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5 Steps to Find Your Future Hosting Provider!

There are tons of benefits in having a reliable hosting partner in the online world. Maybe just as many as the risks you take when you rush your decision and choose based on all the wrong reasons. If you are expecting a way to find cheap hosts or one of those “best” hosts then this is probably not your read.

This actually amazes me to this day – how does one define “best”? One man’s garbage can be another man’s treasure after all, right? What works well for you might work terrible for the next person.

Still, people seem to like generalizations, so for the sake of the argument I will still show you how to choose the best hosting provider…the best FOR YOU that is!

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1 -> Know your needs

Every new business should start with a business plan. It’s importance cannot be stressed enough as it not only gives you a detailed outlook on what you need to do for your project to take off, but also encompasses important info you will need down the line.

An easy example would be budgeting – one of the often missed requirement when looking for a new host. Forget about mysterious requests like “cheap” or “affordable”. Know your budget so you can work out adequate limits and search within them. This way you will avoid spending too much to begin with or ending up with a super cheap service that will almost certainly give you quality equal to their prices.

2 -> Seek professional advice

I am not talking about hiring someone to walk you through the process but to check reputable places where professionals meet, discuss, help others. One place that I can always recommend are the WebHostingTalk forums. A great place where potential prospects meet with a lot of providers and other clients in the quest of improving the whole industry.

There are a number of other hosting blogs that offer reviews and case studies of various hosts. Do not mistake those for sponsored review websites as those will just bring you results based on whoever paid the high commission.

Good thing they are fairly easy to spot – almost all list one and the same hosts as “best” so similar names will pop up. A professional advice will be based on facts about YOUR project and the specific requirements it might have.

3 -> Make Shortlist

Shortlists are your friend. They will help you better compare hosts and will keep you from getting overwhelmed with all the names out there. Hosting is a very saturated market nowadays so there are literally hundreds and hundreds of companies that are fighting for a piece of the pie.

Don’t feel the need to jump with the first provider that seem decent for your website plans. Choose down a few that meet them and seem to have a mainly positive reputation around the web.

4 -> Test Support

Realistically speaking many of the factors that are important for your website  (speed, uptime, reliability) cannot be tested before trying a provider out. What can be tested though is the level of assistance you should expect to receive.

Now I know some say the best support is the one you never need to contact, but lets face it – sooner or later something unexpected WILL happen and you have to know that you have knowledgeable and experienced people to count on.

Seeing that nowadays the majority of hosts advertise 24/7 support across multiple communication channels one might think that its a somehow level playing field.

Wrong!

For one reason or another many companies are still neglecting this aspect of their service which opens the niche for more client-oriented hosts, like WebHostFace. Personal support that treats you like a king still exists, you just need to go out there and find it.

Having a shortlist you can easily spend a little time to test each host. Just contact them via Live Chat or phone and see how they do their business. Prepare a set of questions which are detrimental for the smooth operation of your project and see if you will get clear and useful answers.

A key trick to look for is if the operator on the other side is constantly telling you what they can do for you and how you will benefit. An interested one will ask questions to first understand your needs before trying to satisfy them.

5 -> Rinse and Repeat

Sometimes your shortlisted hosts might fail the test but don’t get discouraged you are on Square 1 again. You now have a tested tactic and you will have gained the confidence and experience to execute it again until you find what you are looking for.

In any ways, don’t underestimate or try to rush this process. Choosing a hosting provider can be the difference between your business profiting or meeting its untimely demise. Hope this guide gave you a few ideas and your next choice will be your last choice.


Radoslav ChakarovThis post was submitted by Radoslav Chakarov.
Sales and Marketing Executive at WebHostFace
Forums, social media, and internet marketing are not just a job for Radoslav, but his hobbies. He also enjoys nature, fresh air, and live music

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 21 comments
Saurabh - August 4, 2015

You’d actually be surprised but bandwidth exhaustion is rarely a problem for bloggers .

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preeti - June 30, 2015

Hello Enstine Sir,
Thanks for Sharing Great Articles About Hosting . Web hosting is the base where all start so it’s a vital element for us .

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Sarah Park - June 27, 2015

I guess this blog about 5 Steps to Find Your Future Hosting Provider would be really helpful and inspiring too. Great share!

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Nitin - June 27, 2015

Once again an interesting article found on web about Hosting. As, it is necessary to choose the hosting provide wisely to keep ourselves free from upcoming loss due to poor hosting.
Undoubtely a great article shared on web.

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Akaahan Terungwa - June 26, 2015

Hi Radoslav,

Welcome to Enstine’s blog.

You have a super interesting post here that is supremely difficult for anyone to resist…afterall, we all need hosting. Don’t we?

I so love the way the post is rendered – instead of outrightly advertising one host or the other, you have given a “template” or “blueprint” to selecting an ideal host; a template which all persons who have need for a host can actually deploy – intelligently.

I’ll be sharing your post…and as I do so, make certain that the day is great at your end.

