Remember these 7 things about web hosting before settling for one.
Behind every successful website, there is a web hosting. No longer having a website is crucial for your business. These days, many businesses cannot afford few minutes of downtime. This means having a reliable web hosting service is a super critical issue to have a successful website.
But choosing a reliable web hosting company is a difficult task, especially when there are so many options available out there – from local web hosting providers to web hosting giants such as BlueHost and 1and1 – all of which offers different packages depending on personal requirements and budget.
But how do you actually know whether you need to invest $10 per month vs. $100? Here are 7 things, especially gathered from website owners and experts, you must always remember when finding a reliable web hosting company for your project.
7 Things to Remember About Web Hosting
Once you spent a decent time and energy creating a website, you should make sure to welcome your visitors as well as Google by making your website load faster once you start to bring a reasonable amount of website traffic. Look for web hosts that have features to make your websites load faster.
Having faster loading pages helps improve conversions as well as decrease bounce rate, which will eventually help you rise above the search engine ladder,” says Tom Brown, a Cloud Works founder, who has been monitoring the web hosting industry evolution for the past several years.
A web host that offers great security is what you must be looking for, particularly if you are thinking about getting user’s personal information such as name and email addresses through your website.
Look for these security features in a web hosting providers:
a) Regular (Daily) Backups: Your web host provider must provide daily backup features in any of their web hosting packages. If you don’t have a daily backup plan, no matter whose fault it may be, all your site’s content will be gone forever when someone – you or your web host – accidentally delete them.
It has happened to many website owners, and it will happen to you as well. Your entire business will vanish with one stupid mistake. No matter whose fault it may be, at the end of the day, you will have to build your blog or site from scratch again, and that takes time and effort and money.
b) Secure Socket Layers (SSLs): If you are planning to sell items through the online store, and you do not wish to collect customer’s payment data through a third party payment system such as PayPal, then you will need to find a web hosting provider that offer SSL SSL are small data files when installing on a server, activates the padlock sign and secure https protocol (through port 443), allowing for a secure connection between a web server and a browser.
c) SiteLock: Sitelocks demonstrates trust to your customers by verifying your credentials such as phone, email address, and address. It also scans your server for malware and protects your site being blacklisted.
3) Customer Support
You will run into problems with your web hosting all the time. You need customer support all the time. But what if there is no customer support available when you need them the most?
When you require a technical solution, it can be quite frustrating to deal with a non-technical customer support staff when you actually require talking with a system administrator to handle the issue.
Do your homework: find out different ways you can reach the support department (email, live chat, phone, and web support), how quickly you can resolve your issues, and which system administrator you should contact to get immediate help whenever you require it.
Choose a web host that offers flexible services.
Web hosting companies must understand how crucial quality servers are to your businesses. Even most dedicated and managed web hosts do not go the extra mile to support applications that are not part of their initial server setup.
Find a web host that offers a vast amount of experience to support a wide range of applications. You must look for a web host that can bring their industry expertise to you through their services.
Learn what their customers – former and current – are saying about them.
Look for success stories on their website from clients that used similar configurations like yours. Is there a testimonials page from clients that can tell you more about their experience using that web hosting company?
6) Hidden Costs
Look for a web host that provides you a full list outlining the support they offer so that you have a clear understanding what they offer for free, what they don’t offer for free, and what is not offered at all. Many hosts, I realized, try to offer sub-standard free support behind vague statements of high-quality support. Talk with their customer support staff to make them give you all the details before you settle down to do business with them.
7) Uptime Guarantee
If your website is popular and gets over 100 visitors a day, the last thing you would want your visitors to experience server downtime when they type your URL in their browser. You will want to look for a web hosting service that has a great reputation for high uptime guarantee.
Your website cannot be down even during power outage. Look for a web hosting server that offers 99% uptime guarantee, or even more.
Also, look for web hosting providers that place their server at multiple locations (mirrored servers) so that if one server goes down due to hardware failure or power outage, they have another handy online and ready to serve your sites to your visitors.
8) Bonus: Exit Strategy
Even if you find everything you were looking for – unlimited web space, bandwidth, domain names, excellent 24/7 phone support, 99.99% uptime, 5-star reviews, high performance and speed, daily backup, etc – make sure to read their terms of conditions to know what they say about if you decide to move your website to another web host.
One of the thing that annoys me is when a web hosting provider makes it confusing to find what you require to move your domain name somewhere else. If they were confident about their services, they would never have made this option difficult in the first place.
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