How to pick a web host
It is important to select a reliable and appropriate web hosting service provider before going online, especially if you are launching a business website. In addition to making your website available to others, hosts also provide services related to managing the servers and its software, support, bandwidth, speed, etc.
Free web hosting comes with a cost
The bandwidth allowance (also called “traffic” or “data transfer”) is the number of bytes required to transmit your content to all of your visitors. Is there enough space for your needs on the hosting plan? The typical bandwidth requirements for a website are less than 3 gigabytes per month for sites that don’t have video or music. If you expect rapid future growth, or if your needs include video, sound, etc., then you may want to consider a paid hosting service.
If you’re thinking about using a free host, think first about how big your site is and how many daily visitors you expect. Many free web hosts limit the amount of traffic your website can receive on a daily or monthly basis. If your content contains images or videos that attract more visitors than the “agreed” amount per day/week/month , the host is within its rights to disable your website for breach of contract – or send you a bill.
When using free hosting providers, you should be aware that many impose a file size limit on your uploads. With a paid host you can load larger file sizes if you want to distribute software or high-resolution images.
To pay for the costs of providing your website with free web space, some free hosts impose advertising on your website. The majority of users dislike banner ads and pop-ups. Advertisements on websites are generally perceived as low quality and even spammy, which is immediately off-putting. Be sure to read the fine print before you sign up to see if you will be required to display advertisements in exchange for free hostin
Make sure your host gives you room to expand your site. A lot of new sites are hosted on shared hosting nowadays, which is quite powerful. As a website grows over time, you might need to consider a more powerful server (virtual private or dedicated, for example). Ensure the host has an upgrade plan that is suitable and that the upgrade process is as simple as possible.