Finding a reliable web hosting company for your website could be very confusing – there are just so many of them, all promising different wonderful features.
It’s hard because you have to pick just one – and that one choice could make the difference between success or frustration for your website. In this post, I will share with you 7 things I look at while choosing a web host.
reliable web hosting is very important
Choosing the right hosting company for your website is very critical to your overall online success. Since all your files will be stored on their server, you want to make sure you, and your visitors, will have no problems accessing the files at any time.
Some features web hosts provide, such as speed and uptime, go a long way to affect your search engine rankings. It is very important you choose a web host that understands your needs and are committed to ensuring you get all the support and visibility you need.
2 weeks ago, I committed an error which wiped out my entire website. This whole blog, just gone! A few minutes later, I was back online like nothing ever happened.
My hosting company has a 24/7 live chat support. Not only did they talk me through, in real-time, what to do, they helped me restore my site database and I was back online – only about 30 minutes had elapsed from contact to satisfaction.
I will tell you my web host in a minute. I will also recommend a few companies who provide excellent hosting services at affordable cost. But imagine for a second what could have happened if I had lost my blog – months of hard work – because I chose a web host that did not live up to standards. Just imagine that.
Before I give you my personal recommendation for reliable web hosting, I will share with you 7 things you should consider before signing up with any company. I call them the litmus test of web hosting. You should stay away from any company that does not meet these 7 criteria.
a reliable web hosting company should have these 7 features
You should choose a web host that has been around for a while and make sure they have positive reviews from customers. Most of the reviews you will read on the internet are written by affiliates so it is difficult to pick out honest reviews among the bunch. At the very least, check for signs that show credibility like a physical address, testimonials, company information and a dedicated customer support helpline.
If you encounter a technical problem at 1 in the morning, do you have immediate access to your web host support or do you submit a ticket and wait? I know from experience that some technical issues (like a crash) just cannot wait.
A reliable web hosting company should be available to assist you anytime of the day. Some web hosts will require you to submit a ticket and wait for a representative to get back to you. Some will have a cumbersome support system that you are better off not contacting them at all, leaving you on your own. Choose a web host that offers you 24/7 phone support in addition to online chats and support tickets.
Nobody waits for a website to load in 2017. Not only that, sites that load faster rank better in search engines because they tend to have lower bounce rates. To keep your potential customers and get good search engine traffic, you need a web host that offers you speed. In 2017, speed is everything.
Choose a company that has at least 99% uptime. Uptime is the amount of time your website is available online without a break in service. Web users get turned off with sites that are online today and offline tomorrow. A reliable web hosting company will keep your website online so your visitors can reach you.
There are 2 things to consider when you look at the price a web host offers. First is the first-time fee. Second is the renewal price. First-time fees for web hosting services are always relatively very low. You need to double-check what the price will be when you renew your subscription.
A reliable web hosting company should pay special attention to security to keep hackers at bay. Things like enforcing a strong password policy and brute force attack protection are ways to keep your account and secure. A reliable web host understands this. My web host scans my files regularly for malware and such. Keeping your files secure should be at the top of your hosting company’s list.
Money back guarantee
If you are not satisfied with a particular web host’s services, you should get your money back. It’s as simple as that.
When I started this blog, I chose IPage as my hosting providers and I have not had one reason to regret my choice. They have the lowest first-time fee ($1.99/month) with an amazing 24/7 support system. The uptime is impressive – in 9 months I have had just 3 downtimes and 2 of those were my own doing. Talk about 99.9% uptime!
If you are looking for great features at cheap price, I recommend you look no further than IPage. Their only downside is, their renewal fee is a little bit higher than others ($11/month). I signed up for 2 years so I enjoy their great deal for longer. Totally worth it!
I have also used Hostgator and Bluehost for my clients with excellent results. They both have cheap first-time prices and their renewal prices are great too. Hostgator and Bluehost have a user-friendlier c-panel than IPage.
I secured a 25% discount deal with Hostgator. You can get a 25% discount on all hosting plans if you use my special coupon code: NAIJAENT25.
If you just want to try out Hostgator services and know if they are right for you, you can get a full one month hosting services for just $0.01. Use this coupon code: NAIJAENT1C. However, you start paying regular fees ($8/month) after the first month.
If you need any help setting up with any of these hosting companies or you have any questions about my user experience with these web hosting companies, I’m always happy to hear from you.
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