Web Hosting Choices for Your Website
There is a lot of choice when it comes to choosing a web hosting company for your website.
Whether you are just starting out and creating a website for the first time, or moving your existing website to a new host, the problem is the same.
So many choices, and they all start to seem the same after a while.
That is why in this post I want to show you some of the things you need to watch out for and also I will give you a recommendation regarding hosting just to help you sort through all the chaff.
Web Hosting Recommendation
One of the first things you need to understand when heading out and choosing a web hosting company is which hosting company to choose.
So to start off with, I am going to recommend a hosting company that many of my customers use and that is SiteGround Web Hosting. If you want to read a review, check out this detailed review of Siteground. This author covers a lot of details. What is included and what is not. And what things they have which really make them stand out.
But now, having given you my recommendation, I want to move on with the meat and potatoes of this post – the features.
Web Hosting Features
Consideration of web hosting comes down to a number of things, but mostly it is features.
The problem is that most of them offer the same features such as:
- shared hosting (which means you have your website on the same server as others – sharing resources)
- 24/7 support (email, phone and chat)
- cPanel for maintaining and changing your website
- Support for web builders including CMSs like WordPress
- unlimited traffic and bandwidth (although not always the case)
- email accounts (although I would recommend that you forward your email to a Google Business account)
So many of these things are the same on almost all hosting company, and they way that they compete is to offer cheap prices. But watch out for this, because often the prices are super cheap for the first year, and then go up a lot the next. Although you could move your site every year and not have a problem with such conditions. I recommend you find a reasonably priced hosting company from the start.
There are some additional features which companies like Siteground offer which although also on shared hosting, can really make the difference to a small business and website owner like you and I.
What are these features, well, let\s take a look.
One of the biggest, which can help WordPress and Joomla websites as far as I know, is caching. This basically makes a simple copy of your pages so that it is a lot faster when your visitors see your pages. No other hosting company offers this kind of thing. And given speed is a huge thing for websites, this is really a helpful feature.
Another thing that many do not offer, or at least in a helpful way is backups. Siteground offers daily backups and keeps 30 days worth for you. So if you get hacked or mess up your website in any way, they can help you to restore the site to a copy where everything was good.
Of course some hosting companies also have lots of downtime. I experienced this with cheaper hosting in the past. But so far, my customers have been happy with Siteground.
Choosing a web hosting company is hard, but if you take a look and compare the features you will probably end up with a great hosting company like Siteground in the end. If you have any questions about my experience, be sure to leave a comment.