How to Choose a Web Hosting Company to Grow Your Business

Are you looking for a web hosting provider but you’re not sure which one to choose out of the hundreds of thousands of companies out there? This article is going to share key factors to consider when choosing a web hosting company. As a blogger, business owner, online entrepreneur, it can be challenging to know which hosting company to use on your website especially if you aren’t tech-savvy.

How To Choose A Web Hosting Company To Grow Your Business

You will come across terms like unlimited disk space, bandwidth, and many others but if you know nothing about them, you may end up choosing the wrong web host. Ideally, you want to choose a reliable and high-performing host that’s available 24/7 through different channels. You also want a web host that guarantees high uptimes. If you choose the wrong web host, you’re not only going to surfer headaches but you will lose a lot of money in the long run.

To make sure you’re picking a good web hosting company, follow these practical tips.

1.  Know Your Website’s Needs

Different websites have different needs. A small website will need fewer resources than a large business website. Ideally, when it comes to web hosting, you have three options: shared web, VPS, and dedicated hosting. So, you need to determine which hosting plan is good for your website.

Let’s take a look at each hosting plan:

Shared hosting: Generally, shared hosting is good for small to medium websites.

In this hosting plan, several websites share the same server resources. It is simple to use and beginner-friendly. Most people start with this option before upgrading to the next hosting plan we will talk about below.

Note that, given that several websites share server resources, the performance surfers when your website starts to generate more traffic. Bluehost is a good example of a shared web hosting provider.

VPS hosting: VPS is the short form for virtual private server. This web hosting plan is more flexible and suitable for fast-growing websites. In this hosting plan, several websites share resources of the same server but each one has a dedicated virtual server.

Resources are split by a hypervisor. You can think of VPS hosting as an upgrade of shared web hosting. A2hosting is a good example of a VPS web hosting provider.

Dedicated hosting: This is the most powerful hosting plan that offers great server resources and security.This hosting plan is suitable for high-performing websites with millions of visitors per month. When you choose this option, your website gets 100% access to the hardware. No sharing of resources.

You also have complete control over your server and you can install software and configure the server as you wish. Well, this hosting plan has a hefty price tag though but if your website is generating more revenue, it’s worth the pick.

DreamHost is a good example of a dedicated hosting provider.

2. Scalability

Choose a web hosting provider keeping in mind that your website will grow. And the last thing you want to see is having a web host that doesn’t allow room to grow. Ideally, as your business starts to attract a ton of traffic, you need enough resources. If your current hosting plan can’t provide enough resources for your visitors, can you upgrade to a higher plan?

Well, most web hosting providers allow room to grow, but some aren’t as easy to upgrade than others. So, choose a web hosting company that supports your website’s growth.

3. Support

If you have the technological know-how to manage and configure your own server the better, but if you can’t, then it would be better to choose a web hosting company that offers 27/4/365 technical support via multiple channels such as email, phone, live chat, etc.

A good rule of thumb is to choose a web host with in-house support.

4. Reputation

Before you choose your hosting provider, take a look at what people are saying about the company. Facebook, Twitter, the company’s website are just a few areas to check out to know what other customers are saying about the company’s customer support, availability, and other factors.

You can also read third-party website reviews to know more about different web hosting companies before choosing yours.

5. Speed

Different factors affect website speed; and your web hosting company could be a key culprit. Given that people expect a website to open pages within 2 seconds, it’s important to choose a web hosting provider that provides fast website performance.

6. Price

You can get a web hosting provider charging a few dollars per month while others up to thousands a month but remember the adage “you get what you pay for”. If you decide to choose a cheap web hosting company, then you can expect to get fewer resources which could affect your site’s performance.

So, basically, choose an affordable website that meets the needs of your website.

Simple Tips To Maximize Your Earnings With HostGator Affiliate Program

Tired of using Google AdSense or similar services on your blog as the only source of revenue and still not satisfied with the income it is generating for you? However, I do not promote blogging for money, but if you are religiously spending quite a lot of your time maintaining a blog, you definitely deserve rewards. While generating income from a blog should always be the secondary step for any blogger, the first one should always be to receive a decent traffic and critical response on your blog. In this article I will be specifically talking about the HostGator Affiliate program and simple tips to maximize your earnings using it.

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One reason why I am particularly talking about HostGator’s Affiliate Program is that even if you are not a HostGator customer, you can still sign-up for their affiliate program here and instantly display banners on your website along with promotional codes that will help you earn decent revenue.

# Select a high CTR zone for banners:

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Do you see the top right HostGator banner on HBB, next to the blog header? Well, that is probably one of the most targeted zones on this blog. Select a specific region on your blog which you think will not be missed by readers. Make sure you do not fill your blog which banners and other advertisement units, or else there are chances that readers on your blog will become ‘ad blind’.

# Create coupon codes:

Once you sign-up with the HostGator affiliate program, you can easily create coupon codes for your account. Coupon codes are usually alpha-numeric discount vouchers using which, your readers can get a discount upto 25% on any purchase from HostGator US. Unfortunately, this service is currently in-active for HostGator India.

