Making money online, a dream that is attracting a lot of people to the web in this post bubble web 2.0 era of Internet. Many start out their journey on free services like blogspot and googlepages. And some register their own domains and go for a shared hosting. Many newbies, not having enough technical knowledge can sometimes fall prey to some of the worst web hosting services in the industry.
A bad webhost can deprive you of a lot of profits and opportunities. Many overselling webhosts suspend your account on the slightest surge in traffic. Some have limitations on creating additional sub-domains. Some charge hidden costs for having extra databases or email ID’s. It’s good to do some research before you choose your webhost.
What are the features you need to look in web hosting for your money making websites?
- If you are registering your domain name with your webhost, make sure you have complete control over your domain name.
- The more uptime they guarantee, the better. 99% uptime is the minimum acceptable standard. Look for 99% plus guaranteed uptime. 1% of uptime is about 87 hours in a year.
- A host should have a good support program. A 24×7 live chat feature makes your life so easier.
- A good stats program is handy if you want to keep an eye on how many visitors you are getting, where they are coming from, referrers, top entry and exit pages and so on.
- Make sure you get enough sub-domains to create child sites and use them to generate additional revenues.
- Make sure you are not charged additional charges for creating databases. And make sure you are not limited to some x, number of databases.
- See that you are provided with a control panel. The most favorite control panel is cpanel with Fantastico installed. Fantastico helps you install almost all open source applications developed in PHP, using three simple clicks.
- And most importantly, make sure that your webhost provides you with easy upgrade.
I am hosting my sites with Hostgator. It has proven to be the best host in my 6 years experience of hosting with different hosts. I highly recommend Hostgator for your hosting in your journey to make money online. They have the best support system, I had ever seen online.
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