Finding the right web host makes all the difference between running a successful online business and wondering why your site isn’t living up to its potential.
We use different website hosts for different projects, depending on the needs of the client and the size of the website being worked on. Here are a few things to know about the type of web hosting that will serve your site the best.
Know What You Want
You can’t get what you need unless you know what you want. So, this means going over the parameters of what your site should be and selecting the right hosting company who can meet such expectations.
- What type of website do you want?
- Do you want a simple blog or site, such as WordPress?
- Are Windows applications important?
- Does your website require special software?
- What volume of traffic do you desire?
You will need to know the answers to those questions and more when evaluating the needs of your site. We can help you make the right choice based on the options available.
Web Hosting Basics
There are certain areas where a web hosting company should perform at a high level. This means that any hosting company that fails to do the following should be skipped in your search.
- Over 99% Uptime
- Excellent customer service
- Upgrade options for when your site grows
- Reasonable monthly or yearly pricing
Different types of website hosting
There are four basic types of hosting that you should consider for your website.
Shared: Cheap and easy to maintain. Limited in power and control.
Cloud: Flexible and cost efficient. Steep learning curve.
VPS: Excellent control and power. Expensive.
Dedicated: Ultimate in power and control. Very high costs
Most will start with a shared or cloud hosted site which is certainly understandable. Just be sure that your site will have the room needed to grow.
We usually recommend that a regular website is cloud hosted and segregated. This provides some of the best of both worlds, with excellent speed and security, and plenty of customisation options if necessary without the price getting too expensive.
The Importance Of Speed
Download speed / page load time is crucial to your web hosting needs, starting with the fact that the slower your site downloads, the more people will leave before it is completed. The download speed contributes to the impression that you have a well-maintained site which boosts your business brand.
Part of what makes a good web host is the ability to provide timely backups to your site. This means that everything is kept up-to-date, so that your site maintains its status on the web. You do not want your site to appear outdated, slow, or lacking in the latest updates which affects its performance. That’s why you want a web hosting company that is dedicated to ensuring the success of your site.
You may also consider self-hosting as well, which provides you with greater flexibility. However, it also means far more work on your part to maintain your site.
Whether you are looking for guidance on website hosting or would like to speak to us about your options, please get in touch.