Choosing a reliable web hosting company can become a daunting task if you are not sure of your expectations. There are some essentials to look for in a good web hosting company before making you’re your choice. It is necessary to ask yourself the following questions before continuing to freeze on a web hosting provider.
1) How much money is involved in getting your site up and running? There are affordable and reliable hosting providers who can make your site function, usually in 24 hrs.. Website hosting may not be the only influential factor for your site expense though. Others might include: SEO, Marketing etc...
2) How much space will your website need? It’s important to make sure if your site requires large database storage or simple static site with the use of less space.
3) Bandwidth should also be a criteria. If you run large files through your site every day, you may require more bandwidth. And for a static site, providing just the information about the company and contact details, you can go for lesser bandwidth.
4) Make sure, if your site requires any special software to run scripts correctly on your website. Check with the website hosting company before you make your choice.
5) Does your site require a database? It is wise to check with the hosting provider, if they can host a database and some providers host only certain types. If your website requires a database, check all the requirements with the web hosting provider.
Well, after you have asked yourself the questions above, visualize your site and its purposes. Have a neat navigation chart with links from home page to all internal pages and so on. Write down the function of each link on the website. It is better to work on it twice even three times so that when it is actually set up on your system, you and your hosting provider won't be surprised by any additional requirements which may arise that you have missed.
Its always wise to research multiple web hosting companies before you make your final decision. Go through their server software, technical requirements and hardware. Compare with other web hosting companies before you make up your mind.
Lastly, go through various forums pertaining to website hosting providers, you will find an abundance of good information.