Common Mistakes When Choosing Web Hosts

Choosing a good web host is essential in order for your web site to work properly. Once you have the web site created, all pages work correctly, and you have the content ready, it's time to publish you work on the Internet.

Web hosts provide you with everything you need to get started: physical storage space on remote servers, bandwidth for traffic, a domain name associated with your web site, email addresses, sub-domains, FTP accounts, administrative tools like CPanel, content encryption and security, SPAM filters, and much more.

In order for your web site to work at its full potential, web hosts need to be powerful enough and flexible enough to support all the operations you want to execute. Security, backup capabilities, storage space, bandwidth allocation, all of these aspects need to be taken into consideration.

It's useless to have a very fast web site, if it's not secure, it useless to have a very secure web site if it's slow, it's useless to have hundreds of GB of space if you have very low bandwidth, and so on. A balance needs to be found in order for things to go as planned.

Common mistakes usually are the result of one or more of these aspects being neglected.

It's not rare to find a web site that has allot of users, high bandwidth, lots of storage space, but runs at a snail's pace, or a web site that runs very fast, has allot of content, but very limited bandwidth. In this last case, the speed and storage capacity are completely useless if a user cannot download the sufficient amount of data.

When looking for a good web host, you need to first understand the necessities of your own web site. You need to think, what exactly is it that your web site needs in order to run properly. If you have a content rich site, you need a combination of bandwidth and storage space, if you have sensitive information, you need security, if you have a presentation or graphic rich web site you need bandwidth and speed, and so on.

The requirements for web sites always depend on each individual web site. A universal rule though would be to always choose a web host with a good back-up plan, a good security plan, good administration features, and a good 24/7 service and support hot-line.

Do not be fooled by free web hosts. While their services are free, most of them put banners or ads in all your pages, which you cannot remove. Also, since you don't pay anything, your needs will always be put in second place, behind the needs of paying customers. That means unreliable support service, bad speed, reduced bandwidth, possibly faulty security and so on.

Free web site hosts, and even low cost paid hosts, should be avoided. Since they offer service so cheaply, there always is a catch, and instead of finding out what that catch is at the cost of losing important data or having a faulty web site, it would be wiser to invest more money in a reliable solution. You can always make money through ads or product selling if you have an online business, and replace the money you spend on web hosting. But the idea remains either way: don't compromise on web hosting services, this is the single most common and dangerous mistake you can make.