A Quick Guide To Finding The Perfect Hosting Platform
Website and application hosting is ever-expanding, so we decided to make this short guide to help you understand what key components you need to look for when choosing a hosting provider in 2023, and how you can save as much money as possible.
Cost, availability, and feasibility
Our personal three things to look for in a hosting provider is the cost, availability, and feasibility. The cost of a service is arguably the most important thing for small business and personal sites, when the budget is small. Additionally, when looking for an affordable hosting provider, it is important to review the features they offer, and make sure that they will be able to provide everything that you need, and you won’t have to worry about making modifications or requesting features or additions.
Can it be hosted for free?
Websites with static components (HTML, CSS, JS) can almost certainly be hosted for free. Additionally, applications that require the use of databases and the PHP programming language can most likely also be hosted for free. Especially if you are on a budget, it may be worth testing your project on a free hosting service just to see if it will work, and if it does not, then you know what additional resources you need to look for in other providers.
For example, a static portfolio website can be easily hosted with most free and budget providers without any problems, while more advanced applications that use languages like Go or Ruby on Rails may require a more advanced hosting platform.
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What if I need a paid service, what should I look for?
When looking for a paid hosting provider, one of the most important things is that their system must be able to easily run your application at an affordable price. Looking for a provider that will be able to help your business grow (has room for scalability) is always a good idea.
One way to get a good idea of what certain providers offer is to utilize a live-chat service, if one is offered. Checking the “features” or “pricing” pages of a potential provider is also a good way to get additional information about the services a provider has, and how much it will cost you to host your project with them.
What else should I look for?
While the feasibility and affordability of a provider is important, there are other things that you may want to keep in mind as well. The support options that a provider has is always a good thing to take into consideration, as there may be a point in the future where something goes wrong, or you get locked out of your account. Having a provider that has a dependable support desk is a big plus. While the live-support options available are important, so is the wealth of information that is available 24-7.
Providers that have a large and extensive knowledge base may be something to consider, as if something does go wrong, you will have a place where you can attempt to find an answer before contacting support, and waiting for a reply.
We hope this article was helpful to you while deciding on a hosting provider to host your project with. If you are confused and don’t know what to do, don’t hesitate to sign up for a free TinkerHost account and see if free hosting is right for you. With tons of tools, resources and support options available, free hosting has never sounded better. If you need more features or programming language support, paid providers are always available and ready to help.Ask A Question