Choosing a Website Hosting Company – What to Ask

Choosing a website hosting company can be overwhelming. There are plenty of options, but how do you choose the right one? Aside from online reviews and recommendations from friends and colleagues, knowing what to ask is just as important in decision-making process.

There are several factors to consider when choosing a website hosting company. Aside from budget, it’s important to know what the hosting site’s options are. We’ve listed some that you should ask about:

  • Bandwidth – It’s important to pay for enough bandwidth so that your site runs quickly for users and doesn’t crash during high traffic times.  Not all websites require high bandwidth, but if you expect to have a high volume of visitors during a peak period make sure your hosting plan can handle that volume.   Talk to your hosting company about your current traffic levels and the levels you expect to reach in the coming year.
  • Disk Space – Another important factor is storage space for all of your site content.  If you plan to expand your site with new pages and images it is important to have enough space for future content.  Effective pages have a combination of text, video, and image content, so make sure you have plenty of room to grow.
  • Linux Hosting – If you plan to use WordPress or any of the other content platforms that run on PHP, Perl, Python or CGI scripting, you’ll want to make sure you choose a hosting site that supports Linux.
  • Windows Hosting – If you use ASP or scripting, then you will need to ensure that the hosting company you choose supports Windows.
  • Control Panel – Being able to control and edit the content on your website is important. Make sure that you are able to make standard changes to your site, and that the control panel the company use is usable for your skill level.
  • Site Statistics – It’s also imperative to see how your site is performing, this is accomplished through site statistics. These are available either directly through the backend server logs, or with the industry-standard Google Analytics. Check with your hosting company to make sure reporting is accessible and available to you.
  • Support – It’s inevitable that at some point you will have a question you can’t answer or an edit you can’t make. It’s important to know that there is great customer service available, some companies offer forums and basic online chat service, while others offer an actual account manager or live phone support.

By asking about these offerings, you will have a comprehensive overview of your options so that you can make the best decision for your company.

RealTech Services not only offers all of the above options, but you also get personalized service. In addition to hosting your website, they can also design and optimize your site.