You are reading this article because you are looking for a good web hosting service. And of course you would like to get the best deal that you can afford. Choosing a web hosting service is a decision that is going to have long term effects, because you may use it to support your business for many months or even years.
In the modern age the PHP style of hosting a site is now very inexpensive and offers many benefits which will please a user.
Some important points will follow later but knowing a small amount about PHP would be good. There is no doubt PHP is a popular language, used for programming and capable of being placed into HTML. Some of the reasons for its popularity can be seen here:
a. It is free.
b. Easy to learn and use.
c. It is able to be considered a fully object orientated language
d. It is not tied to one platform.
e. It has a rapid pace on the Linux server and this can be used effectively in utilizing and constructing complex web applications.
f. It is a great tool for programmers of an advanced nature and is suitable to be used on web pages
g. PHP is able to be used successfully with MySQL.
There are many things to consider before choosing a PHP server host for your site. Be aware it can be difficult to get a decent PHP web host service. This is because a large number of firms just want to make money. They will not offer a complete service in their package and it is common to be without PHP for a few days. However, it is impossible to fix as you cannot contact the support, as often happens. You will be lucky if you find the right PHP host first time. This is because it can be easy to overlook a number of firms, including good ones.
These issues can make choosing the right PHP provider seem a scary task. However, there are guidelines to take to make the situation much easier.
A good PHP web hosting company will provide the following features:
a. Technical Stuff: It will provide you with all the technical applications you may need, like MySQL, PHP, Perl, Python, Cron, CGI etc. You may not know what all these mean, or what they are used for, but that’s all right, its good to have these stuff, as you may require them in future.
b. Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the volume of files (in gigabytes or megabits per second) that are transferred in and out of your server on a monthly basis – and ultimately determines the number of visitors that can view your website in any given month the more bandwidth, the more users. In this case a bandwidth of 75 GB is a good starting point; though many websites can use 1,000GB, 10,000 or more.
c. How much it should cost. Free does not always mean the best and low in price doesn’t equate to low in quality. It should be possible to get a satisfactory service for $10.
d. Statistics of web use. You would be surprised how important it is to have information regarding how many visits you have and who or what is linking to your site.
e. Script installers that were created with PHP web hosting in mind. Again, these are vital for many firms and need to be considered. This provision should be given to you by your provider at no extra charge to you. If a provider seeks a fee for this service, tell them that this will not be happening.
Next up are PHP host sites who offer free products and services. The price may seem great but there are sown points to them. As firms need to make money to survive, how can a company with no revenue stream last long? To bring money in, many offer advertisements to companies and place them on their users’ sites. These advertisements can be placed in the following formats
a. Banner based advertisements
b. Pop-up ads
c. Advertisements placed within new frames
There would be no control of these advertisements in your hands. This would be unacceptable for small and average sized firms. Also, examples exist of advertisements for a rival firm appearing on a companies own website. This is clearly a terrible state to be in. And as you are getting a free service, subsidized by these advertisements, there is little room to complain.
It is also true to say that free sites quite often crash. If the host caters for a great number of sites, this is likely to occur.
Furthermore PHP web site hosting companies, that are offering free services are generally not able to offer the range of features, that even a cheap web hosting company can.
These issues make it advisable to go for the paid option as opposed the free option. Paying a bit of money will be more than recouped by the extra features obtained.
To be fully focused on the best cheap service of web hosting, bear these issues in mind:
i. Attempt to balance the price of the service with the services. A cheaper option may lose you some services but can you live without them? If not, then you have to pay. If you can live without guaranteed uptime or support options, you could cut these out as long as you know what is vital for you.
ii. Cpanel is a feature that is useful for installing tools like blogs, discussion forums, shopping carts. It is also used for handling MySQL databases and support centers.
iii. Having access to support services. It is vital to always have a support service available. Who knows when a crisis may hit your firm and you need to be able to react.
iv. Disc space: The amount of disc space you require will depend upon the amount of information your site will be managing. However, it’s always better to have enough space keeping future requirements in mind.
v. Having a number of email accounts: If you are a business you need email accounts to be available and if your need is not met, don’t hesitate to go with a firm that does meet it. As there are so many rival firms, the power is with the buyer to go where best suits them.
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The harder part of your research comes now and it is seeking the companies which provide offers such as guaranteeing your money back if you are unhappy after 30 days or regarding uptime guarantees. These can be hard to find as they all cost money to promise. But seek them, because some firms are available to offer this, and with the advantages already mentioned above they can also offer a commendable service at a welcome price.
These ideas should be added to your own research to make a decision on who best to sign up with to meet your needs and budget.
Can you ever be sure you made the right choice? If you are happy with the cost, the uptime, how many email accounts you have, the level of support that is available to you, if you can have access to vital statistics and having the option of PHP and Windows, then yes, it is possible to be happy with your choice.
About the author: Matt Ewing is a professional web hosting admin and writer. Visit WebHostingMadness.com to read his reviews on the best hosting companies each month.