What things do you need to consider when choosing a web host?

The first thing to do is to consider your needs. What do you need from a web host? Don´t take this lightly. Stop what you are doing and The first thing to do is to consider your needs. What do you need from a web host? Don´t take this lightly. Stop what you are doing and make a list of all the things that you need from a web host. You might not get everything on your wish list, as the price is often a determining factor but at least you will have an idea of what you are looking for and which web host providers to eliminate from you search. make a list of all the things that you need from a web host. You might not get everything on your wish list, as the rice is often a determining factor but at least you will have an idea of what you are looking for and which web host providers to eliminate from your search.

A Few Points Worth Considering

    • What kind of website are you looking to build?
    • Will you need any Windows applications?
    • Will you need any particular software?
    • What is the likely volume of traffic to your site?

What to Look for in a Web Host

Reliability

Making sure that your web host has a reliable server is vital. Any time that your site is off line, is time wasted. Down time costs you money. Don´t accept anything less than 99% up time.

Server Options If you are just starting out and it´s likely that you are if you are reading this, then a shared hosting is a good option for you. Many shared hostings are very powerful and it´s unlikely to cause you any problems. Apart from that, it cuts down the cost in the early stages of developing your online business. You can always opt for a dedicated server at a later date if you need to.

Multiple and Sub Domains

Buying domain names is a great idea and you can register a domain name that suits your business for very little cost. Many domain names are less than $15 dollars a year. I own several domains and so it´s important for me to have a web host that has the space to support multiple domains and of course allows you to do it.
To give you an idea of how important this is to me, all my domains are looked after by Wealthy Affiliate. You can have up to 25 Site Rubix websites and 25 .com websites, all supported under one roof with Wealthy Affiliate. Honestly, 50 websites is probably enough to keep most people going.

Easy to Use

There´s a lot to take in when you enter the world of running an online business and so it´s important that the behind the scenes work is made easy. Some web hosts have control panels that are not user friendly and you are often left in the hands of technical support staff. This can be both frustrating and time consuming and it´s worth mentioning once again that any time your site is down or you can´t access it for whatever reason, is money lost.

I have NEVER had any such problems at Wealthy Affiliate. I log into my account, go direct to my chosen site link and click log in. It takes me straight to the dashboard of WordPress website and I start to write my content or make replies to comments on my pages. It really is very simple.

Limitations

Unlimited hosting DOES NOT always mean unlimited. Check the terms and conditions before you opt in. The last thing that you need is your web host blocking your account because you have used too much. Understand your needs and the limitations of your web host.

Support

At some point in time you are going to rely on your web host for support. It can be frustrating when you encounter problems ad you are at the mercy of tech support. How quick how available they are to solve these issues should be a determining factor in choosing your web host. 24/7 help is the way to go. I recently had a problem on my website as a result of a plugin I had installed. The Wealthy Affiliate tech support team had the problem resolved in no time at all. All I did was shoot them a message and they took care of the rest. I recently had a problem on my website as a result of a plugin I had installed. The Wealthy Affiliate tech support team had the problem resolved in no time at all. All I did was shoot them a message and they took care of the rest.

Back up

This should be a priority when choosing a web host. What happens if my site crashes? What happens if my site gets hacked? You need a web host that regularly backs up your website. If they do this then happy days. That´s one less thing to worry about when your stressed because of the above 2 questions. Wealthy Affiliate back up your website on a regular basis, so you don´t have to worry about losing your content. Plus, there is a training module that shows you exactly how to back up your website from the WordPress dashboard. It´s really simple and only takes a few minutes.

SSL (secure server)

If you are planning on doing any kind of business transactions across your web site, then you need to make sure that your web host allows you to set up SSL on your web site. However, this may incur additional costs. As a premium member with Wealthy Affiliate, this is given as standard FREE on ALL your websites. You can read more about the importance of SSL here.

My Number 1 Choice

As you have probably gathered through reading this post, my go to place for all my web site needs is Wealthy Affiliate. They look after all your hosting needs and your website is secure from hackers. Whether you´re new to the online world or a seasoned pro, Wealthy Affiliate will have something to offer you. The training and support is amazing and it has a community of over 600,000 people that are only too willing to help. I could go on and on about the benefits of Wealthy Affiliate but you can go straight to my full Wealthy Affiliate review.

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