# Promote coupon codes via social networks:

If you are a regular reader of HBB, I am sure you would be aware of the power of social media and the wonders it can perform for your blog or website. Once your coupon codes are active, you can easily promote them on your Facebook fan page. Believe me, there are hundreds of people wanting to start a new blog or website. For them, discount coupon codes can be attracting.

# Offer free services if you can:

This is an optional step, i.e you don’t really need to follow this up if you don’t want to. For the customers using your coupon code to sign-up, you can offer services like free WordPress installation. The word ‘free’ attracts people from all fields and thus, you leave no reason for people to not to sign-up for HostGator web-hosting using your coupon codes.

These are some simple steps which can boost up your affiliate sales earning instantly. Please feel free to let me know your comments or doubts via the comments section below.

HellBound Bloggers (HBB) Now Hosted By HostGator

HostGator SwitchedHostGator is a leading provider of web hosting, reseller hosting, and dedicated servers. Over 2500000 websites hosted there. Today we moved to HostGator for better uptime and reliability.

For the past few weeks, HBB faced lots of downtime and Internal server error. Earlier HBB was hosted by GoDaddy, and seriously we didn’t find much issue with it until we were a victim of malware attacks. Several WordPress blogs hosted on GoDaddy were attacked at that time.

And I also came to know (via Reverse IP), lots of adult websites along with HBB hosted on their shared webhost, this affected my blog in all major search engines.

So I made use of Black Friday, and brought two webhosting packages from HostGator — Shared & VPS. After reviewing, I found Shared Hosting quite compatible for my blog right now.

I think it will take some time for the DNS to propagate, hopefully soon enough. Cheers. 🙂

UPDATE :HellBound Bloggers (HBB) Hosted By KnownHost VPS

HostGator June 2010 Discount Coupon (20% Off)

In this article I’m going to share the maximum discount code for HostGator Webhosting. This discount code will let you grab 20% off on any webhosting plan you opt with them.

Basically HostGator comes with 3 plans for shared hosting.

They are Hatchling, Baby, and Business plan. I recommend baby plan for beginners and business plan for professionals.

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HostGator is famously known for their 24×7 Customer support, live chat support, and 45 days money back guarantee.

Sign up for HostGator Webhosting (Discount code: SPRING)

HostGator April 2010 Discount Coupon II

Earlier I shared a similar HostGator Discount Coupon which lets you avail 20% off on any order you make. Now I’m going to share another Discount coupon code for HostGator Users.

Basically HostGator comes with 3 plans for shared hosting.

They are Hatchling, Baby, and Business plan. I recommend baby plan for beginners and business plan for professionals.

HostGator is famously known for their 24×7 Customer support, live chat support, and 45 days money back guarantee.

Below I mentioned the features of each respective HostGator plan.

This month’s coupon will let you avail 20% off on any order.

HostGator April 2010 Coupons1. Hatchling Plan :

  • Single Domain
  • UNLIMITED Disk Space
  • UNLIMITED Bandwidth
  • Shared SSL Certificate

2. Baby Plan :

  • UNLIMITED Domains
  • UNLIMITED Disk Space
  • UNLIMITED Bandwidth
  • Shared SSL Certificate

3. Business Plan :

  • UNLIMITED Domains
  • UNLIMITED Disk Space
  • UNLIMITED Bandwidth
  • FREE Dedicated SSL & IP
  • FREE Toll-Free Number

HostGator April 2010 Discount Coupon II
20% Off By Using Coupon Code : SPRING

My favorite plan is Baby plan since it supports unlimited domain hosting. This plan will be suitable for most of the bloggers.

Sign Up For Hostgator and Use Coupon code: SPRING

HostGator April 2010 Discount Coupon

In this post I’m going to share the discount coupon for HostGator for the month of April 2010. This month’s coupon
will let you avail 20% off on any order.

Basically HostGator comes with 3 plans for shared hosting. HostGator is recommended for dedicated hosting.

They are Hatchling, Baby, and Business plan. I recommend baby plan for beginners and business plan for professionals.

HostGator is famously known for their 24×7 Customer support, live chat support, and 45 days money back guarantee.

Below I mentioned the features of each respective HostGator plan.

This month’s coupon will let you avail 20% off on any order.

HostGator April 2010 Coupons1. Hatchling Plan :

* Single Domain
* UNLIMITED Disk Space
* UNLIMITED Bandwidth
* Shared SSL Certificate

2. Baby Plan :

* UNLIMITED Domains
* UNLIMITED Disk Space
* UNLIMITED Bandwidth
* Shared SSL Certificate

3. Business Plan :

* UNLIMITED Domains
* UNLIMITED Disk Space
* UNLIMITED Bandwidth
* FREE Dedicated SSL & IP
* FREE Toll-Free Number

20% Off By Using Coupon Code : SNOWMAN
20% Off By Using Coupon Code : SNOWMAN

My favorite plan is Baby plan since it supports unlimited domain hosting. This plan will be suitable for most of the bloggers.

Sign Up For Hostgator and Use Coupon code: SNOWMAN