Your website name leads people to you, but you have to have a ‘place’ where your website will be found. Kinda like buying property for a home, you need to rent space on the Internet from a hosting provider for your website.
Choosing a hosting provider can be very easy when you do the research and read a little on the services provided.
What you need to research and learn about any hosting provider will be based on the same general information, time after time, which will include:
- How much money do you want to spend on having your website online monthly?
- If you are going to have a database, will the hosting support the database?
- How much space do you need for your website, now and in the near future?
- Do you need to have scripts or run scripts on your site?
- How much bandwidth is your website going to require?
- Can the hosting provider support the streaming needs of your website?
Make a listing of your questions and needs for your website. As you list these questions, and you read to find the answers about any particular hosting provider you will be ready and able to make that decision for your website about where to host your site.
Every website has particular needs, such as large amounts of space for photos, large amounts of bandwidth for a particular program, or the capabilities of holding a huge database. These are the types of questions you need to ask yourself, about what your needs are, and then research all the hosting providers that fit your budget to find the best hosting provider for your website.
What other methods can you use to find a hosting provider that is reliable?
Ask your friends who they are using, ask your relatives who they are using for their website, and ask your employer (if you have one) who they are using to host their website. Find new clubs and webmaster pages online to learn more about what other hosting companies are most often used, and you will find tips about what types of hosting providers you should also avoid at the same time.