It is impossible to run a business without a website today. In order to ensure that you do not run into constant problems with the site, it is important to select a good webhost. Here are some tips on selecting a host for your website:
- Know what you need – in order to narrow down the web hosting options out there you need to begin by having an understanding of your business’ needs. If you are looking to create a site with lots of pictures, video blogs, live streaming and the like then you will need several more features than a person whose website is text only. If you have lots of traffic, then a shared server may not be ideal for you. Such a server has been created to host many small websites with very few demands.
- Select your package wisely – Pricing should not be the only criteria by which you choose a package. Most small businesses tend to go with the cheapest one they can find but when they do so they risk having a very slow website and slow response times. When a customer comes across a slow website in this microwave world, they simply turn away. If you opt for a VPS (Virtual Private Server) then you will be able to experience faster speeds, better performance, higher quality and a much better customer experience.
- Read the Reviews – It is important to look at reputable websites and read the reviews given regarding a particular company. You want to partner with a company that has a good reputation and is known to be reliable. If the webhost has persistent complaints regarding particular consistent issues they may not be ideal. Pay attention to the responses given by the company and to their problem resolution.
- Bandwidth – Even though when you first set up your website you may not need lots of bandwidth, you may need it later on due to growth. It is important to ensure that you are not locked into a particular amount of bandwidth leading to additional charges should you need to scale up or revise the plan at a later date.
- Customer Support – Ensure that the customer support offered is spot on. You may need to test this ahead of time. You need to not how quickly and easily they can be contacted, if they have several avenues through which they can be reached and how fast they respond.
- Backup plan – Be sure to check on their back up plan in the event that your website goes down. Your website should be backed up. Additionally, should the internet go down what is their back up plan?