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Hosting companies are not created equal. How to pick the right one.
If you're reading through this discussion there's a good chance that you're looking for your next favorite hosting company. Most of us have our favorites, but your favorite hosting company may not be the same as mine, and vice versa. What all hosting companies have in common, besides hosting plans, is that they all claim to be the best and have 99.9% uptime. They will all claim to do everything perfect, but in reality there are a lot that just fall short of your expectations. When it comes to hosting plans for your new website, it's best to shop around before you make a decision.3 tips on how to pick the right hosting company
1. Look for reviews and testimonials
Below I'm going to go over a couple tips on how to choose the best hosting plan for you. Now your choice may be much different than the ones I like, but your specifications could be vastly different, so I'm not going to get into each companies specifics and I'm just going to give you pointers on what to look for when searching
When it comes to hosting companies, they'll likely have or have had a lot of clients who left reviews and testimonials. I try to avoid reading these on the companies website because they could be fabricated just to get you to sign up. Your best bet is to do a basic Google search for something like "(hosting companies website) reviews" and you'll usually get a good list of where people have left all kinds of reviews. You'll see review platforms, personal blog posts, forum posts, etc. and you can get a good understanding of what the company is like before you ever contact them for your own needs.
2. Look for Hosting Coupons
When you finally figure out a list of 3 to 5 hosting companies that you're interested in, you'll want to start searching for coupons in order to get a cheaper plan. There are plenty of platforms out there that will list hosting coupons for anyone to use and you can also search marketing forums where the hosting company may have a sales thread posted. I personally like doing a search for "(hosting company) coupons" and I can find forum threads which were posted. Usually these threads will have some sort of discount code attached with the link on the post and all you'll have to do is click on it to forwarded to a unique page just for sign ups from that forum. The great thing about this is that they usually don't ask for your username and you can just sign up at the reduced price
3. Make sure it's compatible with your needs
A lot of times someone will have a big 'ol fancy script written up for their website and it won't be compaitble with the hosting they're about to sign up for. I've ran into this a couple times in the past because I had a social platform with tons of code within it and I couldn't get it on the hosting platform that I wanted because of it's size and the server wasn't compatible.
To be 100% sure that your hosting company is compatible, you can simply ask them through their contact us form or support a ticket. You may have to register in order to submit a ticket, and in that case you should just email them
When your website has a lot of programming with PHP, ASP or something along those lines you'll want to be extremely sure that the hosting plan you're looking to start with can hold your scripts. If it can't, you just wasted money for a month of hosting. If the company is nice they will usually switch you over to something that is compatible, but there's no guarantee
It can be difficult to choose the right hosting company since there are hundreds to choose from just by doing a basic search for "Hosting Company". You should get recommendations from friends or browse around marketing forums to see what people are saying, they usually know what they're talking about. Be sure that everything is compatible with your websites code just so you don't run into any headaches later on.
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