There are several things you should take into account when choosing a web host for your business.
- Reliability and uptime
- Disk Storage
- Backup capability
Let’s take it one by one and see exactly what each above item means.
Reliability and Uptime
This the ability of the hosting company to provide stable, fault tolerant infrastructure with good uptimes. Most web hosting companies say they offer 99.9% uptimes, but this is not true for all of them. In other words, uptime means the percentage of time that the host is accessible via internet. And as I previously mentioned, most say they offer 99.9%, but sometimes the server may suffer some restarts and planned or unplanned maintenance. This usually happens in any web hosting environment.
Depending on how larger your site is, you may pick up a more or less storage. If you have a basic site and need about 10 to 20 email accounts then you do not need more than 1GB of disk storage. However if you intend to connect your email address with Outlook, and you do no want to keep messages on your server but only on your local computer, then there will be more free space available. Please see more details on choosing hosting package which best fits your site and business.
Bandwidth, called also data transfer, is the amount of traffic allowed from and to your site and the rest of the internet. If your site site has large traffic then you would need more bandwidth. You can read more details on how to choose a hosting package
A secure web hosting server means that the server uses latest technologies and software, scanning systems and networks for disallowing hackers, invaders or spammers to create server issues.
In the last years, there are many hosting companies offering backups, monthly, weekly or daily, to websites and database installed on their server. Make sure your chosen web host offers free backup service so you be sure that your website can be restored easily if it gets hacked or accidentally deleted.
This is when you have a small site, you buy in the first year a small package hosting, and then, after your online business grows and site becomes larger and with higher traffic, you need to upgrade to a better hosting package, with larger disk storage and bandwidth. You should be able to do this change without any issue from the hosting company, and with minimum downtime for your site.
You always should rely an good support, by email, chat or phone from your web hosting company. They should answer you in maximum 48 hours to your questions, and their ‘answer’ should be easy to understand and useful for you.
The last but not the least is the price for the hosting package. Read, compare and then decide upon what you should buy. Take care because more often than not, cheaper does not mean the better.