Always,
Akaahan Terungwa

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    Rado - June 28, 2015

    Hey Akaahan,

    Thanks for the kind words my friend, this was the exact reason for the post in the first place – giving a comprehensive and helpful guide that any online business can take advantage of. Hopefully it will help many 🙂

    Regards, Rado

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Brent Jones - June 24, 2015

Hey Rado – fancy seeing you over here! I was about to leave a comment saying, “Hey! Everyone switch to WebHostFace!” but it looks like you covered that in your post. 🙂

Enstine, good on you for having Rado over here.

Gosh, your bio sounds so familiar, doesn’t it? lol

Seriously, love what you guys do over at WHF – and great post, as always. 🙂

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    Rado - June 25, 2015

    Hey Brent,

    Think of me as the hosting ambassador of the World – just can’t get enough of helping others in the quest for good hosting 😉

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honey - June 23, 2015

its very impoertant to choose hosting provider wisely as they help us to build good authority and your guide gives me idea with correct hosting provider.

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SAMEX4RILL - June 23, 2015

Knowing your needs and seeking professional advice is what I’d also recommend.

there are some popular hosting company that couldn’t manage huge and massive traffic which is bad for huge websites, forum or blogs.

I believe you don’t wanna start seeing bandwidth usage exhaust every month. its bad for website growth. but knowing the amount and capacity of traffic you have and that of your host will guide you through choosing the best hosting company for your blog.

seeking out professionals while choosing and selecting a hosting company is also something of note.

some hosting company do provide good service at the first 3 or 4 months to their customers but after a while they just downgrade their services and asking customers to upgrade their plan. that’s fraud, but if you’ve contacted a pro earlier about that particular company, its possible he/she have an idea about how that company operates.

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    Rado - June 25, 2015

    You’d actually be surprised but bandwidth exhaustion is rarely a problem for bloggers. Especially today hosts have numerous ways to allocate extra traffic if needed and this is why they often offer “Unmetered Bandwidth” (note, not Unlimited)! Different provider have different limitations on a Shared account and CPU, RAM and I/O usage are just some of the more common culprits for reaching them. 🙂

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Sherman Smith - June 23, 2015

Hey Randoslav,

This is a very important part if your online journey. Choosing the right host for your needs will definitely differentiate between price and cost which is a great line from Zig Ziglar. The price may be great but how much is it going to cost you?

I really like when you said an interested one will ask questions to first understand your needs before satisfying them. This is very true and this is characteristic of a great salesman as well as a great company.

Thanks for the checklist on finding great host companies! Have a great week!

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    Rado - June 25, 2015

    Hey Sherman,

    Very true my friend, research might take a little more time but at the end of the day it will probably save you a lot more in the long run. Switching between hosts constantly and having downtimes for various reasons will only drive potential prospects away. A good research can cover you for years 🙂

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M-Minhaj - June 23, 2015

Hi Radoslav,
Yes, choosing the right web host is very important especially for bloggers!
And Shortlists are really our friend help us to better compare hosts what we want.
Anyway, thanks for sharing your great article with us and also for recommending the WebHostingTalk forums!

Would love to know more from you. Keep it up bro!

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    Rado - June 25, 2015

    Thanks M-Minhaj,

    Hope to see you around the forums soon, tons of useful stuff there 🙂
    Of course I am always glad to help 🙂

    Regards, Rado

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Pallab Kayal - June 22, 2015

Hello Enstine Sir,
This is first comment on your blog. Web hosting is the base where all start so it’s a vital element for us. Customer support is very crucial along with cost. That’s why I’m very happy with my current host so far.

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    Enstine Muki - June 22, 2015

    Welcome Pallab,
    I feel really great that you are here and thanks for taking the time to drop a comment.

    I’m sure Rado will soon be here to respond to you 😉

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    Rado - June 22, 2015

    Hey Pallab,

    Glad you liked it and that you have a reliable host by your side. I will be glad to answer any related questions in the quest of helping people with their online projects 🙂

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Chioma Anozie - June 22, 2015

Hi Radoslav Chakarov,

Great article. You are right about the importance of choosing the right web host. It can mean the difference between a profitable blog and an abandoned blog project. Many newbie bloggers don’t appreciate how serious it is to chose the right web host and thus jump into it, picking any web host just so they can have a website.

I always advise people to seek expert advise before they jump into unfamiliar waters. The same applies to choosing a web host. If you are not familiar with web hosting, its always best to ask established bloggers so they can guide you and prevent disastrous mistakes.

Another thing I always make sure of before choosing any service is ‘how good the tech support is’. You are right when you said, issues do come up. At such times, having a terrible tech support at your disposal can make a bad day worse.

Thanks for sharing, Radoslav Chakarov.

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    Rado - June 22, 2015

    Hey Chioma and glad you like my guide.
    Experience is key and most people that can tell a good from a bad host today have all been burned in the past. Sharing our knowledge will hopefully help others make good choices instead of experimenting which might prove to be a costly endeavor.

    Best of luck 🙂

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Emebu - June 22, 2015

Hi Radoslav,

Good to see you here with an awesome tutorial on steps to Find Your Future Hosting Provider, your 5 points are very correct, it is very crucial that we observe these steps before picking a host for our site.

Three days ago, because of not too good hosting, i ran into a challenge and it took the experience of Enstine to save the day for me.

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