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From outside, building and running a blog might seem an easy and simple thing to do. But if you dive deep into it, you will find out it’s not. It often ends you up in frustration, anger, and confusion.

Questions, like choosing a blogging platform and choosing a web host, might seem easy at first, but it’s the complete opposite. It’s one of the hardest questions you will ever find due to dozens of options to choose from. For me, the magnitude of the hardness of the question is same as that of—Who created God?

So to help you and guide you through this journey of choosing the right host for you, here we are with this post. Specifically, we will focus on how to find the right windows hosting service for your business.

Before we start, let me get you cleared on certain things. Firstly, don’t go for Windows hosting just because if you are running windows on your PCs and Laptops.

The OS you use does not have any connection with the hosting plan you buy. There would be no compatibility issues. Also, you won’t find windows server easy to handle just because you use Windows for every-day works. Both are equally easy/hard to use. Choose windows, only if you are planning to run Windows applications like ASP.net and so on.

#1. Bandwidth

It is also referred as data transferred as bandwidth simply refers to the amount of data transferred from your website to the visitors who visit your site.

Though many companies claim that they offer unlimited bandwidth (i.e. you can have unlimited number of visitors on your website, and it won’t crash), but they will start charging you once you hit a particular mark, say 100 GB.

Do make sure you check out the actual bandwidth offered by the company.

For starters, 100 GB would be more than enough because it’s rather unlikely that you would start getting tens of hundreds of hits per month initially.

#2. Reliability and Uptime

Check out how many servers they have got and where they have placed it around the world. Make sure your host provides you high speed and high up-time.

Those two are very crucial factors. Firstly, if you don’t have either of two, you will easily loose up lots of visitors, and your search engine rankings will also start dropping. Your host should offer about 99.5% uptime at least. It would be better if you look for

Your host should offer about 99.5% uptime at least. It would be better if you look for the host that offers the money-back guarantee.

#3. Technical Support

Ensure that they offer customer support over most hours of the week and are responsive. Some hosts may provide customer support only on weekdays, but the problem is that you can’t take any risk as if something worse happens on Friday night, you have to wait for 3 lengthy days and you will lose of traffic.

Make sure that they respond within hours by sending them frequent messages at all-time round the day.

Some hosts may provide customer support only on weekdays, but the problem is that you can’t take any risk as if something worse happens on Friday night, you have to wait for 3 lengthy days and you will lose of traffic.

Make sure that they respond within hours by sending them frequent messages at all-time round the day.

#4. Email and Auto-Responders

Next comes the email part. It’s most likely that your users would like to talk to you regarding some issues of their own and of the website.

Even advertisers would like to contact to you through email. You probably do not want to share an amateurish-sounding email id like name-123@something.com.

Having a professional sounding email id like name@website-name.com is better.

#5. Control Panel

One of the most important aspects. Your host should provide control panel from where you can monitor and customize every aspect of your website.

At first, it should provide essential features like change/edit/delete your email address and password. After all, you don’t want to contact the support team every time to change your email id and password.

#6. Disk Space

You will rarely find websites and blogs with content and no images, videos and graphics. Images play a central role in blog posts.

You will always find images on almost all the blog over the internet. And to host these images, you need a good disk space.

For starters, 20 GB would be enough to host food number of images, graphics, and videos. But if you run a website with a posting rate of 3 posts per day, you might require disk space of higher capacity.

Read other’s reviews

Finally, coming to the end; no one can tell you the working and functionality of the host better than the ones who are using it currently or used to. You can visit forums or Facebook groups to check out user’s review, the pros and cons of the hosting provider that will help you decide better.