Monday, 9 April 2007

Selecting Your Web Host: Part 3

Once you have reassured yourself about the reliability and the price of your webhost, check out the FEATURES offered:

1. WEBSPACE

As a minimum, a starting package should have at least 100 MB. This would be sufficient for most websites, except if you plan to have lots of images.

2. BANDWIDTH

Unless you expect to receive millions of visitors each month, 10 GB will be sufficient. What is more important is to be able to upgrade whenever you need to. Avoid companies that will automatically shut down your website if you exceed the allocated bandwidth. If you are not sure about your bandwidth needs, choose a package with 100 GB allocation.

3. CONTROL PANEL

Make sure that you will receive your own control panel. If there is no demo, ask for one at the help desk. The most popular panels are cPanel and Plesk. Some hosting providers offer custom-made panels, which should be avoided in most cases.

4. HELP DESK

I have already mentioned it, but make sure that there is a help desk. Test it by opening help tickets with simple queries. Note a response time.

5. E-MAIL

If you decide to use your hosting service also for email, make sure that you will have both POP and SMTP access. You will need both POP and SMTP to access your mailbox with your email client, e.g. Thunderbird or Outlook. Make sure that the allocated disk space is reasonable, e.g. as a minimum of 100 MB per mailbox.

6. WEBMAIL

A decent webmail service should be included.

7. FTP ACCESS

Usually it is included as a standard. You will need it for uploading your website.

8. DATABASE TOOLS

If you plan to install PHP-based scripts, make sure that your hosting provider will be able to support them.

9. SITE STATISTICS

This is also usually included in all packages. Avoid additional payments for advanced reporting features. Normally, everything should be included in your monthly fee.

1 comment:

sanjith said...

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