There are literally billions of internet users around the world-approaching close to 3.5 billion, according to 2016 data from Internet Live Stats. All those users are out on the web searching for different things at various times. If you have a website, then inevitably you’ll find a host of new visitors checking out what you have to offer. If you don’t have a site, then now might be great time to put one together and join the legions of Americans who have discovered it’s a great way to advertise their products and services or show off their knowledge about a given topic.

One thing that may be stopping you is the issue of how exactly to put a site together. More specifically, since you already know you need “stuff,” otherwise known as content, you mostly need to know how to get a site up on the internet and active. Most people feel like a fish out of water discussing such technical things, and are afraid to even admit that they don’t even know where to begin. A great place to begin is with a web hosting provider.

A web hosting provider simply is responsible for doing all the work of getting your site up and keeping it there. You really don’t have to wonder how it’s all done from a technical standpoint. The provider has got you covered. Just like you don’t need to be a mechanic to understand how your car works, you don’t need to be tech-savvy to understand how sites operate.

Choosing a good web host isn’t complicated at all. If your criteria includes at least the following two elements, you’ll be able to choose a host with confidence.

Priced in Harmony with the Services

Everyone has a budget that they want to keep to when picking a web hosting provider. That’s understandable. There are web hosts that are very price and there are those that are on the low end of the price spectrum. If you talk to your friends who have sites, more than likely they’ll tell you that they have what’s called a shared web hosting service. That means, their site is being shared with maybe thousands of other sites on one web server. You may ask whether that’s a good idea, and the answer is yes. In fact, the shared web hosting service is extremely popular. Site owners get everything they need in terms of available bandwidth and space, and there’s generally no issue that impedes their site’s performance that can’t be fixed relatively swiftly. The most important aspect of the shared web hosting service, though, is the price: it’s extremely affordable. That’s what people really love about it. When you can pay only a few dollars a month for a service that will host your site, you really can’t complain.

Other web hosting services cost a lot more because they give you more. A dedicated web hosting service will ensure your domain is the only one on a given web server; no one else is there to “bug” you. It’s like stepping into your own elevator; no one’s there to select other floors to possibly delay you and no one’s there to sneeze or do something annoying that could ruin your day. For this luxury of having a “private server” you’ll pay for it, much more than for a shared web hosting service. The plus is you’ll have more bandwidth and other technical features that users of other web hosting services don’t.

High Availability to Avoid Ticking Off Visitors

You don’t need to be Bill Gates to understand that one of the most important features to have in a good web hosting service is high availability. You want your site up and running all the time. It’s as simple as that; it’s no different from expecting your mechanic to keep your car in top shape so that it runs perfectly with no problems. Because availability is so vital, you want to ask around about which services are great at offering this. Ask co-workers, friends and family members for advice. Odds are somebody can give you great suggestions on the best services that’ll cut your search time in half.

When you find a web hosting provider, ask them about what they guarantee as far as uptime for sites. Also, and this is important, ask them about how easy it will be to reach them when there’s trouble on the site that needs immediate help. You want to have as many avenues as humanly possible to reach one of your hosting service’s tech support experts at your moment of need, not hours or days later—and you want to be able to call and get someone on the phone right away, not after a lengthy period of time on hold or waiting for someone to pick up.

Summary

You’ll have an overabundance of hosting options to pick from. When you check out these options online, you’ll see tons of information, some you’ll understand and some you may not. You don’t need a computer science degree to understand the fundamentals of what you want in a good web host, namely a good price for the services and features you’re interested in and a guarantee that your site will be up as close to 100 percent of the time as possible, and if it’s not for whatever reason, then you’ll be able to have someone responsive immediately troubleshoot the problem.

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