How To Choose A Web Host

The best idea in the world is meaningless if you can’t communicate it.

In our digital world, communication is synonymous with online access. If you have an idea and you want others to know about it, then you need hosting you can trust. For many, this will mean having the features and customer service that comes with a fantastic web hosting company.

When you are in the process of choosing Web Hosting, keep the following things in mind.

1. Treat Hosting Like You Would Any Other Service Your Company Needs

Hosting is like any other industry out there. You will have a lot of options for shared Hosting, VPS hosting, and dedicated servers. The quality of those services will change depending on who is providing them and how much you are willing to pay.

Just like when it comes to buying a car, you don’t always want to go for the least expensive car in the lot. Rather, you want to find a service that perfectly matches your hosting needs.

In addition, having options to broaden or shrink your coverage based on need will keep you paying only for what you use. Taking time to identify the right company will help you out significantly in the long-term.

2. Availability Is Key

Again, your ideas or products cannot be examined if they cannot be seen. When choosing web hosting, keep in mind that uptime is extremely important.

Uptime has to do with the amount of time the servers are up and available for people to click on. Every server has to go offline, but limiting that time can increase the chance of people accessing your website.

Whether you are using shared, VPS, or dedicated hosting, the amount of uptime your server has guarantees your availability.

3. Responsive & Helpful Customer Support Is Very Important

With any type of hosting having responsive customer support means that your issues can be addressed sooner.

When issues include having limitations to the accessibility and availability of your content, having someone get back to you and solve your problems is crucial to your business.

With shared hosting, VPS hosting, and even dedicated servers, customer support will go a long way to smoothing out the process of hosting your content.

We’ll say it again, choosing web hosting based on customer support is critical.

4. There is No Correlation Between Size & Quality

Yes, we are still talking about hosting here.

It is often assumed that larger web hosting companies are better capable of providing superior services. This is not always the case.

While they may be able to offer you a better deal on rates, they will often offer you less options with shared hosting and VPS hosting.

In addition, customer support will, on average, be worse with the much larger companies. Medium sized companies (not the biggest players but also not the brand new ones) on the other hand have an incentive to hold on to every customer and provide a superior level of service as a result. At the same time, very small companies may not be able to provide every service you are looking for and may not have the resources needed to provide you with the level of support you require.

Choosing web hosting companies located somewhere in between (in terms of size) can mean getting the perfect solution and price for your needs.

5. Identity & Branding Are Important And Say A Lot

When choosing web hosting companies, take a moment to review how the company self identifies.

Do they take a lot of pride in showing off a brand that is sleek, streamlined, and easy to navigate? Do they work to provide superior level services and then promote those services?

While two hosting companies can have the same services for the same price on paper, the experience can be dramatically different depending on how the hosting company identifies their brand.

A lot of this comes down to a hosing company’s approach towards their clients and server space. For example, companies that prioritize space and the experience for their customers will be able to react much quicker to the needs of their clientele.

Regardless of whether or not they deal with dedicated servers, VPS hosting or shared hosting, a company that is willing to go the extra mile for you is one worth holding on to (yes,even if they cost a little more and yes, we may be talking about ourselves, among other great providers to consider).

Choosing Web Hosting Companies The Right Way

As you can see in the above guide, there is a lot to consider when choosing web hosting.

Along with the type of hosting you want (dedicated servers, shared hosting, VPS hosting, etc.), there is also the overall quality of the company.

As you will be relying on their professionalism to maintain the servers and guarantee up time, finding the right company for your needs is a very big decision that cannot be taken lightly. That is why we work hard to provide you with the information you need to make an informed choice.

Considering us as your hosting provider? Send us a message and your personal agent will get back to you very shortly.

Posted by Franco Ostendorf

Franco Ostendorf
Franco is a senior personal agent who joined the Maple-Hosting team in 2009. Franco's hobbies include technology, marketing, playing soccer (and sometimes even watching) and yes, also long walks on the beach. Franco is a guru in a wide variety of fields such as cyber security, business growth & management, system administration and more.

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