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Finding your first web hosting can be intimidating. Although web hosting will seem simple once you’ve been around awhile, at first it’s all very opaque. Part of the problem is simply that there’s a lot of misinformation out there. There are hundreds of the web hosting providers, and all of them are trying to convince you that they’re the right choice for you.

Often, they do this by advertising features and services you don’t really need. Other times they do it by advertising features and services that aren’t really features and services at all, but simply part of web hosting; like a gluten-free sticker on an apple, they’re trying to make their product seem better by highlighting a feature which intrinsic to all such products.

Benefit 1: Easy to Digest

Video Production are processed by the brain 60,000 times faster than text. Humans are hardwired to avoid demanding cognitive strain so they always opt for information that’s easier to process.
In the sinking world of information overload, videos are a breath of fresh air. Amidst a sea of words, video content is easier on the eye, easier on the brain.

Despite this, it’s not too awfully hard to differentiate the good from the bad in this regard. It’s more just about deciding what you really need.

The Big Players

The big players, like GoDaddy or WordPress.com, tend to be a bit pricier, and what they give you in return is great customer support, extensive documentation, 24/7 handholding, and infinite attempts to upsell you on services you don’t need.

As long as you make the conscious choice to just say, “No!” to GoDaddy help/sales reps (they’re essentially one in the same) you’re going to be fine. This is also true of other major hosting providers.

The Cheap Players

On the other of the spectrum are web hosting providers like NearlyFreeSpeech, who offer low end, pay-for-play, services. There’s not much in the way of help, but if you’re comfortable in your ability to figure out the nitty gritty, or have friends who can help you out, they make a great option for those operating on limited budgets. Once your traffic picks up, though, you might actually save money going with a larger service.

The Ones Who Let You Do Stuff

The most important thing when choosing a web hosting service is finding one who will allow you enough control over your site to get things done. Whatever option you choose, you’re going to want to make sure your web hosting provider has a few things going for them.

Reliability

You’ll want to check and make sure that your web hosting provider has a reputation for keeping their servers up and online practically 24/7. With all the options out there, there’s essentially no reason to accept a service with an uptime less than 99%.

Good Reviews

Once you’ve put together your top 3-5 choices, take a little time to research them, and find out what other customers are saying about their experience with the company.

The Good News is You Can Change Your Mind
It’s not impossible to switch away from a host who’s not being helpful, but it’s not a trivial task for someone new to this end of technology, and it’s better to just not need to.

If it does become necessary, don’t stress out. The really good news is that your hosting provider knows this, too, and it gives them an incentive to provide decent help and service.