How to Choose Web Hosting - Top Hosting Providers
Not all hosting providers are created equal and choosing the right one for your needs is an essential step that can have far lasting effects on your website. A host that’s unreliable can cause your site to be offline at crucial times or even cause you to lose content that you’ve uploaded to your site.
Windows or Linux
For most people it really doesn’t matter if you choose Windows or Linux hosting. Both are reliable, both can be had for a decent price, and both had host HTML or WordPress sites. So, in most cases, it boils down to what you’re most comfortable with.
The exception is if you need to runs some type of specialized software like ASP.NET, SQL Server, or Java. To run ASP.NET and SQL Server you need to have Windows hosting, and most hosting providers only offer Java as an option on Linux servers.
Number of Sites / Expected Resource Usage
One way hosting providers keep the price down is to limit the number of sites and/or the amount of resources (bandwidth, hard drive space, and memory) you can use. If you only need to host a single site that’s small and not expecting much traffic you can save money by choosing a cheaper hosting plan. On the other hand if you need multiple sites and expect a lot of traffic your hosting plan is going to cost more (sometimes a lot more).
Shared Hosting / VPS / Dedicated
Shared hosting is the cheapest but it also means you’re sharing a server with, potentially, hundreds of other sites. With a reliable hosting provider and a moderately sized site this is seldom a problem, but for higher traffic sites it pays (and in some cases is required) to purchase either Virtual Private Server (VPS) or a dedicated (your own physical server) hosting.