An important tip for choosing a good website host:

by samstephens 15 replies
Just a quick note to people newer to internet business.

Your hosting provider is the foundation upon which your business will build. Sign up to a solid hosting provider, and make sure you give your business the best chance it has to thrive.

When choosing a hosting provider, make sure you go with a company who's PRIMARY purpose is website hosting.

By doing so, you're getting the best change at finding a host who takes their hosting clients seriously, and does not shut down or ignore common scripting needs.

For example: Yahoo. They do a good search engine, but their hosting solution restricts you in a number of ways.

Companies who's web hosting is simply a secondary income stream for them are (generally speaking) less likely to be flexible, are more likely to shut down common PHP features, and are less likey to listen to hosting customer's requests.

I've had two clients be bitten by this issue in the past few days.

So it's always a good idea to go for a company who's primary offering is hosting space if you're after a long term hosting solution that will allow your business to operate way into the future.

cheers
Sam
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  • Profile picture of the author Ireen
    I have no experience with hosting, so it is a good tip!
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    • Profile picture of the author samstephens
      I'm glad I could help, Ireen!

      Just a quick note - hosting space that you're given with your ISP are notorious for also shutting down a lot of scripting functionality.

      So again, generally speaking, ISP hosting space is a good idea to stay away from for a business website.

      cheers
      Sam
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      • Profile picture of the author CSwrite
        Excellent advice, Sam! I just ended up having to move one of my sites to a new server for that exact same reason. Couldn't use the script I wanted and in the end, the script was worth more than the hosting package.

        I've also found that tech support for hosting companies that only do hosting is so much better and usually quicker.

        Cheaper isn't always better, and those little add-ons are great, but only if they aren't costing you business, time and effort.

        After spending three hours wrestling with a script yesterday only to find out it wouldn't work on that host anyway, it really drove home that point.
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        • Profile picture of the author Chris_Willow
          Nice post, Sam

          I'd like to add this-

          When looking for a hosting provider consider just how much space you will need. You see in most cases a niche website doesn't even brake the 5mb limit, a regular salesletter takes only few kilobytes. If you will be selling a digital product, consider the size of the product too. Ebooks don't take a lot of space, but video and audio content could.

          What I was trying to say is- you don't have to buy 100GB, 10GB or even 1GB hosting in your first months. Sure, you can easily buy premium plans when you are doing some business and making money. In fact back in the affiliate marketing days I used to spend $0.50 a month on 20mb hosting account and it was all I needed. At the moment I am paying for only 100mb of disk space and it's more than enough for a couple of blogs and niche websites(but I'm upgrading for a video project coming soon).
          Cheap is not always bad and I have never had trouble with customer support or anything even if a pay them a few bucks every 4 months

          Chris
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          • Profile picture of the author wellymulia
            Sam, thanks for the tips.

            Indeed, hosting is like the lifeblood of our online business. If we choose the wrong hosting company, we'll be in dead water soon.

            Cheers,
            Welly Mulia
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            • Profile picture of the author abelacts
              Great tip. Never thought of that though ;-) But it's more than that actually...

              You'll never know what hits you until you experience problems with webhost or when you want to move hosting. Choosing a good host is very important and it saves you a lot of trouble in the future.

              I am now in the process of selling a website and my webhost gives me a string of headaches when I want to transfer the site and domain to the new buyer. I will never want to deal with this webhost again. If you want to know the exact webhost, PM me. Do your best to stay away from it.
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              • Profile picture of the author LivingCovers
                Great tip for we newbies just starting out. There are countless web hosts out there
                but with these tips, one is sure to avoid the CRASH that sometimes occur in most online
                businesses.
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      • Profile picture of the author Peggy Baron
        And if you already have hosting that does what Sam says, it can be a nightmare to get fixed. Unless Sam is your knight in shining armour, like he is mine!

        Peggy
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        • Profile picture of the author mun
          Could you suggest some good hosting providers?
          I am planing to sign up with www.bluehost.com (not affiliate).

          They seem to offer a hell of a lot when it comes to space, bandwith and compatibilty and looking at their prices I feel that they are very competitive.
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          • Profile picture of the author mdunn123
            That's an awesome piece of advice Sam! A lot of people never really think about this. I learned my lesson some years ago and it wasn't pretty.

            Mike
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            • Profile picture of the author jensrsa
              Good advice Sam.

              We see it so often that people are looking for the cheapest hosting rather than good hosting when saving a few dollars a month shouldn't be your priority with hosting, and it is often about saving one or two dollars.

              A good host can save you a lot of headaches and will grow with your business.

              I look at:

              - available support - do they offer 24/7 support, how quickly do they respond, how helpfull are their staff
              - bandwidth (in South Africa this is a big issue because of limited bandwidth and your monthly cost can skyrocket as your site grows)
              - script support - cgi, php, etc.
              - site stats (you'll be surprised how many SA hosts charge extra for site stats)
              - control panel
              - upgrade options
              - TLD's they offer
              - reseller options

              Jens
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              • Profile picture of the author samstephens
                We see it so often that people are looking for the cheapest hosting rather than good hosting when saving a few dollars a month shouldn't be your priority with hosting, and it is often about saving one or two dollars.
                Exactly right, Jens! As you said, the price difference between a "dodgy" host and a solid host is often only a few dollars a month.

                Strangely enough, some providers who's primary service ISN'T hosting can actually be more expensive than a company dedicated to hosting.

                cheers
                Sam
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          • Profile picture of the author samstephens
            Originally Posted by mun View Post

            Could you suggest some good hosting providers?
            I am planing to sign up with www.bluehost.com (not affiliate).

            They seem to offer a hell of a lot when it comes to space, bandwith and compatibilty and looking at their prices I feel that they are very competitive.
            Bluehost are pretty good, from what I've heard - the only drawback is they don't make it terribly easy to run IonCube encrypted scripts (which are VERY common, and getting more and more common as time ticks by).

            You can run them, you just need to set up your php.ini file manually. They include instructions, but it can be a little confusing unless you've got a lot of experience in that kind of thing.

            HostGator (Web Hosting, Reseller Hosting, and Dedicated Website Hosting w/ cPanel - HostGator - aff link, if that's okay!) are a similar spec host, but IonCube loaders are already installed.


            The mark of a GOOD host is when you have something wrong, they fix it.

            It sounds basic, but you may be suprised how many hosts out there will either ignore your request and blame it on something else, or will simply not understand what you're asking.

            cheers
            Sam
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          • Profile picture of the author Michael D
            Originally Posted by mun View Post

            Could you suggest some good hosting providers?
            I am planing to sign up with www.bluehost.com (not affiliate).

            They seem to offer a hell of a lot when it comes to space, bandwith and compatibilty and looking at their prices I feel that they are very competitive.
            I would stay away from BlueHost. They require you to pay the full amount up front if you don't want to pay a setup fee. Now, you can get a prorated refund but it seems to be a hassle. It would be better to go with a company that only charges you monthly in my opinion.
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      • Profile picture of the author sesantek
        Thanks for the tip
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