Web Hosting Provider
Your choice of Web Hosting Provider is a pretty technical choice. Web hosting plans are
tech products that do different jobs. You wouldn’t haul gravel with a sports car, or
compete at racing in a station wagon, or drive the kids to school in a dump truck. And
just as manufacturers specialize with different customer needs, so do web hosting
Why do you need a web hosting provider? For one, they’re the people who ”rent you the
lot” which your website sits on. Like building a home, you need the land and the
structure; or in this case, you need space from a web hosting provider, and a website to
”I’ve got this friend,” you say? If you know a techie who’s offering to host a website
for you, an experienced web hosting provider may (or may not) provide better service.
Only you can judge how confident and competent this acquaintance is, compared to a
professional hosting provider.
For that matter, your tech buddy might plan your family planning site or church website,
to be an offshoot of his own site, which might specialize in fart jokes and gross-out
photos! You get what you pay for, and, sometimes, you pay for what you get.
Why research web hosting providers before you buy? As I mentioned at the beginning,
different hosting providers will specialize in different types of web hosting plans. Some
focus on business-class customers, some specialize even further to deal mainly in VPS or
dedicated plans. These hosts will often charge more for the cheaper plans, because they
honestly don’t want the lower-budget classes of customer.
Most reputable hosts, however, are also big hosts. The bigger, more-established web
hosting provider will have plans to suit every type of need, and competitive prices for
When you comparison-shop, you’ll undoubtedly run across offers from companies we haven’t
reviewed here. No matter where you get your web hosting provider reviews, information
from satisfied (or angry) customers are a key source of guidance.
Considering the time and effort it takes to set-up, and then later migrate, your website,
it’s worth a few hours of research. With lesser-known companies, it’s best to avoid
problems by researching a web hosting provider’s reputation before buying from them. This
is especially true for companies who treat the types of web hosting service you really
need, with secondary emphasis.
What to expect from web hosting providers: All hosts will give you some level of customer
service, hopefully both via phone and email. If you can’t easily find contact
information, it’s probably deliberate. You will always get relatively better service from
a relatively more-expensive service plan. The range goes from ”we’ll blow-off your email
in a couple of days,” to 24/7 availability from friendly and savvy support staff.
See our other articles for more on what to expect, based on what type of web hosting plan