Thoroughly researching hosting possibilities can take a lot of time and effort. What if you want to make safe hosting choices but don’t have the time to research everything? Fortunately, following a couple of simple rules provides a safe shortcut.
1. Use Different Companies for Domain Registration and Web Hosting – Using the same company for registration and hosting can be a problem if you get into a dispute with your host. A host who controls your domain as well as your hosting files has total control over your website and business. When you register your domain with a different company, you have the option of switching hosts by resetting the nameservers in your registrar account. Also, a hosting company is usually better than a domain registration company at hosting.
2. Follow the Smart Crowd – Some of the best hosting choices are not only popular, they’re consistently recommended by knowledgeable users. HostGator definitely falls into this category – a large reputable company with excellent service. Most of the best hosts will offer the selection of features most requested by knowledgeable users. That includes cPanel to manage your hosting account, Fantastico to simplify software installation, and content management systems (CMS) like WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla to build and maintain your website. If you follow the smart crowd in making choices like these, you not only are making safe and solid choices, you’re joining a large user base. That means support is usually as easy as typing your question into a search engine.