When you create a website for your business, you need to find a place to store your files. A web hosting company does this. A web host stores the web site you create on their servers and transmits it to the internet so that when someone types in your domain name, your web site appears. A server is just a fancy computer that “serves up” your web site to the internet. Therefore, before you go on to choose your web host there are certain things you have to consider.
When you choose a web host, make sure they have excellence support. When you have a problem with your website and needs help immediately, your web host should be able to provide the support. A good web host should be on 24/7. Though all of them boast of 24/7 support but not all of them are known for it. Some only work from Monday-Friday. Your web host should have a phone number that works 24/7 so that you can call them whenever you need their help. There should also be a fast response when you send them emails.
Amount of web space. Will your web host provide you with enough web space to accommodate your files? What if you need to expand, will it be possible to increase your web space? All these are necessary because you may have a website with a size of less than 5MB now and tomorrow you decide to more files that will increase the size. Your web host should have the capability to upgrade to your web space to any amount that you require.
Ftp access. This is necessary for you to upload your files. If you have a web host that does not offer this service for you, what do you do when you recreate your site or add more files? So it is very vital that your web host provide this service to you or at least provide an alternate means to upload your website with ease.
File type and size limitations. Watch out for these. Some free hosts impose a maximum size on each of the files you upload (including one with a low of 200KB). Other sites restrict the file types you can upload to HTML and GIF/JPG files. If your needs are different, eg, if you want to distribute your own programs on your pages, you will have to look elsewhere.
Control Panel. This is called various names by different hosts, but essentially, they all allow you to manage different aspects of your web account yourself. Typically, and at the very minimum, it should allow you to do things like add, delete, and manage your email addresses, and change passwords for your account. I would not go for a host where I have to go through their technical support each time I want to change a password or add/delete an email account. Such chores are common maintenance chores that every webmaster performs time and time again, and it would be a great hassle if you had to wait for their technical support to make the changes for you.