If you already have a big website, and you’re migrating it to a new website host, you’ll probably need a lot more space than someone who is starting a brand new blog. You can always start small and then buy more space when you need it. Make sure to check how much each upgrade will cost. If you need to host several websites, look for a hosting plan that will accommodate your needs affordably.
If you’ll need add-on domains and other services, it’s a good idea to find out how much this will cost. Some hosting services combine additional services into their prices. Others will try to lure you in with a lower entry rate and sell their add-ons separately, which can get expensive.
You’ll also want to consider where the hosting service is located. If you need a Canadian hosting service because you want to invest your money locally or you want to keep your data in this country, find out whether the hosting service’s data centre or servers are located in Canada. Canadian hosting costs are about the same as American hosting services. Supporting local companies (whose data centres often run on greener hydroelectric power) can be better for you in the long run, especially if you want to avoid exchange rate fluctuations.
Lastly, what platform will your website be on? Check that your platform, such as WordPress, is supported on the hosting service.
(If you’re just starting out and need help choosing a website platform, you can read my article about how to choose the right website platform.)