Choosing the best web hosting provider is one of the main factors of starting a successful blog or website. There are free web hosting and paid hosting which may cost you up to 300$ per month.
But before buying a web host you will probably have hundreds of questions in your mind. In this post, we will discuss some of the common questions and their solutions.
Age of the Web Hosting Provider?
This might be the first question in your mind and almost everyone will have this question. Because, most of the times it is obvious that the old hosting service provider will provide you better service. So, make sure that you choose the oldest web hosting provider.
Pre-Payment or Post-Payment?
Some famous web hosting providers like Digital Ocean bill their customers after usage of their hosting. So, this will be a better choice for you. Try to find one such web hosting provider.
Any Discounts for Pre-Payment?
So, if you are going to pay for usage of your hosting, then make sure that you get some discounts or any other offer to pay beforehand. Also try to buy a hosting plan with a discount coupon.
For example, if you are planning to buy a new hosting plan, then you can check for the upcoming Black Friday hosting deals to get the maximum discount. After paying and trying a new web hosting provider, if you have a 20% or more downtime, then it’s a complete loss for you.
Extra Setup Fee or Bandwidth Charges?
Some web hosting companies may impose extra charges for bandwidth usage or setup fee for setting up your account, mapping your domain, uploading your website etc. They usually charge for them apart from the original charges.
Do they provide Website/ Server Security?
After buying your hosting and setting up everything, your hosted site may be attacked from thousands of ways like DDoS attacks, FTP or MySQL account hacks, etc. Ask your web hosting provider whether they have firewalls for such things.
Customer per Server?
It may be a silly question, but it’s very important for your site’s health. If there are about 20-30 users per server then the server may get overloaded and it will go down often.
Auto Script Installers?
This will be a bonus feature for newbies, because uploading a blogging platform or a content management system to a server is a bit difficult process. However, your job gets easier with the one script installation process.
Whether they have auto backups of your database?
It’s an important feature to be ensured, because your blogs may be attacked in many different ways. So having a regular backup of your database will help you to get back access to your recent copy of database easily.
It’s not an important thing to ensure, but usually, all trusted and old web hosting provider will ultimately have a referral program. It’s a bonus for you to save some money while hosting your site with them.
Money Back Guarantee?
Many hosting companies provide 30 – 60 days (some even give 90 days!) money back guarantee. Make sure that your money will be refunded if the runtime of the server or the bandwidth use of the server is not at par with your need.
So you are ready to buy the best hosting plan, if you are aware about these 10 questions about your hosting provider. Please feel free to share this article with your friends who might be thinking to start a blog soon!
Author Bio: Manidipa Bhaumik is an avid blogger who writes about Blogging Tips & Passive Income Ways at her blog WPBlogging360.com. Along with her online engagements, books & road trips are her other fascinations. You can follow Manidipa @wpblogging360