5 Things to Consider Before Signing Up for Web Hosting.

How to choose a right Web Hosting ?

You are thinking about starting a website, and you realize that the first 2 things you need are web hosting and domain. You know how to choose your domain name. But when it comes to choosing the right web host, you are lost!

In this blog post, we’re pleased to compile a list that can help you to choose the right web host.

TIPS: Remember Not to choose your web host based on prices only. Look at the value (namely features, support, etc) you get!

1. Storage offered by the web host

This refers to the amount of the storage you get for your website, aka web space. When you need your website up and running, you must first have web space to store the images, emails and other web files. The storage offered by your web host influences the content you can have on your website, and website performance.

2. Web host’s uptime

Different web hosts offer different features, and low-priced hosts might not provide all the features you need. To get more info about the features offered by various Web hosts, look for third party’s reviews online.

And how do you measure a Web host’s uptime? It’s often measured by “Nines”, according Hosting Manual. Here’s how they translate downtime for 30 days:

  • 99 percent – Two Nines equals seven hours and 12 minutes downtime
  • 99.9 percent – Three Nines equals 43 minutes and 12 seconds
  • 99.99 percent – Four Nines equals four minutes 19 seconds
  • 99.999 percent – Five Nines equals 26 seconds
  • 99.9999 percent – Six Nines equals three seconds

3. Security strength

A Web host with great security strength is definitely what you want, especially if you’re planning on offering both your existing and potential customers the information they need via your website.

Here are a few security features you should be looking for from a Web hosting provider:

  • Domain Privacy Protection
    WHOIS ID Protection is often known as ID Protection or Domain Protection. Owning a domain name shouldn’t mean you need to sacrifice your privacy, and this is where WHOIS Privacy Protection helps to solve this problem. Whois ID Protect works in the same way as having your phone number “unlisted” — it prevents people from gaining access to your phone number, email address, physical address, and other private information.
  • SSL Certificates
    With an SSL Certificate, your website URL will start with “https://” instead of “http://”. In addition, your website visitors/potential customers will notice a green [Secure] word in the website address bar. Basically SSL certificate can Protect Your Login Details, File Transfer and Your Personal Info.

4. Daily backups

Backup means copying data in order to have a copy of the information that can be used to re-create content in case of data loss. It doesn’t matter if it’s your Web host’s fault or yours, if you don’t have a backup, once you lose your site’s content, everything is gone!

5. Location

Going hand in hand with the network connection, the location in which your server is located plays a big role in affecting your website speed and ultimately how it will fare with users and search engines.

For example, if you are targeting audience in Malaysia, a hosting company that stores their servers in Malaysia would give you the best website loading speed, and is most probably the best choice for your business. Let’s imagine, The data has to travel across the country, so latency and download speed will be a bit slower than if you were around the same area as your intended market.