While surfing the web one can find an immense amount of web hosting companies putting forward several hosting plans. But a user should keep in mind certain things before purchasing any one of them. These certain things are: reliability of the company, space provided by them, and can they match the requirement of the user.
Nothing is more important then reliability while searching for a web host. The host should assure at least 99% uptime to the user. If host is undependable, the sufferer will be client with losing the traffic at regular interval. One can check reliability of a particular host by going through reviews of people for that particular company. A user can easily accomplish it by going to different search engines. If opinions are positive about uptime then one can consider that particular host a dependable one, but one cannot come to actual conclusion without confirming it by own.
Another centered aspect is disk space. How can a user know about the actual amount of disk space required by him/her to fulfill the task? If one talk about a basic user his/her web site will be less than 7MB. If a user does not have a lot of workload then ample amount space is not a criterion. But, if one talk about the webmasters having huge sites and incorporating video, audio and large graphics in their site then enormous amount of space is demanded thing. Paying for space not in use is not a worth while deal. Thus if one requires more space he/she should search and check if the host offers an upgraded plan for him/her or not.
What can be the ideal amount of bandwidth for a particular user? For a beginner, not receiving an ample amount of traffic the basic bandwidth is quite sufficient, but using video, audio, and larger graphics demands bandwidth. One should start with the basic bandwidth and upgrade it as per requirement.
One should also keep in mind the features required while selecting a web host. These features can be –is there any requirement for the server side scripting like PHP, JSP, ASP or any other scripting language that the user want to use in his/her program or the user should check if he/she wants to use these with his/her web site. In addition one most important feature is CPanel, which the user must check in advance as well as it offers a user interface to applications on the server, such as setting up FTP, email, etc.
Thus one must act wisely while selecting a web host.