.
So naturally the topic for today is: how to find the perfect web host

First off let me start by telling you that this is my personal opinion coming from my own experiences and it's in no way the ultimate solution to everything. I am not almighty knowing so take this post as only my personal opinion stated:) Also, i look at this from the point of view of a bloger/small company business owner, running their own personal blog or their small e-commerce business, etc.


1. Bandwidth

The bandwidth is the amount of data that your website can pass to customers over a period of time. Why the bigger the bandwidth the better? Because you need to consider that videos and graphics or e-commerce scripts, take more bandwidth than plain HTML, so for that reason you need to have a proportional balance between bandwidth and price. Some hosting providers offer unlimited bandwidth to their customers while others give a limited one. Having unlimited bandwidth doesn't necessarily mean you've found the "goldfish" if the hosting provider is not reliable. But if you do want unlimited bandwidth ask the provider why is it unlimited and what does that exactly imply or if you go with a limited one ask what happens to your site if you go over your allocated bandwidth and what is the cost for the extra bandwidth if that is permitted.

2. Disk Space

The disk space is the amount of space that you are allocated for your website. Again, in this case there's the same situation when some hosting providers offer unlimited space to their customers, while others allocate space at a cost. And again don't go with the assumption that unlimited is better, even tough in some cases it might be. It's important again to go over those two questions: what happens if exceed the space and how much will cost the extra space if that is permitted.


3. Website builders

Not everybody is an IT-geek, and while you can create web pages with just HTML, XHTML and CSS, most people that will use their site for personal journal-ing/recipes/family blog/etc. will eventually want some type of builder that can make life easier for them when they want to design their website skeleton, accessing their database, or archiving document. So if your host provider offers that, well that's a plus:)

4. Extra Services

Most of the well known hosting providers offer services beyond hosting, so whenever you consider one, look into their detail offer and see if it includes: domain names(kind of an important one if you want to get a .com domain:), content management, web analytic tools, support options like chat/email etc.


5. Prices

And last but not least, the price of the services should probably one of the most important parameter to choosing a web host in balances with what they offer. But if you do your searchings right, then you can find a provider with all of your requirements for a good price.

When you are a blog owner/small business owner, you don't actually need too much to just take the .com plunge, but doing some research definitely helps. Having .com domain will help you look more professionally and also will help with the SEO as long as your domain name is relevant for your niche. But that is another topic for another time:)
Now that's it for today! Hope it helped!! Check back to see what comes up next in Blogger tutorial section, SEO tips department or how we teach new HTML tricks and tips every day!


43 comments:

Diana Mieczan said...

That is so good...Thanks for the tips:)

Ps: I am hosting a sweet jewelry GIVEAWAY later on today :) Hope you will join in!!!

By Word of Mouth said...

Thanx for the info, its exactly what I am mulling over - how to build a website covering all our different 'things' I want to write about (homeschooling, adoption, transracial families ... the list goes on!)
Plus combine my kids blogs in there too, and if my husband ever writes another posting - that would be something :)
Have a great day!

Tanya said...

QUESTION...totally off topic but do you know how to resize people blog buttons so they are ALL the same size when you put them on display on your own blog.

Karen said...

Hi! Thanks for sharing the tips. I enjoyed reading your blog. Saw you on Welcome Wednesday. Have a great week. Stop by if you get the chance:
www.karismaheartsavannah.blogspot.com

Pam said...

Following you back from What U Love

Kelly Lund and Kids said...

Oh Joy!!! I am so glad you found me!! I am only a year old to blogging, (for keeping in touch with family) and a month or so old into blog hopping and photo sharing!! I love it!! I need all the tips I can get! Thank you thank you!! :) I am your newest follower (and blog student)

Thanks again!
Kelly from kellylundkids.blogspot.com

MKS said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower. I was already a follower of yours.

Carole Davids said...

Thanks for stopping by from the Wednesday Blog Hop!

Love your blog and am now following. Lots of good information!

Carole
http://frogbellysoup.blogspot.com/

Mommy Life With 5 said...

I'm so glad I stopped by, I'm your newest follower and can't wait to read more !!

Reagan said...

Thanks for following House of Collums! I'm your newest follower today!

Alison Marie said...

I am your newest follower from Welcome Wednesday!

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Zannid said...

