How do you choose a web host?
There are hundreds (thousands?) out there. But the choosing isn’t really that hard. There are very few highly reviewed hosts.
First – What NOT to do:
- Do not get hosting from a small local provider (especially not a friend or relative). Trust me, I could tell you horror stories (and will of you ask me!)
- If your web designer/developer sells or resells hosting, do not let them make using their hosting a requirement of using/owning your site. Your site should belong to YOU when it is launched and you should be free to move your site to any host you want at any time.
What TO do.
- Make sure your domain name registration and hosting account are in your name.
- Make sure your hosting company has 24/7, well reviewed tech support, daily backups, and a secure facility.
- Make sure everything they offer is included in the cost, no extra charges for extra services.
- If your web designer prefers a certain company, it means she knows that she can use them without running into snags and difficulties. DO take her recommendation if she gives you one.
Most hosts charge between $2 and $10 a month. Any more than that, and you are paying too much. You may get your domain name registration (which are separate, and can actually be done from another company if you choose) free with hosting, or not. Domain name registrations should cost no more than $12 a year.
I recommend Blue Host, especially if you need unlimited space or bandwidth, or prefer tech support by phone.
I also like ICD Soft – they have great email tech support – the best in the business by all acoounts.