When it comes to choosing the right host for your new Website, you will without a doubt be getting lots of different advice what to look for from different people around you. There are, however, some things you should look out for that all of them will agree on - here are some of them (in no particular order).

Top Tip #1 - Carefully check exactly what tools/ features a host offers. Free services often provide just enough to create pages/ use templates, but offer little in terms of customisation.

Top Tip #2 - If you are using free services, check out whether they will back-up your information. Should no back-up be provided, ensure you do your own - failure to do so could result in substantial data (and with it potentially financial) loss.

Top Tip #3 - Create a shortlist of potential services and closely compare every detail. Cost can vary significantly, and the most expensive services are not always the most reliable or best.

Top Tip #4 - Make sure your new host provides detailed site traffic information. Get a counter on your site and compare the figures shown by this to the details you are provided with.

Top Tip #5 - Check what programming languages are supported by the host. In order for your site to launch/ run properly, your host needs to support all languages you and your design/ development team use and are likely to use in the future.

Top Tip #6 - If it is likely that your site will be required to store/ receive varying numbers of e-mail addresses, make sure the intended host offers POP3 - you will need this.

Top Tip #7 - Make sure the hosting company offers adequate disc space to accommodate not only your current requirements, but allows for potential growth. Remember that adding images, graphics, videos, and so on will quickly eat into your allowance. Changing hosts due to 'outgrowing' the existing one can be troublesome.

Top Tip #8 - For the same reason, ensure your bandwidth allotment caters for potential growth. Your site may only have ten visitors a day at the moment, in three months time, it could have 5000. Exceeding allotted bandwidths can quickly become expensive fun - some hosts may charge significantly for extra usage, others may simply block your site.

Top Tip #9 - You will have heard this one a million times already, but it is of utmost importance, so here it is again: check the host's uptimes carefully. Never rely on what's promised - user reviews will provide a far more realistic picture of how often a server is down - leaving your site unavailable.

Top Tip #10 - Do try to get a host that includes SEO features in the line-up of tools and services. These features are vital to boost your site's traffic.