Despite the common misconception, there are huge differences from one web hosting company to another. Don’t just grab the first host you come across. Take your time, do some research, and choose a host that works best for you. These hints should help:
Be sure to register the name of your domain separately from your web hosting service. In case the service shuts down, or you have conflicts with the company, you will still own your own domain name and can just change to a new host. You might not have any control over your website’s registration, the host will.
Your web hosting company should do business out of the country where your target audience lives. For instance, if you target customers in the UK, make sure you choose a web hosting company whose data center resides there as well.
After you have your site up and going, it is …