Choosing a Web Hosting Provider for Your Platform

There are so many web hosting companies out there how do you know which one to choose? I suggest beginning by evaluating your business platform needs. Besides reviewing the current infrastructure I recommend using Google Analytics or another similar tool to help determine traffic and usage of your platform(s).

Web hosting with computers and the cloud

To begin understanding your needs, you will have to ask yourself questions like,

  • What size disk(s) do I need to store all related website and infrastructure files?
  • How much bandwidth do I need to support traffic to your website or portal?
  • What is the technical level of my team and do they need an easy to use admin panel?
  • Which operating systems are best to build my website(s) on based on cost and programming framework/language?
  • And so on….


Once you have determined the essentials required to host your business platform, you can look into hosting companies based on the following features,

  • Type of hosting
    • Shared web hosting
    • Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting
    • Dedicated servers
  • Bandwidth
  • Storage space
  • Programming features
  • Website builder
  • E-Commerce support
  • Backups and security
  • SSL Encryption
  • Datacenter location
  • Site uptime and downtime
  • Domain names


Beyond the basic features, some hosting companies will offer

  • Professional web design
  • Marketing tools
  • Email hosting
  • Free site transfers and setups
  • Additional security services
  • Free site builders
  • Domain name registration


Now that you have outlined all you need and want from your web hosting provider, you can begin to compare all the different options. Below is a list of websites that either highlight or compare the top hosting companies available to the public. 


Best of 2018

List of 20 Best Web Hosting Companies of 2018

The World’s Best Web Hosting Brands Reviewed [2018]

2018’s Best Web Hosting Reviews (Overall Ratings)


For Small Business

The Best Web Hosting for a Small Business

The 13 Best Small Business Web Hosting Providers of 2018

20 Popular Web Hosting Services Providers: Who’s Best for Small Business


Best for Shared Hosting

Shared Hosting Plans: Our Experts Reveal The Best Deals For 2018

Best shared web hosting of 2018

2018’s Best “Shared Hosting” Providers


Best for Dedicated Server Hosting

Top 20 Dedicated Server Hosting Solutions of 2018

Best Dedicated Server Hosting 2018

The best dedicated server hosting of 2018

2018’s Best “Dedicated Server Hosting” Reviews


Best for Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting

The Best VPS Hosting: Who’s The Best For Your Site? [Updated: 2018]

Best VPS hosting providers of 2018

2018’s Best “VPS” Hosting Reviews


To Compare

Top 10 Best Web Hosting Reviews


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