Guest Post by Frank Petser
Web hosting companies of today come in all shapes and sizes. With hundreds of different
web hosting providers to choose from, it’s now more difficult than ever
to find a web host that best suits the needs of your website and
because of the advancements in technology over the recent years, setting up a basic web server to host other people’s websites can be done at a relatively low price and in most cases the process only takes a couple of hours if you know what you’re doing.
this is generally a good thing and the competition has helped bring
down the overall prices of web hosting, it also means that unfortunately
there’s a high chance of having your website end up being hosted
literally in someone’s basement on a low end web server or worse, on an
order to avoid the headache of losing valuable data like customer
details, written content, media and other important files because of an
incompetent web hosting company was unable to recover from a hard drive
failure, it’s vital that you know how to choose a hosting provider who
can guarantee the safety of your files and website as a whole at all
Avoid making the most common mistake
of the most common mistakes people make when trying to find a suitable
host is comparing only the different web hosting prices. While it’s
understandable that nobody wants to pay more than they have to, web
hosting price comparison is just one of many variables you will have to
example, it’s true that you can find a hosting plan for as cheap as two
dollars per month, but you’ll soon realize that you are limited to
uploading no more than 1GB worth of files, not to mention the bandwidth
and content limitations. Heck, the server might not even be able to
handle multiple PHP scripts running at the same time.
avoid running into these problems before you whip out your wallet,
let’s go over some of the main key features you should look out for when
choosing the best website hosting for a small business.
Where is the server physically located?
you have a local business and don’t plan on expanding onto the global
scene any time soon, you might want to pick a web hosting provider near
you or at least on the same continent as
your business. This way your website will load much faster for your
everyday customer and that alone can have a tremendous positive impact
on your overall sales.
Shared or dedicated hosting plan?
shared hosting plan means that your website will share web space on a
single server with multiple other websites and depending on your host,
you may be limited to how much memory, bandwidth and disk space you can
most cases a shared hosting plan is perfectly fine for small to medium
sized businesses and a dedicated server is not necessary. However if you
are planning to host content on your website that doesn’t fit the
interests of the general public or is not safe for work (ie. adult
material) then your only option is to choose a dedicated server.
How many domains can you host?
your business grows, you might find yourself in a position where you
need to launch another website so in order to avoid having to purchase
additional hosting packages for each of your domains, you might want to
figure out how many domains you are allowed to host with a single plan
Note: many common shared hosting plans don’t have the option of adding additional domains.
Which scripting languages are supported?
modern websites require PHP5+ and SQL scripting languages to function,
therefore you need to make sure your host can handle them. If you’re not
sure, you can ask your web developer to check this for you.
Best hosting provider for WordPress
is the world’s number one free Content Management System favored by
almost all small businesses who are looking for the most cost effective
way of having a powerful online presence.
order to find the best web hosting for a WordPress website, you have to
make sure your host meets the following system requirements:
PHP 5.6 or greater
MySQL 5.6 or greater
The mod_rewrite Apache module
if you’re not sure what all of this means, you should consult with a
web developer or an unbiased third party in order to avoid nasty
surprises later on.
is a freelance web developer from Estonia who has been
working with HTML, PHP, CSS, JS and SEO for the past 12 years
and blogs on ynef.net