When looking to host a website, one has plenty of choices. In fact, with a quick Internet search, a potential customer will find thousands of Web hosting companies at his or her disposal. For this reason, it is not always easy to find the best host without a lot of searching. Here are four things a person should ask themselves before choosing a Web host.

How much storage do I need? A lot of inexpensive hosts will not offer much in the way of storage. Same goes for what ISPs offer in term of hosting. Almost every internet service providers in Ontario, where I live, offers basic web hosting with subscriptions. This is fine for a person who wants a simple WordPress blog. On the other hand, a person who runs an e-commerce site will need a lot of storage. Furthermore, when asking this question, one also must ensure that they get a lot of data with the plan. This will allow a site owner to run his or her website without fear of seeing it go offline unexpectedly.

Do I need support? An expert programmer can probably figure out an FTP setup and CPanel with ease. This may not be the case for a busy business owner who has little experience building or hosting a website. For this reason, one should look at how much support a company offers. At the same time, when looking at how much support a company provides, one should also look at how the company helps customers. Ideally, a Web host would help with a ticketing system, toll-free number and email support. Remember, when running a site, problems will occur and one must be prepared for the worst.


Do they offer add-ons? When building a site, some will need to use add-ons or a content management system like WordPress. Without a one-click installation, many will struggle to install a CMS. To avoid this problem, one should verify that the host offers a simple interface which allows people to install add-ons. Luckily, most offer this essential service.

Are they a reliable business? Finally, when hosting an important site, one should inquire about the reliability of a host. Now, most have an uptime guarantee of 99.99 percent. Of course, before signing up for services, one should verify this and even do some more research on the subject as a site should stay online all the time.

With these four things to ask, one will go a long way in choosing the perfect host for their needs. One must understand that this is an important decision that should not be taken lightly.