There’s a popular perception that all website hosting services are created equal, but this is simply not the case. Some companies are better than others in terms of customer service, server reliability, cost and other factors.
How to Choose the Right Website Hosting Provider
First and foremost, you need to consider what your website’s traffic and needs will likely be over the course of the upcoming year. If your website is newer and smaller (under 40,000 unique page visits a month) you might consider using a shared server to keep your hosting costs to a minimum. However, you may need a virtual private server (VPS) or dedicated server for your website depending on size, traffic, or security considerations. Most server companies offer 24/7 service and support – what sets the best apart will be their ability to scale to your needs and to consistently ensure your site is online and functional.
Whatever the size and use of your website, be it a storefront or a blog, you want to consider different hosting providers based on:
- Server reliability (you should expect upward of 99% when it comes to uptime)
- Ability to scale to your needs (grow with you when your traffic grows and allow the addition of multiple domain names over time)
- Long-term pricing
- Built-in tools such as anti-spam or e-mail marketing options
- Whether or not you need a site builder add-on (and its cost)
Some companies offer great rates initially but then increase the price substantially after your first year with them. Do your research now and avoid frustration and being overcharged down the line.
What Are the Best Hosting Companies and How Do They Compare?
GoDaddy is one of the best known and most used website hosting companies. They manage over 60 million domain names for over 13 million customers. They offer competitive pricing and scale their services up with the needs of their clients. They offer a 99.9% uptime guarantee and have global data centers, ensuring quick connections.
If you’d like something a little more personalized, ASmallOrange has shared hosting plans starting at $5 per month with the cost of your domain included. They also offer their clients a 99.9% uptime guarantee, meaning that their servers and therefore your website will very rarely, if ever, experience interruptions and downtime. Their smallest plans offer 5 GB of storage and 50GB of bandwidth, and they scale all the way up to Enterprise packages that include 1,000 GB of bandwidth and free SSL certification.
Another big name, HostGator, offers the same uptime promise while providing a wide assortment of hosting packages, from small starter packages at $3.45 per month to WordPress hosting, cloud hosting, and dedicated servers. This award-winning company has great customer reviews and offers a 45-day guarantee for new clients.
Overall, though, there are many hosting companies to choose from, all of which vary in price, ease of use, and compatibility with different content management systems such as WordPress. Here are two great articles from Cloudwards and Who Is Hosting This? on web hosting reviews that rates other popular hosting sites such as:
Getting Started with Your Website
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