Following from Welcome Wednesdays. If you wouldn't mind following me back I would really appreciate it.

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Dana @ The Coupon Challenge said...

Thanks for stopping by! Following you back

Lots of great tips, thanks!

brandon and jakell said...

Great info, thanks!

Following you back from
Smile A Day Giveaways!
www.smileadaygiveaways.blogspot.com
Thanks for the follow! Have a great day!

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

I found your blog from thirsty thursday, what a good idea for tips! New follower :)

Mommyhood Mayhem said...

New follower! Come check out our blog at www.mommyhoodmayhem.com

We're looking forward to learning more about you! :)

Karen said...

Stopping by to say HI on the Thursday hop, I am a new follower!

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Lindsayb-mo said...

I've given your blog an award. You can check out the details on my blog...
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Lindsay

mandi said...

Thanks for posting! I am a semi new blogger, and will be doing many giveaways for my jewelry boutique in the future, so this info is very helpful for me!

<3 M.
www.designsbymandiboutique.com

mandi said...

Thanks for posting! I am a semi new blogger, and will be doing many giveaways for my jewelry boutique in the future, so this info is very helpful for me!

<3 M.
www.designsbymandiboutique.com

Tammy said...

Great info! Do you have any specific companies I should look into? I know you probably didn't want to list a bunch due to liability etc. but would love to have you email me some to consider.

Shelley said...

I just love your blog. I am giving you an award for being such an awesome blogger. YOu can pick it up at http://mylifeadventurebyme.blogspot.com/2010/09/award.html.
Thanks
Shelley

Glen said...

good advice - noted

Cara said...

Great advice! Found you via Fri Follow. Have a good weekend!

ace and friends co. said...

your newest follower from S&TM Social Parade.

great blog. would *love* a follow back.

http://aceandfriendsco.blogspot.com/

Life with the Lebedas said...

stopping by from Social Parade! I'm following you and can't wait to check out more of your blog!

Jennifer @ Life with the Lebedas
www.lebedafamily.blogspot.com

One Crafty Chick's Creations said...

Popping from Boost my Blog Friday! Can't wait to read some of your stuff! Come visit me anytime over at: http://onecraftychickscreations.blogspot.com/

Pam Ponder said...

great tips thansk I am now following you from Friday follow over forty stop by sometime..

http://www.livelaughlovewiththeponderingprincess.com/2010/09/how-do-you-make-lemonade-out-of-these.html

DoanLegacy said...

Followed through Friday blog hop!

DoanLegacy said...

Followed through Friday blog hop!

Leslie said...

Hello there, i found your blog on the social parade. I'm your newest follower.

Sue said...

Great blog so glad I found you!! Thanks for having me!

Sue said...

Great blog so glad I found you!! Thanks for having me!

Vanessa said...

I'm a new follower from Friendly Wednesday. I'm a VERY new blogger and would love a follow back. :)

http://www.vanessasvalues.blogspot.com

jakell said...

You have been given a blog award :)

You can find it here:

http://smileadaygiveaways.blogspot.com/2010/09/blog-awards.html

Have a great day!

kkfoster35 said...

Hi! I am a new follower from Admirer Monday! You can find me at http://www.avonbykaren.blogspot.com

Thanks!
Karen

Riema's Journey said...

good tips-am your newest follower and would love a follow back.

Thanks

helloglamour21 said...

Hey! I'm new on the Blog Hop! Just wanted to let you know that I'm following you now! Check out mine?

www.helloglamour21.blogspot.com

Thanks!
XOXO -Kia

Brian and Kendra said...

Thanks for the handy info! :)

A Fit Fashionista said...

Great info for bloggers! Thanks! I am going to follow. Follow me too!

http://afitfashionista.blogspot.com/

xoxo

A Fit Fashionista!

Ashley said...

Hi there! I'm a new blog follower via Google Friend Connect. I love your blog! Hope you'll check out my blog and follow back! Have a fabulous day and blog on!
-Ashley
All that Glitters: Girly Fashion Trends
Twitter Page
Facebook Fan Page

Thirty-One Trendy Totes said...

I am a new follower! I found you over at Thirsty Thursday Blog Hop

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Kim Bee said...

This site is just amazing. So glad I found you. Out blog hopping, stopping by to say hello. Have a great weekend.Kim
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http://losingitlikealunatic.blogspot.com/