The Best "Shared" Web Hosting For Websites
Website hosting is an extremely important decision if you want to run a successful online business. Many people are tempted to save money and go with the lowest cost option, but that usually also means skiping on important services in your website hosting. In this review and comparison, you will see the best website hosting options that are also reasonably priced.
What do you need to consider when selecting a website hosting company?
Server Reliability & Uptime Scores
You need your site to be online 24 x 7, as people from all over the world can come to your site any time of the day. 99.95% uptime is considered the norm these days, so this should be a minimum in any option you consider.
Server Upgrading Options
Shared web hosts are very powerful these days, and a great place to start. These can easily handle up to 50,000 visitors per day. However, if your site really grows quickly, then you want a hosting provider that can allow you to upgrade for better power, memory, storage & security.
Multiple Addon Domains
You want a web hosting plan that allows you to have multiple domains on the same hosting plan, thus “addon domains”. Domain names are cheap and you don’t need a separate hosting plan for each one, as long as your hosting plan allows for addon domains. Some even allow for unlimited addon domains.
Free Trial, Signup vs Renewal, Refund Policy
Some hosts offer a free trial – might be tempting, but what is the cost after the free trial? Also, check the signup cost vs the renewal cost (usually much more than the signup promotional offer). Don’t forget to review the refund policy (if they even have one).
Check Features & Support
Do they offer features such as: one-click installers, FTP access, .htaccess file access, e-commerce ability, easy control panel, included emails, site backups? What type of support is offered (chat and/or telephone)?