For years our clients have asked us if we provided hosting. When we told them that we didn't, they were disappointed. Our reason - we did not want to compromise the service they received from us as a web development and digital marketing service. After nearly 20 years, we have finally partnered with a company that we can stand behind when it comes to hosting. Now, you can get everything your need to run your business online from us, including hosting!
How do you know if a web host is good? Do bandwidth and disk storage features still matter these days? Which type of hosting service should you go with? Below are some basic necessities you need when choosing a reliable web host.
1. Sometimes Name Recognition Does Not Matter
Big name Web hosts are wonderful companies that have built their brand to success over time. However, we sometimes get blindsided by their successes so much that we don’t pay attention to whether their hosting solutions would suit our business needs or not.
I’ve used some big name Web hosts in the past, and while they make sweet promises, their services are not really that good. Their servers often had issues and make my sites load slowly and go down too often (this gave me nightmares in day time). Their customer care agents were often too lazy, clueless or too busy with other things to properly offer a help when I needed it.
Live Chat/Support 18 Hours/Day
1GBPS High Speed Connection
Daily Backup on Offsite Servers
Unlimited Bandwidth for Your Business
Easy-to-Access Control Panel (cPanel)
2. Cut-rate Hosting May Not Be Your Best Bet
It’s only rational to get high quality things at the lowest cost possible, right?
But in this case, focusing more on how a Web hosting provider’s solutions will suit your needs is the most important thing you want to do.
Does your site need some unique software? If yes, will your host be able to handle it? Do you need a simple WordPress site? If yes, can your Web host provide a managed WordPress hosting (which possesses features that would make work easy for you)?
These features should be your deciding factors, not price.
There are different features from various Web hosts, and low-priced hosts might not provide all the features you’d need. To get more info about your Web host’s features, you could checkout your their site or look at third party reviews online.
3. Security Strength
A Web host with great security strength is definitely what you want, especially if you’re planning on getting your customers’ information via your website.
Here are a few security features you should be looking for in a Web hosting provider:
Daily backups: It doesn’t matter if it’s your Web host’s fault or yours, once you lose your site’s content without a backup plan, it’s so gone! Andrew Gladwin had this nightmare experience:
What would happen if you woke up tomorrow and your Web host had accidentally deleted your website? It happened to me. And, you guessed it: I didn’t have a backup… My entire business went down the drain with one mistake by my Web host. It wasn’t even my fault, but I had to start my business from scratch because of that one mistake…
SSLs: If you’re designing an e-commerce related website, and you aren’t planning on using a third party service to handle your customer’s payments data, you’d need a hosting service that can provide SSLs instead.
Web hosting companies provide various features that distinct them from one another; you just need to find which one suits your needs the most.
After being in business for nearly 20 years, we know what is needed from a hosting company and what is just "fluff" in terms of features. For most of our clients, shared hosting is the perfect solution. Let us provide you with the hosting services you need at a price that makes sense for any budget!