1. Don’t go strictly on price. The top selling webhosting companies are the cheapest, and the are also the worst. Don’t touch Godaddy or 1&1 Internet with a 10 foot pole!
2. Don’t use “Web Hosting Review” sites. They make their money by signing you up with the companies they push. These companies are usually bad.
3. Don’t get caught up in the side by side feature comparison. Find out what you need, but don’t try to get the best bang for your buck. A bargain can turn into a nightmare if you hook up with the wrong company.
1. Ask your web developer or designer for recommendations, unless they are getting a cut. Do some research to find out if there is an affiliation between them and the company they are recommending, or just ask.
2. Search for problems or complaints connected with the web host, especially where customer service or technical issues are concerned.
3. Search Webmaster forums for recommendations, or post to a forum asking for a recommendation. You will usually get detailed responses based upon experience.
The vast majority of webhosting companies that are selling space on shared servers are HORRIBLE. You really need to do your homework, especially if your staking your business on your website.