If you are looking for cheap web hosts for your website or blog then it is essential that you have a list of minimum requirements that all your potential web hosting companies must provide. If they do not meet these important criteria then you should ignore them and find a better hosting company.
The Best Customer Support Is Essential
If you cannot communicate effectively with your web host you are going to have more problems than you need. You must be able to report any hosting issues easily and quickly and the best way to do that is via direct contact with web host technical personnel. You also need the web hosts technical staff to respond quickly and effectively to any problems or questions that you may have.
Submitting online support tickets with a 24 hour or worse turn around is not really the best way to go as you never know if your request is being attended to or not. It is always better to have 24/7 phone or online chat support to technical staff at the web host so you can call and check that your issue is being resolved when you have a problem. Also if you just have a question it is good to be able to talk to someone when you need to.
A good trick is to phone the technical support line before getting an account with your potential web host just to see if the support you get is what you want. If possible ask them a few technical questions and make sure that they know what they are talking about and reply to you in a way that you find acceptable. If you are not happy then that web host is not for you.
Get a Reliable and Secure Web Host
All web hosts will have different plans that offer different power and capacity on their servers, whether Windows or Linux. Bandwidth and disk space are the two most important criteria closely followed by the time that the servers are available, which should always be about one hundred per cent. Do your research on different web host companies first and create a short list of the best.
For some the more technical aspects of their hosting will be important such as PHP or ASP support. For others the option to run more than one website or domain or MySQL databases from their hosting account is critical, especially for specialist software such as WordPress. Some offer unlimited domains for those that need it.
The speed, power, reliability and security of the server your website will be hosted on are also important aspects of any web hosting account. Find out as much as you can about these items and compare carefully before you buy.
Make sure that you are provided with an easy to use control panel or dashboard for managing your web hosting plan. The best around is Cpanel and you need to make sure this comes with Fantastico, which will enable you to do very easy installs of blogging and other software such as WordPress.
Find the Lowest Prices that Come with A Guarantee
The price you pay for your web hosting is always going to be important, but it should be the last thing you look at after all the other criteria above. There is a lot of competition among cheap web hosts to get your business so discount deals will always be available and you should be looking at a price per month that is under ten dollars. You should ensure that you also get instant activation of your cheap host account so you can get on with building your new web site.
Until you actually use a cheap web host service you will not really know how good or how bad it is, so always get a money back guarantee in case things do not work out. A 30 day period is typically offered and it prevents you losing money on a bad service.
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