It goes without saying that businesses like to launch their websites in a hassle-free manner and experience the benefits of unrestricted storage, faultless bandwidth and grass -root level access through a user friendly interface. 

The hosting market is vast, with diverse hosting providers offering plans with different features and several levels of resources. 

Newbie as well as experienced enterprises have found that shared hosting, as a rule, is appropriate for most of their needs. 

In shared hosting, a number of hosting accounts are located on one server, with some of the accounts having the same IP address. Most of the shared hosting plans have a specific set of features with restrictions on resources. 

The question is how to choose the right hosting services and the best among the various shared hosting plans

Here are a few tips that hopefully should answer such basic queries.

Understand your key requirements

The right web host will address your specific needs such as 

- the type of website you are building
- whether you need any specific version of software
- the traffic you expect during the next 12 months or so
- Do you need windows or Linux applications – This is important because Windows and Linux are two different operating systems. If Linux is your preferred choice then you must filter down to Linux hosting plans. 

A good practice is to start with a limited plan and upgrade as your business expands and gets more traffic. 

Get one with the best uptimes

Nothing is more annoying if a server outage occurs when you need it most. Whatever be the level of business, we all need a 24 X 7 operating hosting service on a powerful server and unwavering network connections. An ideal uptime is 99.5% or above, and for any business, uptime below 99% is undesirable.

Look at renewal prices

During sign up, most hosting plans sell cheap. But they charge high during renewals. 

You cannot avoid renewals even if you register a plan for the longest possible period. A good way to avoid a nasty surprise is to read the hosting provider’s Terms of Service carefully and understand fully the renewal prices mentioned in the TOS. 

It must enable several add-on domains 

Most of us own more than one domain names. In situations when webmasters own many domain names, extra hosting space may be needed. Fortunately most providers allow for around 20 add-on domains in one account, but it always makes sense to be sure. 

Look for e-commerce features

If you are planning to run a retail site with provisions for business transactions then it becomes vital to choose a hosting service that has adequate e-commerce features such as easy shopping cart software installation, SSL certification, and a dedicated Internet Protocol. 

Email hosting 

All businesses would prefer to have an email account with their website. Most hosting companies have this feature built-in but it is always better to make sure beforehand. 

Finally, anticipate when you might need to upgrade. When your business grows and traffic spikes, you will need more resources. Carefully research various Shared hosting plans, and if necessarily ask queries to the provider. 
A well-chosen hosting provider can make a big difference to your business.