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Affordable Web Hosting - A primer for the new webmaster
How do you find a web hosting plan that will meet your needs and still be cost effective? Not all web hosting plans are created equally, and as such you will need to consider these issues before making your choice on web hosting.
Price is more often than not the most important consideration. If you are new to web hosting and just setting up a new site you more than likely don't have the extra capital to spend on web hosting, so you will want the most return on your investment. Compare the following characteristics across several providers to ensure you are getting the most for your money.
What amount of traffic allowance (bandwidth) do the plans you are considering offer? Some of the more affordable plans on the market offer a considerable amount of traffic compared to higher priced plans, be sure to allow for your sites traffic to grow when making your choice, you don't want to be upgrading your plan the moment the traffic to your site increases, all it can take is for another internet user to link to your website from another high traffic website to cause a massive influx of visitors.
What amount of disk space (storage) do the plans you are considering offer? Don't lock yourself into a plan that does not cover what disk space you may need in the future. Many affordable web hosting providers offer a good amount of disk space that should cover your needs well into the future if you choose the correct plan.
Do they have a good service record? Is the host you are considering reliable, are they down a lot, or very rarely? This is an important factor when choosing a hosting provider, nothing discourages visitors to your site more than a "this page is currently unavailable" message, that message could be a potential lost sale if your website is business oriented. Of course you will need to expect some downtime, every host needs to perform maintenance on their servers from time to time, but look for hosts that offer uptime guarantees.
Traffic statistics! You will want to be able to access these, initially you may not think traffic statistics are very important, but over time they can become useful tool, you can use these statistics to analyse the traffic coming to your site, from this analysis you can better direct your advertising budget, and learn how to grow your traffic. Many of the affordable web hosting providers supply traffic reporting features, be sure to choose a provider that offers this feature.
There are many more features that you may find useful on offer from web hosting providers such as domain registration, if the provider offers domain registration and renewal it is a good idea to take up the offer, this eliminates one of the resposibilities of maintaining a web site.
There are many outstanding affordable web hosting providers on the internet all after your business, with the above information you should be able to make a wise choice on your web hosting provider.
About the Author: David J. Smith writes about Dreamhost and other prominent hosts at Webhost-Advisor.com