Web Hosting Concept Icon - Google ImagesSo you are on the verge of launching your website and now you need a webhosting service. A normal user in your situation will look to Google and open up the first website that is providing webhosting packages.

However, through years of experience and trial of error, I would like to recommend to you my homemade concoction which will help you in selecting the best webhosting package. All you need is a number of features that you’ll need to make sure that your said web hosting provider is offering you;

1. Databases

Think big – think smart, your website is not always going to be this small. Even if you’re maintaining a blog, it will expand and you will need to use dynamic data applications to manage your entire data base. Shared webhosting might be cheap but it only offers a limited amount of databases, plan your plans way ahead of everything. You should at least look for ten databases for your website to function properly.

2. Multiple Domains

If your business plan shows prospects of expanding over several levels that a need for multiple domain names is clear, then you need a hosting plan which offers at least 5 domain names. There are several websites on the internet that provide multiple domain names and all the more, they are cheap when you go for more than one domain name.

3. Developer Support

At some point, you are going to need developer support, something which is litmus test for any web hosting provider. Your website may look small now, but gradually you will be expanding it and it all comes down to the right amount of tools that will aid you in developing your website. Outdated tools don’t offer good development support for any website. Always make sure that your web hosting provider is serving you with updated web applications and tools that won’t cost a lot.

4. Customer support

You are on a tight deadline and your website needs to go live in the next few hours. What if something goes wrong and you need help? It is time to go for customer support, that is why make sure your web hosting provider is available 24/7. Before going for any webhosting packages, it’d be wise to test customer support department of several websites that are offering web hosting.

5. Server Uptime

No one wants to re-visit a website which is down or in the maintenance phases. First impressions always count in case of new users who are visiting your website, expecting it to be up 24/7. It is only possible if you chose a web hosting provider who offers 100% server uptime in actuality. Don’t settle for lame service that doesn’t even count as a web hosting provider.