When it comes to hosting companies you have to be very careful that they are aware of the implications of SEO.
Not all of them are schooled in the complexities of such arrangements, so it pays to do your research before you commit to one for your business.
Which Companies Are Good At SEO and Hosting
We have a little experience with both generic and specialised hosting companies and want to help you to understand which is the best for you.
So, before we delve into the more generic, of which there are many, let’s take a look at some of the more specific ones you might encounter.
Non-Profit Blackbaud Hosting
When we spoke to them regarding some of the requirements of one of our non-profit clients they were very specific in what they could provide.
As we all know, backup is crucial for any hosting company, so that goes without saying. But speed is definitely on the radar of Google these days, and they have a specific page dedicated to it as you might know.
The guys at concourse are using state of the art SSDs so you can be sure that anything you host with them is lightening fast – which is great for SEO.
They also have built in HTTPS which is another SEO factor that Google has been looking at, especially since last year.
Fast WordPress Hosting
Traffic Planet are one of the best when it comes to providing start of the art SSD hosting, which as we mentioned above is great for SEO, and also, for your customers (who have no patient when it comes to the internet these days!).
They provide one of the fastest hosting environments for all WordPress related websites, which you may have heard are now hosting close to 27% of all websites today.
So, if you are looking for a great hosting company for your wordpress installation, they might be worth looking at.
Another option that is worth considering in this area, although a little expensive for most, is WPEngine. Check them out for sure if you want really tight security and extreme support. Just be aware that they are not only expensive, but also restrict a lot of the things you can do with your plugins. Not something that everyone would want or tolerate.
Other Generic Hosting Companies
We have covered these guys before in a previous post, but they are worth mentioning again as one of the best in the low-end market – Siteground are our go to hosting company for cheap hosting in almost any flavour.
The great thing about a company like them is that you can start off cheap, but still insanely well supported, and then move up if and when you site grows and needs it. We use them for most of our clients that don’t have the money to spend on high-end support.
Other Factors in SEO Hosting
Here are some other factors that we think are important in any hosting that you might want to consider:
- reliable and daily backups for up to 30 days consecutively
- unlimited traffic and bandwidth
- limits on how much others can consume in a shared environment (or at least scaling)
- support (is it just chat, or email, or is there phone)
- support availability 24/7 or just weekdays
- tech know-how in the type of CMS or other system you are hosting.
Of course there might be a lot more that you specifically need, but these are just the ones that came to mind for us.
So, when it comes to finding the right host, considering SEO or not, we always look at quality over price as in the end you will pay with downtime or problems, even if you are saving a little more.
Before you take on your next hosting project or change, have a serious think about who you are going to go with and more importantly, why!