With so many different web hosting companies and so many different types of features and packages, selecting a host for your website is no easy task. If you are not an expert in using hosting providers then you may be wondering where to start in your mission to find the right web host to support your website requirements.

Hosting plans come in all shapes and sizes, to suit the size of your needs. If you are a huge business that wants to sell products online, your needs will be greater than a small start-up that just wants to have some contact details available online. So the type of package that you need to go for is the one that fully supports your specific business situation.

Smaller companies just starting off may consider using free hosting services. And there are plenty of free hosting services available. However, the services that you get are quite different to premium hosting services. With free hosting type websites, you do not actually own your website, it is owned by your host company. So say you went with Wix your URL will show: username.wixsite.com/sitename/page-url so it isn’t exactly easy for users to remember.

If you want your own customised URL you need to move onto a premium hosting option that allows you to use your own domain name. Your website would also be used to place ads if you opt for free hosting with Wix. Your storage and bandwidth are both limited at 500MB. Also, you do not have access to customer support. So that summarises the limitations you will face with free hosting.

Perhaps 500MB storage is enough for your needs. If not, you can opt for a premium plan that will provide you with more storage and bandwidth. You can get what is called a shared hosting plan that allows you to keep costs quite low. This is because the cost is spread out across a number of different websites that use the same server.

Many small businesses opt for a shared hosting option because it gives you more control over your website and better performance. However, if the bandwidth and performance needs of your website are very high then you may want to take a look at dedicated or VPS hosting.

When you are trying to decide on which host to select, it is highly recommended that you read a number of reviews. It will help you to get an idea of what you should be looking for and what others have found out already about the host from their own experience of using them. Just looking on the website of the host will only provide you with biased views, as they are going to sell their company as hard as they can to you.

Impartial reviews are one of the best ways to ascertain whether a host will be able to do a good job for you, so spend time reading reviews. Sometimes people rush into setting up a website and agree to use the first host that they see but then they regret their decision. It is always a good idea to go with a host that offers a money back guarantee period, the longer the better. That means that you can set up your website and you should have a few weeks to decide whether it will do everything that you require it to do.

Choosing a web host could be one of the most important decisions that you make so take your time and get all of the facts that you need before you agree anything.

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