Its always a good idea to do any product research before you start shopping. The same goes for the services you pay for. You also have to think that there are often many brands and models of the same general products and many variations on the same kind of services. Therefore, in addition to general information, you need to get specific facts about which products or services best suit your unique situation. It is no different with web hosting.
It may be best to start our breakdown of web hosting companies in good and bad categories with basic features that apply to everyone. Since a web hosting company is actually the company that will store your website on its servers to earn up to the Internet, one of the primary considerations is that the server is fast. Similarly, the server works well enough and has enough backup equipment to keep your site up to 99 percent. Companies that can guarantee these things are good candidates for your website, while those who do not need to go into the bad category.
Other primary considerations
A well managed hosting company does not require you to have any special technical expertise unless you choose a particular type of dedicated hosting where you agree to undertake some of these tasks. However, for most and small businesses, a good web hosting company is running, upgrading its equipment to be competitive and doing all this without disturbing you or raising prices too fast. You want to concentrate on making your website profitable, not solving bandwidth problems, or troubleshooting DNS settings for your site name.
Another basic consideration is how much disk space you get per dollar and how much data traffic transfer is allowed per month. When you calculate the price you pay for disk space, as well as the bandwidth price, you will have a common benchmark for comparing prices. The best, most reputable web hosting companies do not take much more than the average for your other final candidates for the same amount of disk space and or bandwidth percentage. Usually, the more you want the more you will stop paying per month. A good company will have average prices. Interestingly, a bad company may charge either much more or much less than the average. Again, you do not decide the price alone, but on what the price buys in relation to other companies.
Differences and similarities
Today, you will find that most of the best web hosting companies share many standardized features for customers to manage their websites. There is usually a control panel or some type of disk space and bandwidth, e mail accounts sometimes unlimited and customer support available by phone, email, chat services or web forms. If you look at four or five potential hosts, and some do not have these tools as others, you will get another way to distinguish some good and bad companies.
Examine the companys position as well. Better Business Bureau reports and lists on Complaints.com and other consumer protection sites can tell you about some of the bad businesses and their cruel ways. You can also discover what prices and remarks some good sites have won from industry groups, consumer advocates and government agencies. This will increase what you learn about business reliability from user forums and other Internet sources. These are all good ways to distinguish the good from bad.
Boil everything down
The best web hosting companies will show good management, have reliable equipment, offer fast service and be priced within the area covered by your four or five candidate companies. More specific reasons to choose or not choose a business over another will relate to the exact type of website you post. If you are not up to lingo and do not understand the concepts, you should get help immediately from someone you trust, and do not rely on a web hosting salesman to look out for your best interests. After all, you have not decided which company is good or best yet.
Join a company that has expertise with what type of website you plan to build. If you open an online store, a good host is one who has a lot of experience in e commerce and shopping carts. If you do confidential client work, a good host will be the one who has state of the art security and top programmers and analysts on staff. You must ensure that your special needs are covered.