Choosing a Host
Choosing the right host is really important when it comes to internet marketing. The last thing that you want to happen is to spend hours upon hours making great sites and then realising that your sites are never going to do well since you chose a terrible hosting company to host with. Here are some things to look out for before signing up to a hosting package:
Bandwidth is one of the most important things that you know about. If you’re not sure what this is, it’s basically the amount of visitors that your website can handle (usually per month). If you’re just starting out affiliate marketing or whatever then you probably don’t need to think about this too much since it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be getting thousands or even hundreds of thousands of visitors each day (at least for now!). Most hosts say that they give you unlimited bandwidth, but always read their terms and conditions to see what they class “unlimited” as.
Once again, there’s no point having an amazing site if it’s always down. A lot of hosts will boast about having 99.999% uptime or whatever which is great, but always try to read some reviews of the hosting company just to make sure that people aren’t regularly complaining about their sites being down. Even at 99.999% uptime, this means that their servers will be down for roughly 8 hours per year, but that’s not a lot when you consider that there are 8765 hours in a year!
Support is very important too. I know that I’ve had some issues in the past with my sites (nothing got to do with the host, just me needing a bit of advice) and they’ve always been more than happy to help me out. I’ll mention who I recommend to host with at the end of this article. Anyway, it’s nice to know that there is someone ready to help you when you desperately need help and haven’t got a clue what to do!
Number of Sites
How many sites can you host on the hosting plan that you’re looking at? The cheapest plans will probably only allow you to host 1 or 2 sites, but there are plenty of plans that you can host as many sites as you want with which is what you’d need if you have plenty of sites to host.
What is the control panel like with the hosting company that you’re thinking about signing up with? You’ll more than likely be spending a bit of time messing about with things using the control panel, so make sure that it’s a user friendly one and not too technical for you.
Some hosts offer one-click installs which can really speed up the process of building a site. For example: You can install popular blogs such as WordPress within a few seconds so that you can spend your time designing the site, writing content etc. rather than spending a while trying to figure out how you install WordPress onto your server. It might sound quite lazy, but why spend more time on something than you have to spend on it?
Disk space is the amount of memory that you can use to save your site onto the hosts server. Don’t be fooled when you see one site offering a lot more disk space than another (such as a crazy amount like 100GB) and then deciding to go with the host that offers 100GB disk space. You’d be surprised how little memory that you need to save a site, in most cases it’ll be less than 10MB. Unless you’re hosting video clips or any type of media then you really don’t have to worry about disk space too much.
So, who do I host with?
I use HostGator.com to host all of my sites. Originally I only used them because a friend recommended them and ever since then I’ve never had to look back. I don’t think there are any other hosts that offer anything close to what HostGator offer for the price that they charge. I just wish that HostGator would run some special offers for existing customers though, they always have offers for new customers!