Selecting the right web hosting solution for your online business is a daunting task.
With all the claims and offers presented to you by different hosting companies, how can you decide which one is right for you?
You can consider this article as a follow-up to my last article. You can view it as a follow-up because over the years I’ve realised that one area some business owners don’t pay enough attention to when it comes to their online presence is their web hosting solution.Choosing the right hosting company is paramount to having a robust online presence. Click To Tweet
When it comes to paid web hosting solution, the following are some of the things you have to give serious consideration:
Types of Hosting Solution
The first thing you need to do is to decide what kind of solution you need.
Do you want a free hosting solution or a commercial hosting solution?
A free hosting solution will be ideal if you want to host a website for projects with no significant long-term goals, etc.
If this is the hosting solution that you’re looking for, then I’m afraid this article is not for you… please move on! Close this browser window now!!
But if you are serious about your online presence and thinking of hosting a website for your business, a paid hosting solution is your best bet. With a paid hosting solution you get more options.
You can choose from Shared Web Hosting, Cloud-Based Web Hosting, Virtual Private Server (VPS), Dedicated Web Server, Colocation Web Hosting, Self Service Web Hosting and Managed WordPress Hosting.
The cost of these varies from one provider to another. But don’t be a cheapskate and make cost your only determining factor. There are other things to consider.
Stability and Reliability
Be sure that the company you intend to host your site or blog can offer you a stable and reliable solution.
Visit their website to view to learn more about them. Look for a list of the clients or client testimonials.
Are their clients credible and reliable people or businesses? Check out the websites of these clients, are they online or down? All these would help you form a better opinion of the company.
If they have an online chat facility on their site, try to engage their chat operator in a discussion to see if they are courteous, friendly and knowledgeable.
Pick up the phone and call their support lines (at night) to see if anyone answers and if they are courteous and friendly.
You never can tell when you might need tech support in the middle of the night!
Search Google to find out more about the company and if anyone has written anything positive or negative about their service.
Visit web hosting forums and ask about your desired company to see if anyone has had any bad experience with them.
Find out if they are a new company or have been in business for many years. It’s often better to go with a company that’s tried and tested.
Being a new company does not mean that there are no new companies out there offering great hosting solutions.
How much storage space do you need? Well if you’ve already designed your website, you should have an idea of the total size of storage space you would need.
It’s always a good idea to add 50% or more extra storage space to the total size of your website files, to accommodate the expected growth of your website.
Do not be lured by hosting solution providers who claim to offer “unlimited” storage space. It is a marketing gimmick to attract novice clients.
The average client does not need more than a couple of gigabytes of space at most!
In trying to calculate the amount of bandwidth for a website its advisable to multiply the total size of your site by 10 to arrive at the amount of bandwidth that will be suitable for your site.
Here again, some companies may claim to offer you “unlimited” bandwidth. So be wise.
Flexibility And Ease of Use
It’s best to go for a company that offers you flexibility and ease of you to your hosting account.
Your hosting provider should make available all the necessary hardware and software to enable you to upload, track and support your website with relative ease.
Your hosting provider must also have qualified tech support to help you out for when something goes wrong.
Things can and often do go wrong, so you need to make sure you have a hosting provider that’s there for you always.
Choosing the right hosting company is paramount to having a robust online presence.
At Mauco Enterprises, we can help you find professional, reliable and affordable web hosting solutions to help you grow your business.
Contact us if you need help finding the right solution for your needs. We will be glad to help.