Whether you are a large business, small business or an individual, getting the right Web Hosting package which suits your needs can be tricky task. Today, having a website on the internet reflects so much on an individual or business and web hosting will play an important role in delivering your information quickly, safely and efficiently without any down time. You will need a web host which is reliable and takes their part in hosting your website responsibly and seriously. If you are new to the process of choosing a web hosting provider or setting up a website you maybe asking yourself “where do I start!” Well, here are a few things you should ask yourself and your web hosting provider, helping you choose the correct package to suit your needs.

What do you want to achieve on the web?

Start off by asking yourself what you want to achieve on the web, what type of website are you going to have built, are you thinking of creating a small website of 3 or 4 pages, a brochure site, a blog, a large ecommerce for example? The next step is to consider if your website is likely to grow in size, either by adding more pages or content, the more content you have the more web space you will need. How much traffic do you expect to visit your site? if you are expecting quite a lot of visitors/traffic then you will need a high bandwidth. Do you require multiple email accounts? Most hosting packages now offer email accounts as a part your hosting, ask your hosting provider how many mailboxes they offer with each package.

What Hosting Packages do they offer?

Find out what hosting options they have to offer, Some hosting companies only specialise in one kind of hosting, either shared or dedicated hosting but most companies now offer a good range of both. All reputable web hosts offer excellent entry-level basic web hosting packages which are really good value for money and start for as little as £19.99 per month. These are usually on shared servers and have a limit on the bandwidth available, although many of the top hosting companies are now offering unlimited bandwidth with these types of hosting packages. Remember it is always better to choose a company who offers a range of different services just in case your requirements change in the future.

How feature rich are they? Do they offer 1 Click Install for WordPress, Drupal, Joomla?

All good hosting providers should now be giving away lots of great free features with their hosting packages, check if they are offering one click install scripts such as:

WordPress – a popular open source blogging platform, perfect for both commercial and personal use
Joomla – a user-friendly content management system with a huge range of features ready to use
Drupal – a highly customisable content management system, and other freebies such as royalty free images, clip art, flash banners, web art etc

Can you easily upgrade or migrate Hosting Packages?

It is likely that your hosting requirements will change in the future, and having to change your web hosting provider just because your require a larger hosting package is very frustrating. Ask your web host if they provide the option to upgrade your web hosting package easily. Your web host should offer an easy to use control panel where this can be done with little hassle. Your web host should also be able to assist you when upgrading your web hosting account, and should guide you in choosing the correct package for your needs.