Which web host should I choose?
I want to explain web hosting before getting into hosting services. A website needs to be placed on a Web Server to be available on the Internet (or the world wide web). Web hosts are companies that lease Server space and accompanying technology to make your website accessible on the Internet. Choosing a web host need not be difficult, but it does require a little research. As a beginner, price is a factor for choosing web hosting, so we need to consider this in the search for the right provider. But the three main factors to take into count after the price are website security, website speed and hosting support.
Website speed is one of the criteria for a great website. We all know that if a site doesn’t load within a couple of seconds, the majority of users will move on. Your site and business will lose trust. To maintain prominent search engine ranking also requires that a website load fast. So how do you achieve this?
The web hosting company where your website “lives” is responsible for making your website load more quickly. If your site is not performing as you expect, contact your web host company and ask them if there is something that can be changed to improve the website speed. The factors to research when considering a top-notch web hosting company and to assure you get excellent website speed are, firstly, the quality of the server, secondly the cache setup, and thirdly perhaps the size of the disc space.
Website security includes a bunch of features such as an SSL certificate, backup and scanning. You can tell if your site has an SSL certificate by looking at the beginning of your domain name. Here it should have a small lock icon and an “s” on the end of the http (e.g. https://www.examplewebsite.com.au). When you hover on the lock icon, you will see it says “verified by such and such company”. Hence that company verifies the domain as a legitimate site. The other security features mentioned above help against hackers and malware that can break your website. Check that the web hosting company you are considering offers these critical features in their hosting package.
One of the reasons for hosting support is to aid you if your website goes down for any length of time. If your web host company offers 24/7 support, you know you can call them in the middle of the night when you noticed your site is down. Or perhaps you are updating your content yourself, and you added a feature such as a plugin and everything crashed.
There are, of course, different types of support. Some hosting companies only offer support to experienced developers. In contrast, others are happy to make the changes you require if you don’t understand what is wrong. It’s a good idea to check this detail before signing. Having the support and daily backups factored into the cost of your hosting gives you peace of mind.
To sum up, compare web hosting companies in your budget that include a quality server, cache setup, SSL certificate, backup, scanning and 24/7 hosting support. Also, you might consider a product-specific host, such as WordPress hosting. In other words, hosting that understands the ins-and-outs of your site coding. If you are unsure about any of this or want it set up right for you, we would be happy to assist. Ask us about hosting.
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