How to Find the Best Webhosting Deal

Since there are so many different web hosting companies that are currently in business, it can be dizzying to sort through all of them to find the one company that is right for you. We’ll provide a checklist that you can use while you are selecting your company to ensure that you’ll find the best hosting package and hopefully, the best deal.

1.Getting the Right Amount of Disk Space ’ If you need a large amount of disk space, you are definitely in luck. Many companies are offering hosting packages that include 2000 megs of disk space or more per month for a very low price. If you only need a small amount of disk space, try searching through budget companies that offer a smaller price tag for a little bit less space.

2.Data Transfer Limits ’ This is also referred to as bandwidth and can be very costly. You’ll need to make sure you find a host that offers enough data transfer for your site to make sure you won’t have to pay extra at the end of the month. Unlimited rarely means unlimited in the web hosting world. Make sure that you read the fine print before thinking you can serve audio and video files on a budget hosting account since they said they offered unlimited data transfer. Most hosts are betting on the majority of their clients using less than 100 megs of transfer every month, and they will crack down on the accounts that go over their set limits.

3.Technical Support ’ This is an area that cannot be overlooked. Try to find a host that offers the best support options, and if possible, a host that offers 24/7 support. You’ll be thankful you did if disaster strikes in the middle of the night and you need help with your site right away.

4.More Features ’ Less Money. Since web hosting is so competitive, you should be able to find a wide variety of features included in a basic monthly fee for your site. These features typically include add-ons, PHP and CGI abilities and built-in scripts for your site. If you are having trouble narrowing down your list, try finding the features that mean the most to you, and then see which companies offer all of these features. Once you have that, you can make your decision based on price or the perfect fit.

5.Reliability. This cannot be overlooked in your decision. While many companies boast of a 99.9% uptime guarantee, this is almost impossible to prove and to enforce. Try to find a company that backs this promise with a money back guarantee to ensure that you will be compensated for any downtime that does occur.

These are just some of the most common points that you can use to compare different hosting companies. Your site may need other features, so take a moment to sit and decide what you need for your site and then you’ll be ready to begin your hunt for the best possible hosting company for your site.

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Posted on 12/14/05 10:02 PM

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