Choosing web hosting for your business is a challenge. This challenge occurs because web hosts offer competitive pricing, special offers, and services that include 99 percent uptime, expert support, and unlimited resources.
Isn’t there any way to cut through all the rhetoric to make an informed choice? The following guide will help you better understand what web hosting companies mean on their websites and which company and package will suit your needs.
Don’t let pricing upfront be the deciding factor. The cheapest option isn’t usually the best one. It’s unlikely a web hosting charging $1.99 a month will have quality hardware and in-house support (not outsourced). Look at the details of the features, then compare package pricing.
- Ease of Use
People with little to no tech skills should easily be able to access and install WordPress, set up email accounts, and set up FTP accounts. These are things that shouldn’t require support. The interface should be user-friendly and include features like Plesk or cPanel.
- Tech Support
Tech support is a big deal. If your website goes down, you want to talk to a real person to get it running again. You need to know what’s wrong, how to fix it, or at least how to get the site live again. Look at web hosts’ reputations and what kind of support they offer.
- Technical Specifications
What do you want your website to do? If you want a blog, rich content, video-friendly, or an e-commerce site, the cheapest web hosting isn’t beneficial. Cheaper hosts don’t have resources like the RAM, disk space, or processing sources to accommodate you. Unless you want to spend more time dealing with downtime, look at all the features and packages before you choose.
Look at the web hosting company to see if they offer any special expertise in an area that would meet your website’s needs. Reviews and recommendations from the Internet will offer some insight to web hosting companies. You want a web hosting that can cater to your needs.
It will take some digging to get into the hardware resources used by web hosting companies. You may even have to email or call to get your questions answered, but it’s worth it. You need to know if they are using outdated or junk parts instead of state-of-the-art hardware for their servers.
Email is still an application that is alive and kicking. Your web hosting account should come with a secure email option (or several emails) to suit your company’s needs. Your email should provide security and anti-spam solutions so your business doesn’t get into trouble.
The web hosting you choose for your business should fit into your future plans. It is essential to ensure that the hosting company you choose today will be able to meet or exceed your future needs in business. It should be able to grow with you. Look for features like VPS, or Dedicated Server choices. Ask how easy it is to upgrade your account as your website grows.
- User Reviews and Reputation
Do a Google search for the web hosting companies you’re looking at for your website. Use social media like Facebook and Twitter to find them and look at user reviews. Their customers will provide feedback on their products and services that will help you make an informed decision. That will cover things like how quickly they respond to support tickets or how easy they are to contact.
- Add-Ons and Features
Look at each web hosting and ask yourself what makes them special, or if they are special. What kind of incentive do they provide that helps you make your decision? Maybe they have sustainable solutions, free domain privacy, multiple data centers, or other add-ons and features that make you take a second look. Consider these offerings in your final decision.