Web hosting is a great choice for those wishing to get their websites out and running with minimal infrastructure investment.
With so many variables, technologies, contracts, prices, it can easily get confusing.
Hosting providers usually allow contracts anywhere between 1 month and 3 years.
Usually, the longer your contract, the cheaper the monthly price, but in most cases, you will need to pay full contract upfront.
Many offer refunds if you are not happy with the service (we are currently working to include this information).
Most packages have an initial discount usually lasting for the duration of your contract (this is this big figure).
If you decide to renew your package, you will (most likely) loose the discount and have to pay full price - we've included this figure below the 'Sign Up' button.
This is a secondary consideration but something worth being aware of.
Other than the price, the main hosting consideration is whether you want to run your website on a Linux or Windows operating system.
The choice of the operating system may limit technologies.
Windows hosting supports a lot of Linux technologies, but it is usually more expensive.
The operating system will open up a set of available technologies and databases.
Windows hostings usually support PHP, ASP.NET and ASP.NET Core.
Linux hostings offer support for Python, PHP and Perl.
Windows hostings are usually more expensive because providers need a license for Windows and admin panels (e.g. Plesk).
For windows hostings, SQL Server is the usual choice of database.
Meanwhile for Linux based plans MySQL.
Some hosting providers support PostgresSQL as well as MariaDB.
Many hosting packages will have unmetred storage on SSD drives.
We recommend going with SSD drives as they offer a significant performance over HDD.
The final consideration is traffic.
Again, most providers usually offer unmetred traffic.
We usually recommend starting with the smallest hosting package that meets your needs.
Most (but not all) hosting providers will allow you to easily upgrade if your requirements grow.
Keep in mind, the upgrade may not be more may it is worth having a look at hosting packages from their competitors.
We hope you found this guide useful.