How to choose the right web hosting provider?

It can be a daunting and time-consuming task of trying to find a website host which will meet all your needs. There are so many options on the market when it comes to website hosting which offers different features dependent on the user’s needs. No need to feel intimidated or confused as we have put together a list of top tips for choosing the right host for you.

Understanding your hosting needs

Users have different reasons for wanting a host so it’s worth looking into the one that benefits you the most. Things to consider could be does your website use special software? Or how much traffic are you expecting to flow through? It’s a good idea to keep in mind how you see your website progressing in 12 months’ time so you have room to upscale if required.  If it’s your first time using a website hosting it may be worth considering one which offers an added level of support to users.

Uptime scores and server reliability

As the internet can be accessed 24/7 by people all over the world it is important to have a web host which has consistent network connections and stable servers. On average users can expect 99.95% as a minimum baseline to work from. That is not to say you should rule out shared web hosts or reseller hosting as they are able to support a pretty impressive 40,000 unique visitors monthly. However, if you are expecting a high volume of traffic on your site then consider the scope to upgrade to premium accounts in the future may be beneficial.

Pricing

Often sign up fees are heavily discounted, up to 80%, to entice potential customers to sign up. However, the renewal price can jump up by 100% which when paying monthly can be a big increase. So, make sure to check out the renewal price before signing up. The only real way to avoid these pricey renewal costs is to swap hosts every two years or so. Other things to check out is what they include in the price and what you will have to pay extra for. Some hosts may also charge ridiculously high cancellation fees if outside the trial period. To avoid this, make sure you are aware of the policy, it can range from 14-day to 90-day money back guarantee period.

Backups

Although web hosting providers go to great lengths to protect users and prevent failures, such as equipment faults or hackers, is important that you choose a host that provides a full back up regularly. So, in the worst case scenario, the host should be able to restore your site and all your hard work isn’t lost forever. Another option is to restore backed-up files yourself so you don’t have to wait for support from the host. But be aware, not all hosts will have this option.

Support

Users will vary in the support they require from a host. If you are at the beginning of your journey you may require an added level of support to get you started.  This can be achieved through telephone, email or the most popular option, the live chat. Hosts have a range waiting times for customers to seek advice and this may also vary depending what option you choose. On average, live chat has faster response times than emails. This is something to be aware of if you are requiring instant support as opposed to waiting a day or two.

There we have it, these are our 5 key points to keep in mind when searching for the perfect host for your website.