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5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Hosting Service

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How critical it is for you to make a proper choice of the hosting company, is substantiated by the fact that the right hosting company can provide you with web hosting, email service, web back-ups, and domain name registration.  There are some hosting companies that even offer you basic website design packages.  You should be careful when choosing the right hosting services. Follow the five things to consider when choosing a hosting service, and you could hardly go wrong.

Domain And Sub Domain

No sooner you start one site, you are endeavoring to start on another, and it would be highly inconvenient if you had to manage a hosting account for each site. Therefore, you should make sure that your hosting company supplies you with a multiple domains that accommodate you conveniently in respect of the number of domains required by you.  Use the features on the admin panel where you will find a section for adding your domain and choosing, which sub- folder each one will point to. It is the same with sub-domains.

Email Account And Features

Many hosting sites will offer you email accounts for your domain.  Find out how many email accounts you will be allowed to have.  Check out their selections for receiving that mail.  Check to see if they have a multiple web mail interface.  Are they integrated with Google Apps? Can you get your mail to your client through IMAP or POP?

Technical Support

This is one of the most important things that you will need from the hosting company.  Will they be able to provide you with live advice even during non-working hours?  How good is their support in the normal hours? How soon will they respond when you need to help?  Would all your queries be taken up by the automatic device? Can they provide you with a library of help articles along with tutorials? Choose one that can give you the best technical support.

Servers And Support

Your host should be able to provide you with the server on the location where you target your audience. If your targeted audience is in UK, and you are forced to use a server in the USA you will find it difficult. Therefore, make sure that you buy a server at the place you target your audience. This will give you an upper hand on your competitors. You should also make sure that the hosting company will give you good support. This will help prevent long down times of your site.


Search out a hosting company that has been in existence for more than three years. There are myriads of hosting companies that have just sprung up, and you can never be certain if they will be available when you need them.  The company with a longer life will also have more experience, which will be an added advantage. One of favorite hosting service is Hostgator and should be really recommended for those that are looking for a good place to host their website. Check with some of the customers.  This will help you to decide if the hosting company has a good record.


Bogdan is the founder of Top Design Magazine. You can find him in Bucharest-Romania so next time you want to drink a beer there and talk about web and stuff, give him a message.