Choosing a hosting company to set up your new blog can be a mining field. There are many choices of vendors available and everything may seem a bit confusing when you first start looking. In this article, I will strive to highlight the most important things to consider when looking for a suitable web host. This article is relevant to most of the regular blog platforms like WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. Other platforms will have specific requirements and I recommend that you check with the software provider first before connecting with any particular hosting company.
The first thing that will hit you when looking for a host is the varying degrees of cost. Some hosts charge as little as 2 3 per month but others can charge a little more. As with everything, the cheapest is not always the best, and even the more expensive hosts do not always provide better services. Much of your choice will be driven by your budget, but Ill give you some tips on what to look for.
Support The most important thing to look for with a web host is the level of support they offer. You should look for a host that provides email, phone and live support through web chat. Some hosts only offer email support and it can be very frustrating when you have a problem that needs to be handled quickly. The web site should also offer some kind of residence warranties, which gives you the confidence that your website will be available and any issues that may cause your website to be downloaded will be processed on time in customer support SLA Service Level Agreement. It is also worth checking out some testimonials available on the web sites website to see how other customers count the service. Any good web hosting company will show testimonials on their website.
Technical Features Choosing a hosting company that offers the right technical features is crucial when choosing a host. Most blog platforms run on the Linux operating system, although some run on Windowsbased systems. Typically, Windows hosting is more expensive than Linux hosting, I would advise using Linux hosting if you do not have a distinct requirement to use Windows systems. To distribute a blog, the following items must be available in the package you choose:
PHP 4.3 or higher
MySQL 4.1.2 or higher
Mod rewrite Apache modules
I suggest checking with your blog provider for any additional requirements, and you can always send an email to the web host before signing up to confirm that they meet the requirements.
Bandwidth and disk space
Most hosts provide a variety of bandwidth and disk space that you can use for the package price. This differs from host to host and it now seems to be a common trend for hosts to offer unlimited bandwidth and disk space. I recommend that you check any small printouts because hosts sometimes apply hats on bandwidth and disk space limits and the cost of crossing the borders can be quite costly so its well worth checking.
One Click Installs
Many of the reputable web hosting providers offer a click install for many of the popular software packages, usually offered via cPanel. This is a good feature if you are not sure that you install the blog application manually. A precautionary note check with your host if they offer a complete installation of the blogger program and not a cutoff / customized version. Some hosts only distribute a basic trimmed version that gives you little control to customize the blog.