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 present times, PHP web hosting has become very cheap and offers a host of benefits which make it very attractive.
Before moving on with the main issue, a little information about PHP would be helpful. It is a very popular server side programming language that can be embedded into HTML. Its popularity has been aided by the following features:
a. It has no charge.
b. It can be used easily and with little trouble
c. It is able to be considered a fully object orientated language
d. It can be used on a variety of platforms
e. Its speed on the Linux server makes it very effective in building complex, and large web applications.
f. It allows advanced programming and is very easy to integrate with web pages.
g. PHP also integrates very nicely with MYSQL.
Before receiving the PHP service to host a web site, first you must take many issues onboard. Firstly, and especially, it can be difficult to get a good PHP service for hosting web sites. The majority of web hosting companies are in the matter for a fast return on their money. They do not want to offer a full service, so it is common to be without PHP for 2-3 days. Equally, you can do nothing about this as support was unavailable, which is often the case. Finding the right PHP host solution can take many attempts to find the best solution. A reason in this is that not all the firms are commonly known or discussed.
These factors make selecting the best PHP provider a very hard task. However, it is possible to find some advice to follow.
A PHP provider you can trust will offer these issues:
a. Issues of a technical nature. Applications such as MySQL, Perl,PHP, Cron, Python, or CGI should be provided to you. These things may not mean a lot to you but it is good to have them, so don’t worry about them.
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. Web Statistics: Getting accurate web statistics like the amount of traffic your web site is getting, and the sites that are linking to you, are information that you need to have.
e. PHP web hosting script installers: These are among the essential features to be included in your PHP hosting search. One should get a PHP web host script installation pack, at no extra cost from the service provider. You should be wary of providers that ask you to pay extra money for PHP web host script installation pack. On such application is “Fantastico”, which comes free with cPanel in most cases.
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
b. Pop-up adverts appearing on screen
c. Frames including advertisements
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.
Also, with no other source of income, the host may be unable to offer even the minimum of services, even less than a very low cost provider.
Keeping the above in mind, it is a better idea to go for a paid but affordable web hosting service rather than a free one. The extra benefits offered by the paid services would easily make-up for the few dollars a month that they cost.
In order to zero in on the right cheap web hosting service, you will have to keep the following things in mind:
i. Try to strike a balance between benefits and cost. Choosing the cheap option will mean some sacrifices which could include uptime, help desk services or perhaps security issues. You will need to know what is most important for you.
ii. Many websites choose to run blogs, shopping carts or forums. If you want to offer these, then installation tools are vital and this is where Cpanel is required. Cpanel is perfect for working with MySQL databases and providing support centers.
iii. Services of support: 24/7 has to be your requirement. You can never predict a crisis so having this support is vital.
iv. Available space on the disc: Depending on how much content will be on your site, how much disc room you will require will alter greatly. It is also good to consider future development when planning how much disc space to have.
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.
There is always more research to be done and it still matters at this stage. You should look for firms providing offers. Does a firm with 30 day money back guarantee sound appealing to you? Would you be more interested in a firm that provides a guarantee of uptime? These firms are not always easy to find as they all require a level of money to make these promises. However they are available and if you can find them, they could be a good reason for choosing that firm.
You should supplement the above pointers, with your own research before you sign-up with a company that satisfies your requirements and is in your price range.
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.