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If you are planning to make a business website, then there are so many factors to consider. The design, bandwidth, space, and reliability are some important considerations for a website. So is choosing the best web host for your site.

Self-hosted sites are good to provide basic information to readers of the site. But, a professionally hosted business website helps to increase brand visibility and credibility. Web hosting companies offer different packages according to your budget and requirement. You need to research well before choosing the most suitable web host.

The kind of website you need to create is a major factor in deciding the web host. A professional business website should have many resources and added space for the scope of expansion. A blogging site should have interactive features with a great design. A creative website should have different page elements.

Once you decide on the type, it'll become easier to choose a suitable web host. You can start with a basic web hosting plan, as there is always scope to move to a higher hosting plan if need be. Your primary focus should be on building a website that caters to your niche market. Content can be added later according to the interest of your readers.

Few Factors To Consider When Choosing a Suitable Web Host

  • Look For Essential Features

Before you opt for a hosting package, keep in mind some essential features. Choose one-click installer for your website, it'll save a lot of time. Choose a web host that gives you FTP access so that you can manage the files according to space.

Look out for .htaccess file access as that'll help you make on-site administrative changes. The access controls password authentication and redirects on the page. If you face an issue with accessing your site, you can control the page with the help of .htaccess file access.

Data transfer capacity and disk space are two factors that can't be ignored. For an eCommerce site, it's important to have scope for expansion.

  • Check For Sign-up and Renewal Price

There is a difference in the sign-up and renewal price offered by the web host. When you sign-up for Shared hosting, the prices are cheaper, but the renewal prices are high. Before you purchase a hosting plan, you need to compare the prices according to your budget.

Some offer an initial sign-up discount. You can avail such offer if you are creating a new website. Some web host companies also provide a discount on renewal plan depending on the renewal period. So, do check for prices before you sign-up.

  • Speed of the Website

A user expects the site to load in two seconds. If it does not, it’s a turn-off. Slow website speed and load time, is also one of the SEO mistakes. So, it's a must to have good speed and reliability for your site. Choose a web hosting company that offers you an uptime of more than 99%. No company would offer you 100% of server time. But, 99% is good enough for increased uptime.

A host with fast servers is an added advantage. If your web host offers you good speed, then it'll not only increase the user engagement but it'll also provide good exposure to your website. Thus, it's important to select a package that offers you a good server speed.

  • Security Features

The security feature is important for any new website. Look out for features such as malware scanning and firewall integration in your website while choosing your host. If you have a finance related website, then added security is required, as the site will store sensitive customer data. A web host that offers you SSL certificate security will benefit your site and provide encryption.

Some web hosting companies also offer IP block feature. This feature is beneficial if there is a malicious attack on your website. Look for site backup feature too as that is also an essential part of security.

  • Customer Support

A web hosting company should offer a good customer support function. Phone support and email support is common. But, most hosting companies also offer a live chat function. Through live chat, you can get support 24/7. Live chat support saves a lot of time and you can get a quick fix in minutes.

When you opt for a suitable plan for a web host, pay special attention to support feature of the website. Also, look for reviews and feedback while selecting a plan. A review can help you decide which hosting plan will work for you.

  • Easy-to-use Control Panel

The control panel of the site should be user-friendly and should have full functionality. Some control panels feature functions that you can alter. You don't need administrative support to use these functions. If there is any problem with your website, then you can change the functions with some help.

Web hosting services provide hosting plans that include a custom control panel. It's a good option if you don't have a sound technical knowledge about the functioning of the site. A custom control panel also lets you manage two websites at a time.

  • Proper Research is a Must

Before you select a web host company, you need to do enough research. The type of website you need for your business. The elements of the website, the renewal time of your plan and the pricing policy. Pay special attention to pricing while you research for hosting plans.

Some host companies offer good discounts if you opt for a plan for two websites. Also, compare the hosting plans based on the static and PHP type of site. You can choose from basic hosting plans that include all the features. Premium hosting plans are good when host companies include added features.

To sum up,

Choose the best web host that provides you added benefits for your site. A professional looking site will benefit you in the long run. A website offers brand visibility so you need to select the right hosting plans and features.

Sudhir Bhushan is a Tech & Social enthusiast. He is also a Web Entrepreneur by Profession and loves to write about latest trends on Social Media & SEO. You may also follow him on Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest 

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