10 reasons to select a good Web Hosting provider

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Affordable & Reliable Web Hosting

If you have a web business or are in the process of launching one it’s important that you select an affordable and reliable web hosting provider. The web hosting provider of your online business can make a difference between a successful website and failure, it’s that important.

Below are the 10 things you need to look for in a web host

1 ) Your target market
Google evaluates your website or blog based on the location of your servers, the Google spiders assume that if your website is hosted on servers based in US then your target market is US. Hence it gives your site preference when a users goes on Google.com and types the keywords you are optimising for, if you want to rank on Google.com you need to have servers hosted in US. Location of your web host is important for your web ranking and searches on Google.

2) Unlimited hosting space
When you have a website or blog you need to ensure that you don’t run out of hosting space as you add content and images to your website or blog. If your site has limited hosting or bandwidth that you will run out of disk space when people are trying to access your site.

2) Unlimited bandwidth
It’s important that your host be able to deliver your content in the event that a lot of people are visiting your site at the same time. In a Web 2.0 environment where your blog post has an equal opportunity to go viral on networks like Digg or Stumble upon it becomes important to ensure that your hosting has large or unlimited bandwidth capability.

3) Unlimited websites
You may initially start with one site or blog, but find that you want to launch a few more blogs or sites based on the opportunity in a particular niche. My first site was an adsense related site, my second site was a web forum for movies and music, this web marketing blog is my third site, my fourth site is a web directory. All these sites are hosted on one server

When I launched my first adsense related site I had no idea that in less than a year I would have four growing websites. All these sites are hosted on the same server that has the option to host unlimited websites, I can host as many sites on my hosting as I wish, it’s important that you have the option of unlimited hosting on with your web host.

4) Free website and blog setup
There’s no reason you should be paying setup fees or transfer fees. Web Hosts like Bluehost has FREE transfer set up facilities, which means that if you choose to host your blog of site with them they will take care of your entire website or blog set up.

5) 99.9% uptime guarantee
No one can guarantee 100% uptime, but some hosts can get awfully close to give you a 99.9% uptime and that is what you want to have for your web business. You want your websites to be up and running when your users visit your website. Having a 99.9 % uptime means that in a year your website will be down at least for four days if not less. That’s a lot of time for your web business to be down.

6) Installed software for systems, database, scripting, email and more

This will appear as CGI, Perl, MySQL, SSH, POP and other acronyms I don’t understand. It’s ok, you don’t need to understand them either. Most web hosts wil have these unless you prefer a free web host.

7) CPanel web hosting

This is the defacto control panel making it easy to administer your site, this is an essential element of your web hosting. Ensure you have a CPanal hosting with your web host.

8 ) Strong 24/7 support system
I have been with hosts who didn’t answer their phones when my site was down and had database issues. It’s scary. Support is critical and 24/7 support is the most essential feature when you choose a web host. Bluehost specializes in customer satisfaction and has 24/7 support for live chat, email and toll free number.

9) No contracts or hidden fees
Ensure you read between the lines when you sign up for a web host, some of the web hosts have hidden charges that are not upfront when you sign up. Ensure you read everything that your host offers before you decide on a web host.

10) A fair price
Most hosts start at $10 or so per month which is not bad but there are better web hosts that will provide a lot more value for your buck.

I’ve used a number of web hosts in the past few years and had some nightmarish experiences. So I am frequently asked who I recommend for web hosting.

The host I’ve found that meets all of the above requirements and beats the price on all others is Bluehost. In fact, all of my sites including this blog is hosted with them. I am happpy with Bluehost’s web hosting service and I think you will be as well.

Bluehost’s web hosting service gives you a lot of FREE online promotions and pay per click marketing credits, with Blue Host you get a FREE domain name, FREE ecommerce shopping cart script that can be very easyly integrated into your website or blog, FREE $ 25 credit with Yahoo pay per click search marketing and FREE $ 50 credit with Google pay per click adwords marketing.

The value of FREE credits from Yahoo Search Marketing and Google Adwords itself is worth $ 75, which covers up for your hosting charges for a year.

Article by ZK

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  • Seaward May 10, 2009, 9:44 pm

    Thanks for such useful insight for the web host providers. It is a great deed to have such insight thought.

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      • Toronto Wedding Photographer August 6, 2009, 3:08 am

        earlier i made a mistake by seeing offers but later realized the importance of the good host

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    I m totally agree with you that if we starting one site and blog then we get another ideas and we starting another sites and blogs also. Then its will be good we have a same domain.

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    Most free web hosts impose advertising on your website. This is done to cover the costs of providing your site the free web space and associated services.

