If you are new to the Internet and thinking about purchasing a web hosting package for your online project – a business website or a blog or a news site – it can be difficult to know where to get started. This is because there are hundreds, if not thousands, of web hosting providers. However, just by avoiding these common web hosting mistakes, anyone, even the beginners, can increase their chances of finding the ‘right’ web hosting provider for their project.
Mistake #1: Choosing a Web Hosting Package with Poor Features
If this is your first time using your own web hosting, certainly you do not require all the web hosting features there is under the sun to get started. However, there are some essential features some web hosting companies do not offer in their starter packages: PHP, MySQL, Free Website Builder, CMS support, WebMail, cPanel, and a handful of email accounts.
Not only your web designer will love you for this, but it will also prevent you from changing web hosts later on unnecessarily down the road if you require these features for simple tasks such as storing users records in the database, creating dynamic pages, sending and receiving emails, and building professional sites at ease.
Mistake #2: Choosing a Web Hosting Package from a Domain Registrar
Do not purchase a web hosting package from a domain registrar as these companies have overpriced web hosting packages that do not come with the essential web hosting features for building a website. Many of these companies are simply preying upon uninformed clients who would ultimately end up paying for a web hosting package that actually does not fit their needs. Not all domain registrars do this, of course, but you have to keep your eyes open, at least.
Mistake #3: Choosing a Web Hosting Package at a Wrong Price
Many web hosting providers have different prices for their products, which can be quite confusing for the first timers. Others introduce their web hosting packages at a very low price but you have to at least pay for a year worth of hosting.
Mistakes #4: Choosing a Shared Web Hosting Package Over a Dedicated or VPS Hosting
There are three types of web hosting packages you can share: shared, dedicated, and VPS hosting. Shared web hosting is good for a site that is new and does not get more that 1000 visitors a day. Dedicated hosting is ideal for popular and well-established sites that get tons of traffic to their site – more than 50k per month – and requires high-security level. VPS hosting package, on the other hand, sits between the shared and the dedicated hosting package, where you get to use some dedicated resources while also sharing few resources with others.
If you don’t know which web hosting is best for your needs, you could easily purchase the wrong web hosting package, and that will cost you a lot of money down the line because most web hosting package comes with a yearly contract. You will have to wait for the contract to end before you could downgrade or cancel and sign up for a new web hosting package that suits your project.
Mistake #5: Choosing a Web Hosting Package That Offers No Refund Guarantee
And there are web hosting companies that do not offer a refund guarantee for their most basic packages. If you are just starting out and only require a simple web hosting package with all essential features, make sure that you do not end up purchasing a web hosting package that does not fulfill your project requirements with any refund option.
Mistake #6: Choosing a Web Hosting Package with No FREE Support
If you find the ‘right’ web hosting provider for your project, then it is highly likely that you won’t face many problems down the line. Along with all the basic features – unlimited domains, space, bandwidth, free website builder tool, CMS support, and email addresses – they will also provide 24/7 support through email, live chat, or phone whenever you encounter a problem or have a question.
Mistake #7: Choosing a Web Hosting Package with No Backup Solution
Many web hosts, we realize, do not offer a free backup solution. Well, it would be really difficult for these companies to back up your website every single time you update your websites. However, you could use a handy WordPress security plugin to make a backup copy of your files on your server to your hard disk space on your computer.
If you were just starting out to create a simple website, I hope these tips help you choose a right web hosting provider for your project and get maximum ROIs from your website. However, try not to get too overwhelmed with all these things to worry about – think creative and keep learning, educating, and having fun, because you will thank yourself for it later! Good luck!
I highly recommend that you register a web hosting account through a reliable web hosting provider such as HostGator, BlueHost, or 1and1.com. Also, ensure that you have access to “one-click app installer” to install popular CMS such as WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal.
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