Choosing a Web Host - dummies

By Peter Pollock

Part of Web Hosting For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Picking from the plethora of web hosts can be difficult. Here are a few quick tips to help you choose among the different web hosting options:

  • Is the host reputable? Do a web search for the host to find what people are saying about it.

  • Is the host’s price reasonable? Some hosts offer a discount in the first year. Check that the price after the first year remains reasonable.

  • Does the host offer the facilities you need? Most hosts offer all the basics, but you should check if you have special requirements such as a Windows server, FrontPage extensions, and even daily backups.

  • Are the host’s servers located close to your target audience? If the company’s servers are in India but your audience is in North America, your visitors will find pages slow to open.

  • What do your friends recommend? Web reviews can be fabricated, but honest reviews from people you know personally are more likely to be honest and accurate.