The website of any business has become the first point of contact, in most cases. The modern, technological world and its citizens demand a seamless experience when they browse through this point of interaction. A smooth and satisfying experience can only be provided if the web host chosen is the best. Presently, there are hundreds of options when it comes to picking a web host like BlueHost, Knownhost, HostGator, etc. Deciding between the choices can become an arduous task as most offer the same advantages: • Unlimited space • Top notch support • High speed • Reliability • 99% uptime A good CIO of a company is one that has a finger on the pulse of innovation and is also capable of sifting through the fluff to choose a value-providing option, advises www.cio.com. How does a person pick the most beneficial web host in a market filled with free hosting service providers and cheap shared hosts? There are certain factors that can guide you to an accurate decision. Today, the focus is on one of them - cost. • Cost When we say price, we do not just mean the upfront fee paid to the hosting provider. It also factors in renewal rates and refunds. Since the expense of any kind is a consideration for any business, the cost of a web host is important. When shared hosting is available at dirt cheap prices, why should one opt for a costlier service provider? Think this; at such low cost will the web host be able to provide you with any reliable service? Opting blindly for free web hosts or cheap shared hosts is not a good business decision.

A website requires 24-hour customer and hardware support. These services are not easy to get. So before choosing a web host, take a look at all the features they provide. Compare the prices of two web hosts that offer similar features and then pick an option. The best solution would be the one that bids a right combination of cost and features. If you are still tempted by the less expensive web hosts, look at their renewal prices.

Most of these shared web hosts ask for a high renewal price to make for the low signup cost. In the long run, a company will end up paying more than what they thought. Until and unless your strategy is to switch hosts at the end of the contract, look up the renewal cost before making the final decision. Another hidden expenditure that you might end up bearing is the cancellation charge or refund fee.

A good web host offers a thirty-day long trial period. At the end of thirty days, they offer a money-back guarantee. The offer is to give the client time to be familiar with features of the web host and its services. What most customers fail to grasp is that these web hosts tend to charge for the seemingly free domain name and SSL certificate upon cancellation. A reliable web host would be one that charges an average amount per month and provides prompt and professional service.