12 web hosting tips you should know

A web hosting company is where you buy space to hold your website’s  content and to buy your domain name. There is no such thing as THE right web host that fits all, it is all a matter of preference in combination with the physic location of their servers. While most small businesses  can go with a shared server (you share he same server with multiple other hosting clients), most bigger companies prefer a dedicated server or just buy their own server. After signing up with a web host, your contract will be at least for a year. You don’t want your website to be hosted on a slow server and you want to have excellent customer service in the occasion something goes wrong. Doing proper research is a must. 12 tips for finding the right web host for your company website:

1. Real web hosting user reviews

– Search for User Reviews of the web host on any website but their own. Watch out for fake reviews! Some review sites: Hosting Facts / PCmag / Web Hosting Review / WebHosting Secret Reviewed / CNET / WebHostDirectory / web hosting GEEKS / Hosting Review / Consumer rankings

2. Compare prices and services.

There are huge differences in provided services. Catch: some (read: a lot of) providers offer a deal on their website. This deal is mostly for the first payment term only. After the first term, the monthly service fee might double or triple! Read the small print, very important here.

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3. Customer service response time

What is the Response Time of their customer service department? Probably you can see this item popping up when you read the user reviews, otherwise search for it or simply ask for it on the website of the web host.

4. Is there a no questions asked 100% refund policy?

Most web hosting companies have a 30, 45 or 90 day no questions asked refund policy. Also here: read the small print. The refund probably doesn’t include the domain costs, setup costs or has some other percentage as a fee subtracted. [bctt tweet=”Looking for a good web hosting company can be so frustrating! Here’s some useful tips.”]

5. What is their cancellation policy?

Can you cancel anytime and do you get some money back? Is there a contract involved or is a prepaid account? Good to know, before signing up.

6. Better business bureau registration

Is the company listed on the Better Business Bureau website?  What rating do they have? Any company listed as A- to A+ didn’t have much unsolved customer complaints. When they do have complaints, read on the BBB website how the issue was resolved.

7. Where are their servers  located?

The physic location of the server center has effect on the loading time of your website. Try to find a provider that has its servers close by your target audience. Most likely you will find this information on the website of the provider. Some web hosting companies can offer you multiple locations. Catch: they might charge extra for some locations.

8. Customer interaction

Do they have a user forum or blog where they interact with their customers? Interacting with users is important. A forum, a blog, a Q and A where common questions will be answered quickly.

9. What hardware do they use?

Look for SSD hard drives, lots of RAM memory, fast servers. Better hardware is more speed, faster loading times for your website, especially on a shared server you don’t want to be the victim of another clients website overloading the same server. Nowadays I look for hosts that provide SSD hard drives, Cloudlinux, Litespeed or an optimized Apache Linux server.

10. Cloud hosting: how much physical memory do you get?

512mb, 1024mb or even 2056mb. With Cloud hosting you’ll get your own dedicated physical ram memory. Although you can do a lot with 512mb, do notice that this has some limitations when you do a lot of photo and video uploading to your website. Higher is better. Aim for 1024mb or even 2056mb or up.

11. Ethical options

Green data centers, used resources, recycling. If this matters to you, check it before signing up. You can check all hosts if they use green energy as their resource on this awesome website: The Green Web Foundation

12. Who owns the company?

You’ll be surprised how many web hosting companies are owned by one overlapping organisation. Take for instance the Endurance International Group. As of this writing they own over 54 brands (source: Wikipedia).


Matt Banner from On Blast Blog wrote a great article about finding the best cheap web hosting. You should definitely check it out!
For a more detailed guide, we can highly recommend reading this article on the website.

Good shared hosting companies

Finally a list in random order of good shared hosting companies that I know of. Some of these links are affiliate links, meaning I will get a commission if you decide to purchase some of the below services. Buying services via an affiliate link has no extra costs for you and I will only post links to services that I trust: Inmotion Hosting / A2hosting / Siteground / Web Hosting Hub / Canadian Web Hosting From a personal view I can really recommend Inmotion Hosting as they offer a lot of freedom, goodies, awesome customer service in combination with ultra fast servers.

And a few real green hosts

Greengeeks / Ethical Host / Aiso Need more info? Don’t hesitate to contact me or drop your question in the comment box below.


Noud is an experienced web developer and founder of Data Roots. His passion is to develop high-quality websites for his customers that will last for many years. Noud's got 20 years experience developing websites for companies of all sizes and loves to help. Contact Noud.


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    Finding a website hosting company that is fast, secure and reliable is a challenge. I did not know anything about the EIG until I read your post. This helps to filter out the bad from the good!

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    After seeing so many horrible reviews of EIG, we decided to do some investigating. I hope you don’t mind me passing along what we found. We just published a few days ago.

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  1. Web hosting really does not have to be so difficult a subject to understand. It does require an understanding of some basic concepts, but once you have a handle on these ideas, you will find the subject less intimidating. Put the advice you have learned in this article to use in your next web hosting endeavor.

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