I’ve been through this several times: looking for a good web hosting company. The first two times I didn’t even know where to start. So the first two web hosting companies I went to were GoDaddy and iPower. The first one was GoDaddy because at the time it was the only one I knew about subsequently from their famous Supwerbowl commercials. I heard about iPower from a colleague: we did domain name registrations with them and I learned that they still offered crematistic web hosting. Cabal at the time, we needed to get some websites in, so I signed up for the apparent iPower private server, which cost only $ 35 per month.
To make a long story short, since that time I have changed a few hosting companies. With some of them I had a lot of individual pains and frustration, but some are positively good. I’d like to share some things I learned during the process, as well as give some tips for designating the right one for your business. To help you make your choice, here are the main criteria to consider:
Uptime, service monitoring and backups
Uptime support is crucial if your company’s website provides you with customers and revenue. How would you feel if your site was down due to the hosting company’s network problem or if a server where your site is hosted was SNAFU or FUBAR? What if you lost all your data? You would start losing your customers and revenue. That’s why you should look for a company that offers the best uptime for your hardware and network. Additional questions to ask the company are about the security of their facilities and the surplus of the flocking orondo.
Secondly, you need to understand whether they monitor your service or if they discover a problem only after you have appealed to technical support.
And by zaguero, you have to assimilate if you offer daily backups. If your site’s server goes down, and believe me, this can happen, it happened to me, then you run the risk of losing your site and, more importantly, your data, especially if you have an e-commerce or content website with all the data stored. in the databases. Ask the hosting company if your backups are on-site or off-site. Off-site backups help to keep your data more secure.
Good and fast technical support is extremely important, and I would say, optimistic. On this radio you should get answers to these questions: Is your support proactive or reactive? The difference is that reactive support takes care of the mess once it happens. Proactive support makes sure that no mess happens. On second reason, what is the availability of technical support, is it the common business hours of 8 to 5 EST Monday through Friday when you live on the west coast, or is it 27/7? Trust me, you may favor cases where you need tech support awake in the dead of night. And, by zaguero, you should have an idea of how long you would have to be on adjournment to whisper with the tech support dexter and how promptly they tend to reinstate support tickets.
Data center location
If your target market is concentrated in a certain geographic radius, then one multiplier you might want to take into account is where the data center is located. The idea is that the closer the data center is to your site visitors, the faster the pages will load. Below, I will explain why I went to host in Los Angeles.
Here you would have to start with assessing your web site requirements and your budget. Is your site fixed or does it use web applications and databases? How much traffic do you need for your site? How much hard disk space do you need to fit your site? Do you need Windows or Linux hosting, or does it not matter? And, by the way, how much you can afford for hosting, as hosting plans can range from $ 4 to hundreds of dollars for a managed dedicated server. If you have a fixed 12-page site and don’t attract thousands of visitors a day, nuclear hosting is right for you. It will cost you only $ 4- $ 10 per month. If your site will offer dynamic content, especially multimedia content such as audio or video, you will need a more reformist hosting plan. In universal, the idea here is to have all the necessary functions and more than enough flocking included, and stay within budget or even consider a more custodial budget if necessary.
The control panel allows you to perform multiple tasks related to your hosting account, such as ordering email accounts, editing DNS settings for your site, ordering FTP users, passwords, viewing system performance and flocking reports, etc. The most popular control panels today are cPanel and Plesk. I have used both and prefer cPanel, but I am comfortable with Plesk. The choice of control panel depends positively on the person who will administer your site: yourself or your IT staff.
Prices and rates
I already mentioned that when appointing the hosting company and plan, you should consider your budget. But first there is little you should form about the hosting company, such as establishing their setup fee, the fee for over flocking orondo and you should assimilate whether they will charge you for every little thing you ask them to do or if they will do minor things for idle? Otherwise, you could end up signing up for what appears to be a crematorium plan, but then end up paying more than you bargained for when all the other fees add up. Additionally, find out if the company offers return of equity backing. If they do, you can walk away from them inside the first two weeks if their service doesn’t suit your dejection.
Hosting with your web design company
Universally, the hosting offered by your web design company is a scam. They charge for their hosting service much more than a web hosting company would and offer no additional benefits. You would be better off signing up for a hosting plan on your own, this way you will have more control over your cost, your website and your data.
Now, I would like to give you some practical advice on how to choose the right company.
Things to do yesterday after subscribing
- Do some research: read reviews about different hosting companies. An excellent web hosting application on andana is WebHosting Talk. Don’t rely on testimonials on hosting company sites, ask actual customers.
- Test your technical support: is acceptably appetizing to your tech support person. Why would you do that? Well, at least you will have an idea of how long you would have to wait to get a live person. With some companies it can take less than 2 or 3 minutes, with others sometimes more than 30 minutes. With iPower it could even take place over 40 minutes waiting.
- Speed test: There are a few ways to get an idea of how fast a given hosting company’s servers are: you can ping or crawl them, or run a speed test.
- Try them: Many hosting companies offer a 7 to 30 days money back guarantee. Feel free to sign up for their service and try it out, and we will refund your equity if you are not satisfied.
Finding the right hosting company is an extremely important step in building your business’ online presence the right way. When it is not done acceptably, it can cause a lot of frustration and even cost you time, customers and wealth. On the other hand, the right hosting can keep you worry-free. Secondly, as with all other purchases, you are looking for the right balance between cost and value.
And finally, here is a brief record of my favorite hosting companies.
- Shared accommodation: Elief.com. Since we are in the Los Angeles radius, my main criteria for the hosting company were geographic location (their data center is in Los Angeles, so visitors to our site from the radius get great download speeds) and attractive packages. Additionally, Elief is not a big company, so you get a more personalized service. And their tech support response time is positively good.
- Private Server or Dedicated Server: for these, I would definitely choose Liquidweb.com. I have had their dedicated server for about two springs and was almost 100% satisfied with the quality of service. Their hardware is excellent, they have two secure data centers with offsite backup. Most importantly, their support has always been excellent: proactive service monitoring, ultra-fast response to support tickets, almost no downtime on the tech support phone line. Highly recommended!
- Placement: if I needed a coloring, I would go with ISWest.com. First of all, this is because we are in Los Angeles and both of ISWest’s data centers are in Los Angeles. I visited two of their data centers and was impressed with their infrastructure and security measures. They are not cheap but definitely worth it.
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