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How to Find the Best Web Hosting for Your New Website

by Kevin Nelson

If you've done any research at all, then you know that finding the best web hosting for your money can be quite a challenge. The industry is full of competition, with more web hosting companies popping up all the time. So it can be a time-consuming task to find the best web hosting for your particular needs. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind as you research the different options.

Know Your Needs

First, you should have a good understanding of what your particular needs are in terms of web hosting, for your site right now and also for what you might need in the near future. You want to be sure that the hosting plans you're looking into have all the features that you'll need to allow you to structure your website like you want to and you want to be sure that it leaves you some room to grow as you build out your site over time or add new features.

Either you or your webmaster should determine what requirements you'll need from a web host. The good thing is that once you establish your needs, it will help you narrow down the choices to those that are best suited for your new website.

Typical Price Range

The typical price range for affordable hosting that meets most people's needs is about $10 - $20 per month. Anything more than that and you should definitely compare the options to see what you're getting for the additional cost. Of course, if you're purchasing a dedicated server or some other high-end setup, the cost is substantially more.

Single Domain or Multiple Domains

For most people, a single-domain or reseller account is usually more than enough. A single-domain account will allow you to host one website and is usually the least expensive type of account.

For a few dollars more, coming in closer to the $20 range, you can get a reseller account which will allow you to host multiple sites, each having their own login info and control panel. In fact, you could even provide web space to friends, family and other customers for a fee, hence the name "reseller account". Even though that's the case, many people use reseller account solely for themselves as an easy and affordable way to manage multiple sites.

Understand the Features

You should also compare the different features for different hosting plans. For instance, some plans offer more disk space or bandwidth than others and some services are set up for scripting and databases while others might not. That's why it's important to understand what your needs are and then compare that to the features offered by each hosting company.

You'll also need to keep in mind the type of server they offer and what software it runs (Linux or Windows are the typical options). This is because often times, software will only run on one type of system or another.

Finally, one more important consideration to keep in mind is the level of support the company provides. Ideally, they will have some form of 24 hour support, either via phone, email, or online chat.

Once you know what your hosting needs are and can compare the features and support offered by different hosting companies, you should be able to quickly narrow down the possible choices to a handful that meet your needs. Then, if all things are equal, you can base your decision on price. After all, as long as they provide good service and support and fit your needs and budget, then that company will probably provide the best web hosting for your new site.

Tuesday, Sep 19th, 2006