Web hosting can be a tedious job especially if you are doing it for the first time and do not know what to look for. Domain name registration can be another headache for you.
To assist you to get started, here are a few things to look into when you are considering a web hosting.
You can never get the right web host without knowing what you need.
What kind of website are you building? Do you need Windows application? Do you need an older (or newer) PHP version? Is RubyOnRails a must for your web apps? Do you need multiple databases for your website? Do you need cart software for your website? Are you planning to start a WordPress blog with your web host? How big (or small) can the web traffic volume go?
These are some of the basic questions to be answered. Have a plan with your website and try figure out what will happens next for the next 12 months.
Do yourself a favour - forget about top 10 hosting list and all the best hosting awards in this early stage. You need a web hosting that is best for you;. What’s right for others might not be the best for you. You do not want to go with the best Linux hosting in the world when all you need is a Windows hosting that support ASP application.
The importance of the technical support department is often over-valued. However to be safe, it is always recommended to stick with hosting providers that provide excellent technical support.
One good way to test the support is by asking technical; (but not presale) questions to test if the support staff is knowledgeable.
Price is always an issue. Some want it cheap, some want it reasonable, and some do not mind paying extra. The best thing to do is always go with a hosting provider that is suitable for you and at the same time, affordable. Do not go with cheap hosting just because it is cheap. Sometimes cheap do not deliver the best (and good things do not come cheap that often).
Hosting providers charging more than others are sometimes doing it for a good reason - maybe it is about their no-overselling policy, or higher server specifications or better customer service.