My son asked me today when I was complaining about the customer service at my current web host, what is web hosting?
The simple answer is the place that stores all your web files and folders. Think about that- ALL your files and folders. If you have an online company or service I am not sure why the most important thing is price. Yikes. I don’t buy cheap scrapbooks for my family photos and I don’t buy cheap hosting for my web sites. Notice I say CHEAP. Cheap and good value are not the same thing. You can get great value in a host- it may- or may not be cheap.
The best way to find a good , solid web hosting company is by asking other people who they use and their experience. This is the BEST way to find a web host for your web site. Word of mouth. Ask friends and colleagues- most people have an uber geek friend who knows something about something…
Don’t get a fly by night company and don’t use your 13 year old nephew’s Linux server in the basement that he is giving out for free. Price will matter ALOT of something bad happens- and you lose a database or your site. Don’t forget a host company more often than not is also responsible for your MySQL databases and email service.
Look for longevity, how easy they will be get a hold of if something goes wring ( a PHONE number and not just an email or online support FAQ), cost, flexibility and service packages. Do they back up their servers regularity? What is their down time
All of these factors are what you should be looking at – and not just cost.