When you go shopping for a web hosting company, you will soon find that there are hundreds out there offering many of the same features. Choosing the right one may come down to something very insignificant unless you know the features that can set a hosting provider apart from the bunch. The following are examples of four features you should definitely want.
1. Advanced flexibility – Plenty of hosts will let you upload pretty much whatever you want, but when it comes to web application development, some can get pretty picky. Having flexibility with PHP memory limits, .htaccess files, and other configuration settings will be very useful.
2. Easy scalability – You may have a hard time imagining your websites outgrowing their current hosting plans, but if they do, you will want a setup that allows for easy scalability. This often means avoiding dependency on proprietary systems that lock your sites into their current mode.
3. Extra tools – Tons of hosts will offer the space, bandwidth, and uptime you want, but not all will offer the same set of free scripts, SEO tools, and additional perks that make them special.
4. Approachability – Most great web hosts gain their high approval ratings by providing excellent customer service. Some users would even sacrifice certain features or even low prices for better service. One thing you should look for is a customer service staff that is approachable. In many situations, it is helpful to be able to refer back to the same person when working out a problem. Are the host’s customer service people absent on their own support forums? That might be a sign. Ask around and investigate. It may save you headaches down the line.