Ten Essential steps for selecting a commercial web hosting service

1.    Check the Speed & Reliability

Web hosting services should be reliable. Hence make sure that the hosting service provider that you choose is offering you 99% uptime. Most of the service providers promise about 99% but you have to check thoroughly before accepting their services.

2.    Check actual Data Transfer (Traffic/Bandwidth)

Data transfer is amount of data transferred from your site to the visitor’s machines. Some of the service providers offer unlimited data transfer, but you have to check carefully whether they stick to their word or not.
After exceeding particular data transfer limit most of the service providers ask for additional charges.
Here is an example to measure bandwidth requirement of your website.
Ex: if your website has 10 pages, with each page having an average size of 100kb size with 20 visits/ day, then data transfer needed for a month will be (10x100x20x30 =600000 KB) 586 MB . Most of the vendors who offer free unlimited data transfer actually do it only up to 100MB and will often demand additional charges later.  So check your data transfer requirement and choose a web hosting provider accordingly. Also keep in mind that your traffic requirements will grow with time

3.    Ask for Disk space

Web hosting companies offer “unlimited disc space” as an important feature of their services.  Most of the websites require disk space less than 10 MB.
According to the above mentioned example of a 10 page website with 100kb individual pages , the average disc space needed will be (10x100=1000kb) i.e. approx 1MB. From this you can calculate the memory requirement of your website and hire a good custom web hosting service accordingly.

4.    Technical support

Some website hosting companies promise 24/7 technical support. Before accepting a web hosting service check-out whether they are applicable to Sundays, Saturday evenings and other holidays too.
And also double check whether the support comes from genuine people or else the sales representative may cater you a handful of technical problems rather than a technical team.

5.    Carefully review all the technical features

If you plan for website development in ASP.NET then you have no other choice than using windows hosting server. Before choosing the services closely analyze your entire requirements. Check whether your servers are compatible with your technical requirements like FTP, PHP, Perl, SSL, telnet, MYSQL, MS SQL, and ASP.NET.
If you are planning to have e-commerce functionality on your website, then you need to check it for SSL. The server that you prefer has to be compatible with the shopping carts that you choose.

6.    Review  Emails, Auto responders, POP3, Mail Forwarding offerings

As a website owner you may require domain name based e-mail ids. So list out all your requirements like forwarding the mails, controlling the mail accounts, and auto replies before contacting the right web hosting company.

7.    You might require a Control Panel

Control panel can be used to manage the entire web content of a website and other aspects easily. If your website is fully dynamic & needs to be updated on a regular basis, then you require a good control panel to update stuffs on a regular basis.

8.    Domain Hosting and Sub domains

If you are planning to sell your web space to multiple sub domains, then you should look for web hosting providers who are catering your needs.

9.    Server type

The server type is also an import point to be noted while selecting web hosting services. Click here to know more about server types. Depending upon the requirements you can choose the best server from various choices that we give.

10.    Resellers
There are so many web development companies who don’t have any hosting services but do reseller web hosting. While choosing such service providers, check out the credibility of the reseller web hosting company that you have chosen. Because fraudsters may disappear after selling and later create a lot of problems.