How do I choose a hosting company for my website?
Choosing a hosting company for a business or individual depends on many factors.
Cost - Most hosting companies offer packages at a range of prices.
Amount of web space - the more the better especially if you plan to expand the website in the future. Is there unlimited web space on offer.
Bandwidth - how much data can be uploaded and downloaded per month - but check what is included and any costs for exceeding the package bandwidth. Some offer unlimited bandwidth so you don't have ro worry about large audio and video downloads.
Email accounts (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org etc.) - you may want to stick with your existing email but if you want emails associated with your domain name check if they are included, how many are available and the charge if email is not included as standard (in the more basic hosting packages).
www.1and1.co.uk, for example offer packages to suit anyone from the hobbyist making a personal or family website to small or large business packages and even online shopping. Click here to check them out and use them as a benchmark. They are large and established. Remember that the better packages are more flexible with more room for expansion without the hassle of upgrading.