A web hosting provider is chosen based on technology, prices at which they offer services or through a recommendation of an agency or person. But, there are more aspects that need to be covered while choosing an appropriate web hosting service provider.
First of all, it is very important to educate yourself about certain basics of web hosting. Please refer the following link to understand them : Basics of Web Hosting
When choosing a web host, it is important to understand the tools and services that the web hosting provider offer. Further it is necessary for you to check if they offer support for those tools. Whether they offer website statistic tools alongwith the web hosting packages. If they do, understand how reliable is it.
Choosing a web hosting provider that offers a website building tool can prove to be advantageous. You can develop the website on your own by using such tools in a search engine friendly manner. Building a website with such tools from an Search Engines point of view can be easily achieved by this.
It is equally important to check if the web hosting service provider offers eCommerce hosting solutions as well. If your website involves sales and purchase eCommerce support tools are necessary. Online transactions is common in an eCommerce website, so it is necessary for you to check if your web hosting service provider offers SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate as well. You must check for the packages that support eCommerce websites, due to lack of customer knowledge, many hosting providers pitch in hard for you to purchase a dedicated server, which is many a times not required, but inorder to meet their sales targets they are bound to do so.
You must also check if the web hosting provider offers flexibility in the web hosting plans. By this I mean, you should have the flexibility to upgrade or downgrade the web hosting plans at any point of time.
A web hosting provider should have effective firewall protection for the servers. They should also be in a position to offer dedicated firewalls to the clients if demanded. This is important due to the ever increasing numbers of hackers, attackers and spammers. They should also offer reliable E-mail delivery tools. There are chances that the IP of the server gets blacklisted due to spammers carrying out unhealthy practices from search engines point of view. Therefore, it is necessary to have effective server monitoring tools to avoid such situations.
The most crucial of all is the server uptime offered by the web hosting provider. It is very important that the web host offers maximum uptime of their servers. They should respect the fact that every minute is crucial for your business. An uptime of 99.95% can be considered to be satisfactory. After the uptime is confirmed, the server performance should be taken into consideration. It is necessary that the web hosting provider use Branded hardware to host your website.
I do not say that you should neglect the basic traditional criteria’s such as bandwidth, diskspace and the cost, but the above mentioned criteria’s are equally important.
Lastly it is necessary to know the quality of post sales support offered by web hosting provider.
It is recommended that before you choose a web hosting provider, you contant them via Live Chat, Phone or E-mail, get all these aspects cleared and only then sign-up for a package with them.