Web hosting is always an essential component of running a website. That is because any website will not be accessible online if it is not for a web hosting provider giving you the lease on their servers.
When searching for a good web hosting provider, there are certain things that you have to consider. Here are the things to be aware of in web hosting:
The Bandwidth Cap
When you go out there and search for a hosting company, you’re most likely going to be offered some bandwidth for a good price. Most companies would entice you in the form of providing you unlimited bandwidth, but that is not usually true in the real world. Let me explain.
Every time a user accesses your website, it uses bandwidth to deliver the files of your website to them. That is what you are paying for when you hire a hosting provider.
Now, assuming that you have plenty of files on your website, that can easily eat up on your bandwidth allocation per month which will result in one of two things: Either you will get a huge increase in page loading speeds or that your website becomes inaccessible until you pay your hosting company for additional bandwidth. The phenomenon that I’ve just described to you is what is known as the bandwidth cap.
Unless your web hosting company does provide you with unlimited bandwidth, you’re running the risk of getting poor website performance if you go beyond the limit.
Now, I mentioned that companies might not deliver ‘true’ unlimited bandwidth because providers assume that you are not really going to use all of their available bandwidth anyway (which is true in some cases as people can go beyond the allowable bandwidth usage).
Another important thing to be aware of is domain registration. Whenever you want to build a website and have it up and running, you are asked to register your domain name in the domain registry. But, since the industry is quite competitive, web hosting companies would offer you that they will be the ones to register the domain for you.
There are some companies that are like that, but you may have to search long and wide to find a company that really provides you with such benefit.
If that is not possible, you still want to go with a hosting provider that makes domain registration a seamless process. What I mean by this is that whenever your domain is registered, you want to be able to link that domain to your website using your provider with no hassles whatsoever.
You see, customer service is always necessary whether you think you need it or not. You want a company that is known for providing really good service whenever you need it.
For example, in the event that your website becomes inaccessible, probably because of a server hiccup, how fast can you get a hold of one of their representatives? In addition, how fast can your problem be resolved? Those are the things that you should also have to consider as well.