How to choose best web host for your site

7 things that you should keep in mind before signing up for a web hosting package.

1. Reliability and speed of access

Try choosing the webhost which is reliable, fast and guarantees 99.5% or higher uptime. 

2. Data Transfer (Traffic/Bandwidth)

The host must pay for the bandwidth that your site consumes. Don't believe any commercial web host that advertises "unlimited bandwidth". Always look for details on how much traffic the package allows.

3. Disk space

Don’t consider disk space as a big factor when comparing with other web hosts as you are less likely to consume 500MB space even if your host allows it for lesser amount.

4. Technical support

Test the technical support of the host by sending e-mails on holidays or midnight and note how long they take to respond. By the way, the advertisements ‘24/7 support ‘does not inevitably signify that it truly has that sort of support.

5. Email, Auto responders, POP3, Mail Forwarding

Look for the host that provides you email addresses at your own domain, an auto responder to automatically reply to the sender with a preset message, email software to retrieve your mail and mail forwarding services along with the hosting package .

6. Server

In common, you have to look for a Windows server, if you want to use ASP, otherwise a Unix-based web using the Apache web server would be the best as these servers let you to configure a bunch of facilities that you normally need on your site (error pages, securing your images... etc) without having to ask your web host to apply them.

7. Others' Reviews

Check out what others have to say about the webhost you are signing up for. Read reviews and comments on the hosting company which helps a great deal to choose right one for you website. You don't want to leave out this step, or you may be stuck within a host that everyone else is routing off.

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