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Which hosting provider should you choose

  Wednesday December 26, 2018   /     6:40 am

Try doing a search for hosting providers and you will be flooded with close to a million listings on Google for companies that provide hosting space for websites. The question is which one is the best for you. Are you looking for speed, reliability or just plain on “low costs”? Believe me when I say that there are countless options for all.

One of the primary factors to choose a good hosting provider is what type of site/application do you want to host. If you are looking to host a standard WordPress site then a basic hosting with a service like Godaddy or Hostgator is good enough. If you want to host a high-end woocommerce site then I suggest that you go with Fasthosts or Rackspace.

For high-end applications that require large databases and efficient support, one should go for Amazon AWS or Google Cloud. The reason why these to services have become so popular in the last few years is that they hardly have any downtime and the servers a super quick with no compromise on quality.

Hosting can also be tricky when it comes to deciding which package to choose from. VPS and dedicated servers are a good choice to make, as more than one domain and website can be hosted on them. Usually, companies that have sensitive data prefer going with dedicated servers as shared servers usually have a danger of getting hacked which cause frustration and tend to get more expensive in the long run.

Some of the factors to be kept in mind while using a hosting provider are:

  • Support: Do they provide 24/7 customer support? Do they have online chat support? How quickly do support staff answer queries?
  • Back up: Do they have a method/system of taking regular backups? Is this service free or paid? Backups are very important as sometimes sites crash due to malware or hack attempts.
  • Malware intimations: Some hosting providers like Fasthosts send a mail to clients informing them about files that they think may contain malware. This is a very important service as sometimes malware can be missed by local machine scanning software as well.

All said, make sure that you do a little bit of research yourself before investing in a new hosting provider. A good server will keep your site up and not cause any stress. As I say, Invest in good IT and let it make money for you.