    • aweber May 11, 2009, 5:03 am

      I always wondered why they impose advertising on your site is it to give their service more recognition or is it so they can get you to upgrade to their hosting services?

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    • ZK@Web Marketing Blog May 11, 2009, 7:58 am

      Hi Zoom Whitening Sydney

      If you are serious about building a long term web business, I don’t recommend a FREE hosting service for any site or blog. Hosting rates are very low and affordable.

      ZKs last blog post..10 reasons to select a good Web Hosting provider

  • aweber May 11, 2009, 5:11 am

    I also wanted to add to this post that you did shed some very useful information on selecting the right web hosting services these are all great reasons on why to select a good webhost. Although I certainly agree with your main points there are just so many to chose from such as the cheap and the more expensive ones its really hard to choose the right one.
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    You are right ZK , Web Hosting is very critical to my blog infact it’s the backbone of any web business. A small investment in a reliable web host can go a long way to make your online business a great success

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  • David@SEM Labs May 11, 2009, 12:33 pm

    Good tips for shared hosting. If you want good dedicated, I would recommend SoftLayer – they have the best support I’ve ever experienced. Support tickets are usually actioned within a few minutes.

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  • Ann @ Work From Home May 11, 2009, 1:23 pm

    I have to say that for me Hostgator is the only way to go, no one has better customer service.

    • ZK@Web Marketing Blog May 11, 2009, 1:53 pm

      I had all my websites and this blog hosted on Host Gator but I moved my services to Bluehost and I am very happy with them.

      HostGator had very frequent database issues with one of my sites that was running a PHP script. They did not have servers that could handle the loading of the PHP script and because of that all my other sites were affected.

      Bluehost can handle the most complex database and scripts and has a very strong 24/7 support system.

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  • Liz @ Pink Cellphone May 12, 2009, 12:26 am

    Interesting comment about locating the server in the country of your target market. I am based in the UK and use domain names with .co.uk which are self-evidently targeting UK markets. I think Google uses this to determine the market location and therefore ranks in that particular region. I can see however that the .com domain tail would prove much harder for Google to understand.

    • ZK@Web Marketing Blog May 12, 2009, 8:01 am

      Hi Liz ,

      Google will look at the domain extension and the IP of the web host to determine the location and the target market. ie. if you own a .com extension and your website is hosted in the UK , Google will assume that you are tageting the UK market….However a local domain extension is a more powerful indicator to Google to rank your site in local searches. ie. in your case the .co.uk domain extension and website hosted in UK.

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    A number of great web hosting companies provide little extras to make sites more effective and user-friendly. These can include image upload galleries, blogs, control panels, order forms, support scripts, databases, and embedded video features.

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    • ZK@Web Marketing Blog May 12, 2009, 8:05 am

      The latest being FREE Pay Per Click credits on Google and Yahoo to promote your website and blog. With the FREE Pay Per Click credits you can recover your first year hosting cost :), the FREE credits are valid for six month from the time you sign up for the FREE credits with Google or Yahoo.

      I recommend you to make the best by using these FREE Pay Per Click credits to promote your sites on Google and Yahoo

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    I’ve been thinking about starting up a new website.. and I have been looking around for ways to do so. I don’t know whether to create one throught a company, using templates etc.. or whether to create my own and use a host. I’ll have a look at Bluehost and see what they have to offer

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    I might want a dedicated server or a reseller account, but shared might work too. I’m starting up a new site that will feature some of my artwork and I want people to be able to buy posters.

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    The most important feature for a web hosting client should be support. Almost everyone is dazzled by the gigabytes of disk space and the unlimitness of bandwidth and doesn’t give a dam about support. Unfortunately, when we have placed our order and notice that something is not going right, then it is already too late. I have come across many web hosting providers to whom their only problem is the user. Contact your software vendor, get advised by your cms community etc are the usual prompts by the support personnel. Right now I choose web hosting firms that are closely related to open source projects.

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    Thanks,
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    We are using BlueHost and have been happy with them. The decision was easy as BlueHost was one of the recommended providers on WordPress’ website.

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      Thanks Colleen for the comment , its a great testimonial for this blog post

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    I always recommend finding a host that will allow you to pay monthly (w/o a set up fee) so that you can try them out. If they are able to provide good service, then opt for a longer term. If not, then you can move on with out fighting for a refund that you are likely to never get.
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    I think with the prevalence of quality low cost hosting that now exists with most of the features you describe included, it’s hard to understand why anyone would use a free hosting service and not get their own domain. I was not aware of the Google rankings factor based on the location of the servers. That’s quite interesting.

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