When I read a good article, I tend to share it and express my own views on it. Today, I’m going to talk about something that most people know about, but also something that they really don’t know much about – website hosting.
How To Find The Best Website Host
Finding the right website hosting company to host your website is as crucial as the content and SEO. Having a reliable hosting company to host the website means your online business or blog remains accessible and safe throughout the year. If you are already using a host but facing problems or have no idea what are the crucial technologies, features and needs of a reliable and fast website, here are some very important tips to keep in mind:
Good customer support is the foundation of any good website host
If you are running a website that is accessed globally, remember, the internet never sleeps. People from different countries operate on the internet at different times. This means you need to have your website up and running 24/7. But what happens if it suddenly goes off without warning? You access the customer support of your website hosting company and start to deal with the issue. But what if we tell you not all website hosts provide 24/7 customer support? And some even take days to resolve an issue? During this time, you are losing critical leads and business. So before signing any contracts with a website host, make sure you have tested their customer services response time and availability.
Research and know about the different hosting options provided
Did you know that there are various kinds of web hosting options available? Hosting options like dedicated servers, shared servers, Virtual Private Server and Managed Web hosting have different benefits and disadvantages. Understand the needs of your website and business then look for an appropriate option.
Do not keep the cost as your only deciding factor
As the popular saying goes, ‘you get what you pay for’. A serious business does not compromise on down times or problem with the servers. If your website isn’t large and particularly doesn’t generate titan traffic, it can be hosted on a shared server. But if you are attracting huge traffic and run a business that is always producing sales, there is a high chance a shared server might not be able to withstand such kind of load. Since shared services are cheaper, a lot of people tend to use this option. We say don’t make the costs a deciding factor. Even if you have to pay a huge upfront cost for a dedicated server, you should consider it because it ensures your website stays up 24/7 and can withstand heavy traffic load.
Uptime track record is crucial
Uptime is extremely important for a website. So as an online business owner, always work with a host that takes uptime seriously. An uptime of 99% is mandatory if you want to be successful online. So don’t settle for hosts that cannot provide a solid uptime.
Look at the reputation
There are several hundred website hosting companies willing to host your website. Don’t settle for a name that doesn’t have enough reputation. Visit online communities and find out who has the best reputation and for what reasons it has that reputation. Then carefully pick an option.