If you have your domain name (or not) and you are wanting to get a web host to host your new business idea, but are not sure about what to look for. Then this post should help.
I suppose the main bit of advise would be to consider what it is you need. Take a look at your business and take a note of the service below that your business can not do without.
Now to most people, this is a most important. But do not be fooled. Some web hosts offer free hosting. But free is not always free. These services embed adverts on to your website in order to keep the service free. But in most cases these adverts can not be good. As they tend to promote what you are promoting. So picture this, you run an internet clothes shop. Then your advert on your site displays adverts from your competition, most likely at a cheaper price. This can not be good for your business.
But you do not need expensive ones. As most host companies charge for features that you will more than likely not use or need.
This has to be the most important thing to think about after the domain name itself.
When choosing a host, Make sure you are able to add more email address as and when you require. Expect to grow your business online and when that happens you are going to need more staff. Who intern will need a personal email address to reflect your website. If you are happy to buy the minimum allocated email addresses at the start, make sure you understand how to add more as you require. Also make sure you are aware of how much that would be.
Another factor to consider regarding email addresses is the allocated size of the storage. It might sound daft but having a limited inbox size can find itself getting full rather easily. So having this as unlimited is a piece of mind more than anything.
As I was just saying regarding email space. The size of the web storage is paramount. If you just have a few pages on your website and are happy for that then you will be best having a small web space which will be rather cost affective to you. However, If you require an endless amount of pages and wish to become the next amazon, then having limited storage for your site will not be advised.
My tip for this will be to start small and buy extra as and when you need it.
So, you have your website all set up and ready. You are going to advertise meaning that lots of eyes will be on your website. Your only restriction will be your bandwidth. Some hosts limit how many views you can get at any one time and most limit how many you are allowed in any week / month.
So when choosing a host. Make sure that it allows for a lot of traffic.
Probably the most important factor to think of. If something goes wrong with your website, who you gonna call? (not the ghostbusters).
Make sure that your host has an up to date FAQ centre and a phone number along with a customer support email address is a must. Read the terms. As most web hosts reply to emails within 7 days.
This can only be a bad thing. If something goes wrong then you need it to be sorted out right away, as down time for your business could mean a loss of sales or even a bad reputation. So do not settle for responses less than 24 hours.
Now I’m not going to start slating those big host companies. Everyone has separate needs which will make each host the right host for someone at least.
However. I have had experience with many web hosts and believe that the best experience I have received is from this host:
Krystal are a UK-based host with many years experience. Their basic package provides 500MB or storage with 25GB of monthly bandwidth with 20 email addresses for £2.99 a month which is a perfect host for any starter and a great place to start expanding.
I have emailed Krystal a lot of times lately regarding small minor problems and the longest I have had to wait for a reply is 2 hours. Which is the fastest time out of all the hosts I have tried. Also the lovely staff give the best and honest advice and are willing to perform tasks for you if you are unsure.
With this said, I honestly believe that you will not be disappointed using Krystal.
Thank you for reading. Comment below with your opinion.
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