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PHP Web Hosting - Part 2

Published on 4/21/2010 by

Quick Tips for Choosing a PHP Hosting

Here are some additional tips to consider when choosing PHP web hosting:

  • Technical: Find a web host that gives you all applications (MySQL, PHP, and Perl are standard ones). You may not understand it all, but you may need to use it in the future.
  • Bandwidth: 75 GB is a good starting point depending on the number of visits to your website and type of content you are serving. If you are just starting a blog, bandwidth use is minimal. Do some research first and be aware of the total size of the website and the assumption of the traffic you will likely have, so you will be able to choose the right package. A company with an efficient customer service support team will be able to guide you.
  • Cost: Free does not always equal a good thing and cheap doesn’t mean you can not get decent web hosting. $10.00 a month is a reasonable and easy on the budget for quality, delivery, speed, and uptime. Look for flexible web-hosting packages that don’t lock you into contracts.
  • Statistical Information: Find out the amount of traffic coming to your site and check on the sites linking to you. All web hosting accounts should contain software that allows you to do this.
  • PHP Script Installers: Make sure your web host does not charge you for this service. The installation package is free from the service provider. A major example of a script installer is Fantastico, which is included with many web hosting packages.
  • Domain Name: Your web host should provide you with a unique domain name and one that does not interfere with any copyright infringements. They should also let you use your existing domain name.
  • Disk Space: The user should be able to download as much content as needed. Like bandwidth, disk space needs vary depending on the type of website. The company’s customer service team should be able to explain how much disk space is appropriate for your needs.
  • Customer Service: The web host should provide you with 24/7 customer service, be reliable and secure, provide unlimited e-mail storage, and a large amount of data transfer. Your web host support should maintain the basic functionality of your website.
  • Web hosting control panel: It’s useful to managing your web site. The most popular control panel is cPanel, which works with PHP.
  • Performance: Your site should be able to perform all needed functions including the creation of forms and become interactive.

Free PHP Web Hosting

The disadvantages of free PHP web hosting may cost you more than a well-researched low-priced Web Host. Here are some points to consider before deciding:

  • Free sites are full of advertisements to cover costs. If you’re selling something through your site, it is possible to have the competition advertisement on your site.
  • Customer service response my not be quick enough for you if the site goes down or the server crashes. It could be a great cost to your business if you have to wait 3 to 7 days, and this is one of the most important aspects to consider before using a free site.
  • Be prepared for banners, pop-ups and advertisement frames, and you can’t complain because the site is free.

What PHP Hosting Providers Don’t Tell You

There can be problems installing PHP on servers, and not all kinds of software can be run on these servers; crashes can happen. The main down point of PHP is the more than 3,000 commands which can be confusing for the experienced as well as the novice. PHP does not allow you to easily detect or clean up bugs and wasteful data entered by hackers. In general, PHP Hosting accounts created on Linux web servers have better security than the Window servers, but no account is completely protected.

Stay away from providers that ask you to pay extra money for PHP Web Host add-ons. The script installation package Fantastico or something like it should be offered for free. If a web hosting company is cheap with essentials like email accounts, look for another company. Never compromise on 24/7 support.

Look for a 30 day money back guarantee as well as an uptime guarantee. A reputable company will not have any trouble standing behind their reputation. Comparison shop online to make sure you are making the best decision. Always look for an uptime guarantee of at least 99.9% and ask questions if the hosting is offering anything less.

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