9 Things You should Consider to Choose a Reliable Web Host

You’re probably reading this because you intend to start a blog, a forum, a personal or business website and you’re confused about which web host to use due to several contrasting reviews you’ve read on the internet. The success of your website depends a lot on the web host you choose and starting with the wrong one can be a pretty bad mistake you will regret. To choose a web host that doesn’t suck and make your site unstable in the near future, there are certain things to put in to consideration.

1. Is the web hosting service free?

I don’t expect you to build your blog or business on a free host but if you’re considering it, get it out of your mind right now! Free web hosting can ruin your dreams and and get your site terminated any time. It’s free, right? You know you can’t even complain if they decide to kick your butt.

2. How much does it cost?

Yes, most people would prefer to go for something cheap and there are several web hosts out there whose services are dead cheap but are you sure there are no hidden charges? Are you sure those core services you need are included in their package? One thing you should know is that good things don’t come cheap. If you need a quality web hosting service, that cheap one might not be right for you. I almost went for iPage hosting when I wanted to host my first website but I read a lot of reviews that made me change my mind and went for something a lot more expensive.

3. Customer service

A web hosting provider that doesn’t attend to its customer promptly isn’t worth it. Don’t even try it. Even if you’re a geek and know everything about web hosting, there’ll come a time when you’re gonna be in dire need of a capable technical support. Can you reach your web host easily in times like this? Can you get support through phone? Online chat? You should put this in to consideration.

4. Is your website going to load fast?

I bet you already know the importance of a fast loading website, right? I won’t advise you to choose your web host randomly, look for someone using that web host or a site hosted on it. You should try to know if they are not overselling beyond their capacity. You know you have a problem when your site takes 30 seconds, even 20 seconds, to completely load. This can make you loose potential customers and ruin your business.

Sometimes this may be cause by the script you’re using but lots of times, your web host is to blame for this.

5. Is that 99.9% uptime guaranteed?

This is one of the most important things to consider before choosing a good web host. Everyone claims 99.9% uptime but is that even guaranteed? If you’re a blogger, an unstable site means losing traffic and pagerank. And if you’re running a business site, you will be losing customers and your investment will be going down the drain right in front of your eyes.

6. Is there any automated backup?

Your website is bound to run into any sort of problem anytime and normally, you should make a regular backup of your stuffs. You should find out if your web hosts offer any such backup in case you run into technical issues and need to restore a very recent backup.

What if you messed up your site so bad and even damaged your database? Will your host help in such situations?

7. What features does the cPanel has to offer?

A client gave me the login details to his hosting account a while ago and it was some sort of custom dashboard… It wasn’t cPanel, not even Plesk. I couldn’t even create a database unless I contacted the web host. Now, isn’t that awkward in this age?

Does your host offer cPanel? What features are available? I’m a lazy guy and I prefer to have an auto installer (Softaculous or Fantastico), a site builder like the one offered by 1&1 website builder and I wanna be able to manage my database easily preferably with PhpMyAdmin.

Does that web host you intend to use offer all these?

8. Are the hosting plans flexible?

You site will definitely grow and you may want to upgrade your hosting account to something that can accommodate your growing traffic. Does your web host support this? Can you later move to a VPS if you want to without necessarily changing your web host? This is one thing I didn’t like about BlueHost… I don’t know if they’ve changed though.

You’ll definitely need this when your web host shuts down your site over excessive CPU usage and you need to upgrade to a better plan that can handle your website.

9. Wait, what are people saying about that web host you want to choose?

I’m not saying all reviews online are genuine. As a matter of fact, quite a number of them are paid but you should take some time to google out about what people are saying about that web host. There are lots of web hosting forums out there you can check. You can consider checking these:

Web Hosting Talk
Web Hosting Forum

Also, be sure to google out about them with queries such as “XYZHosting review,” “XYZHosting sucks” and so on. Also don’t be fooled by all the negative reviews you read, not all makes sense and you should be wise enough to discern the real truth behind those positive and negative reviews.

I’ve been using Arvixe for a while now and I’ve never had a cause to regret choosing them. The service is good, 99.9% uptime is guaranteed and the support isn’t bad. Why not check them out?

This post was last modified on December 19, 2016 9:03 PM

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Tags: Web Hosting
Don Caprio: @doncaprioHusband, superdad, ubergeek, lazy writer, serious gamer, gadget collector, amateur photographer, web designer. I'm on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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  • Not only should the web host be reliable and fast, it should guarantee its uptime (the time
    when it is functional). Look for a minimum uptime of 99%. In fact, even 99% is actually
    too low — it really should be 99.5% or higher. The host should provide some sort of refund
    (eg prorated refund or discount) if it falls below that figure. Note though that guarantees are
    often hard to enforce from your end — especially if the host denies there was any downtime.
    However, without that guarantee, the web host will have little incentive to ensure that
    its servers are running all the time. And as I know, Arvixe is great hosting provider too. I don't want to switch as I'm very happy with ASPHostPortal. If I have clients, I always use them. You just need to sigh up their Host One package, I think that's very enough. Good luck. :)

  • pls do u know any reliable host i can buy with pm(perfectmoney) cos i checked arvixe out n it seems nice but i dont have a paypal acc not to talk of master card

    • GTBank Mastercard works pretty well with Arvixe. I'm not sure I know of any reliable webhosts that accepts PM. There's one actually, but I can't guarantee you the service is that great: gossimer.com

      I use it mainly for domain registration.

  • Don. You are a great man. My first time here today and i found what i hav been looking for. Thanks for the great share. I will always come back here.

  • That is another best post from Caprio. I have been regular reader of your blog though today I decided to comment here. The post are very usefull for people who are going to choose any hosting plan.

  • The Don,

    I think am one of the most happiest blogger today, having my blog hosted by arvixe is what makes me the happiest from this post. Though they are not 100% efficient but having my blog hosted on the same host with Doncaprio is a good beginning form me.

    • Hi Adesanmi,

      As far as I know, Arvixe is okay for now but... I remember saying the same thing on behalf of Hostgator till they showed me their other side.

      Anyway, I wish you all the best.

  • Hi Caprio,

    I must stress the review aspect. Not all reviews are genuine like you pointed out. As a matter of fact, most of these reviews are ACTUALLY FAKE! Hostgator is a perfect example.

    Thanks for the time!

    • Exactly what I was driving at. Those reviews are sometimes paid and not to be believed. It's always better to get read a first-hand user experience and I think the only place to get that is web hosting forums.

  • I have been having issues deciding for a client who didn't want a local host guess I'll see what arvixe has to offer

  • Very informative post you have here. I will like you to write a post on how to signup on your favourite host as a Nigerian. THANKS.