When you are looking for the right type of web hosting for your page, you need to do your homework several days (or even weeks) before you sign up. This is to make sure that you have thought about the package offered to you and that you have checked your other options, too.
To help you with your research, here are some tips on how you can find that good hosting partner and then proceed to creating your hosting account.
Do some research?
Signing up for an account is easy, you just need to register or login to the site and then pay the necessary dues. But before you do that, you have to be super sure that this is the package that you want. Normally, hosting packages last at least 12 months (although there are some whose contracts are just 6 months short).
- The type of hosting you need. Are you going to be content with a shared hosting solution? Or does your site need a dedicated server? Dedicated servers are for high traffic sites (those that anticipate 5-digit users on a daily basis that view, upload and even message people on your site, constantly).
- The type of features that you need. Do you need a shopping cart plugin? How much security is needed?
- Will you be using WordPress?
Identify your price range
Your next step is to know your monthly budget for hosting. You need to settle with a price where you are very comfortable paying for it. There are other costs associated with web hosting (your domain, your plugins and tools, ads etc.) so you need to make sure that you are not pushing your wallet when it comes to hosting.
Check for freebies
One way to find out if you are happy with your budget is to try to get as much freebies as you can. Examples of some typical web hosting freebies are
- Free domain for a year (although some provide a domain for as long as you are with them)
- Money back guarantees (some 30, 45, 60, 90 or anytime money back guarantees)
- Free tools
- Free ad credits from Google, Bing, Yahoo and/or Facebook
Just make sure that you read the terms and conditions associated with these freebies. Like what we have in the next section.
Read through the fine print
The fine print with every promo is really important. Some common places of misleading fine prints are:
- The monthly fee. Some drop the first couple of months after signing up to a really low fee, like under $3 per month but after a few months, your monthly fee balloons to something like $7 or $8 a month
- Money back guarantees. What are the conditions that would warrant a refund?
- Free ad credits – how much of it is free? Free upon sign up or after a certain number of conditions?
Do not take the information in the hosting site for granted. If you see asterisks (*) next to terms, look for the conditions why that term was marked. Understand what goes into every promo and then compute how much initial payment you need to make in order to successfully sign up for the hosting package.