Searching for a dependable web hosting company, which has a reasonably priced web plan, is quite a challenge. Many hosting providers, with differences in their levels of quality concerning their servers and customer support, are available. How to choose wisely a company in place of another?
The first thing to do for someone starting his first website or blog is to register a domain name independently. Many registrars like Go Daddy or Name Cheap that have the same service at the same price are available. The difference is mainly in their user interface and additional services. This way, as the user is the registrant and owner of the domain, it is possible to migrate to another web hosting company later on freely.
After the domain is registered it is time to start searching for a hosting company that offers not only a good package reasonably priced, preferably on a Linux shared server, but also comes with a Network Uptime Guarantee and a very responsive customer support. It is also best to search for a company that has its own Data Center together with technicians available to help if the need arise.
When searching for a reliable hosting solution, there is no need to hurry and jump on the first provider that offers everything unlimited. It is more judicious to look for a plan that provides enough disk space, transfer bandwidth and domain add-ons for what is needed. A simple new website with a few pages or blog will use below 100 MB of hard disk and less than 2GB of bandwidth, and the standard package should suffice in most of the cases.
How to decide on a web hosting company that will prove to be reliable? Neutral user assessments about the different providers can be read in many hosting review sites. There are also Forums where webmasters discuss their experience and give valuable technical advices. And the last possibility would be price comparison websites that can give a good idea of what the best deals are.
Most of the web hosting services offered have the same options with some providing much more than a newbie webmaster will ever need. The difference between a good and a bad hosting company is in their Network uptime and customer support. Nobody would be happy to have a website on a server that is frequently down, so it is important to make sure that network uptime is guaranteed. A very efficient and fast customer support is the second most important quality to look for.
After the web hosting provider is finally chosen, the two name servers provided upon registration will have to be set-up through the domain registrar interface in order to point the domain to the shared server. This can be achieved easily but if difficulties are met it can be the chance to test the hosting company's customer desk.