choosing the right web hosting provider?

Deciding on a good web hosting provider is essential to having a smooth running site. Don’t get overwhelmed by all of the features providers offered these days. Great technical support and at least a 99.9% uptime guarantee is all that you need to look for.

Considering all of the other major features offered, there is very little differences between most providers. The follow features are really the only ones of interest:

  • No Setup Fees
  • Unlimited Disk Space
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • POP3 Email and Webmail
  • MySQL Databases
  • 24/7 Technical Support

DO NOT sign up for any extra special promotions. All providers will try and upsell you whenever they can, so resist the urge and say “No Thanks”.

3 top web hosting providers

GoDaddy – has 3 different hosting packages, with their Deluxe Plan costing $6.90/month (as low as $4.92/month). As of Feb. 1, 2011, GoDaddy offers the Deluxe Plan at the same price as their Economy Plan at $3.44/month for your first 2 years (or $2.99/month for a 3 year term).

Most importantly, WordPress comes pre-installed, so it eliminates the need for installing WordPress.

Hostgator – has 3 different hosting packages, with their Baby Plan costing $6.36/month (as low as $3.96/month for their Hatching Plan). The pricing shows $7.96/month, though they have a permanent 20% off promotion, so it’s really $6.36/month.

They offer a great control panel option called Fantastico, which makes installing WordPress a breeze.

Justhost – has 2 different hosting packages, with their Premium Plan costing $6.95/month (as low as $3.95 when clicking the “Secret Link” button at the bottom of the page). $3.95/month is based a two-year term. BE SURE to uncheck “Great Deal” promotions during checkout.

They offer a great control panel option called Fantastico, which makes installing WordPress a breeze.

With the features of these 3 web hosting providers being equal, GoDaddy has the best deal at the moment. This could change, so feel free to double-check their sites for the latest special offers!