Web hosting, love them or hate them (really, really hate them) they are a necessary evil that you have to deal with if you are the owner of a WordPress.org website. They always seem to have their hands out every time you collect that $3.89 you make in advertising. It’s a conspiracy I tell you! Just a vicious cycle of “give and take” that is stuck on take.
Why do I even need web hosting?
Why do you even need web hosting? Well, that’s sort of like asking if you need a house? Well yes, yes you do. Say your website is your house (even if sometimes it feels more like a dungeon) and that would make the internet the open road. The path to excitement and riches…or more likely fees) then your web hosting is your driveway. It allows your website (home) to reach the open road (internet).
What should you look for in a web hosting company?
Your web host is a very influential, but mostly hidden, first impression of your website to your visitors. ~Andrew Epperson from Lieberman Technologies.
Low prices should not be your deciding factor when it comes to your web hosting service.
By taking your time and investing in the best web host to suit your needs, you not only ensure the visibility of your website, but you can sleep peacefully knowing your most important sales tool is being well cared-for and watched over.
~ SAME AUTHOR AS ABOVE
Mr. Epperson recommends basing your decision on these three things:
- Does your website go down often or at all?
- Does your website load slowly?
- Does your website perform poorly during peak times or at certain times of the day?
How do you get web host support?
- Do you make a phone call?
- Can you send an email?
- Do you have an account manager?
- Can you visit them in person?
- Do you know if your website is being backed up?
- Do you know what is being backed up?
- Do you know how often backups are being created and for how long are they stored?
Business News Daily author Brett Nuckles has some added features that he thinks are important that you should look for when choosing a web hosting company.
- Price (again that should NOT be the deciding factor. Remember the old saying, “you get what you pay for”?
- Do they provide tools to help you build your website?
- Make sure you have access to a control panel
- Shopping carts if you sell on the web.
Most hosts allow you to set up an online shopping cart for your business’s website, but some make you pay extra for the feature. Others set a cap on the number of items that can be placed in your inventory; if you want to expand, you’ll have to pay more. ~Brett Nuckles Business Daily News
- Unlimited mailboxes
- 1-click APP installs
- 24/7 Tech support
An article that I found on Web Host Secret Revealed would add the features as well:
- Server reliability and Uptime scores
- Server upgrading options
- Multiple add-on domains
- Pricing (Hosting signup VS renewal fee)
- Refund policy
- Cron jobs, auto script installer, .htaccess, and SSI (You need Cron for day-in-day-out operations, Auto Script Installer (like Fantastico, Simple Scripts, Quick Installer, Softaculous, Installatron, and so on) for easy web apps installations and updates, .htaccess access for security/page redirects/etc purposes, Server Side Include (SSI) for easier site maintenance (especially when you are building a static site), and FTP access for easy file transfer.
- Ignore disk space & Data transfer capacity for now.
- e-commerce features
- An easy-to-use hosting control panel
So now that you know why you need web hosting and what to look for when choosing a company here is the list of top 10 Web Hosting Companies according to the experts.
- Ehost.com $2.75 a month (introductory offer regularly $5.50)
- Ipage.com $1.99 monthly
- Bluehost.com $2.95 monthly
- Hostgator.com $3.95 monthly
- Justhost.com $2.50 monthly
- Fatcow.com $3.15 monthly
- HostClear.com $2.99 monthly
- Yahoo.com $3.75 monthly
- Ideahost.com $2.99 monthly
- GoDaddy.com $3.49 monthly
I have to say I don’t agree with all of this and of course, there are a few I don’t even know, but I would never recommend Hostgator to one of my clients or friends. I would also add a few. These are my personal favorites: I also have to say that I’ve had to deal with Bluehost a few times lately and the customer support has vastly improved over the last year.
If you are looking for a more thorough review of hosting plans go to Cloudwards.net for their informative list of hosting company reviews. You can find that HERE. They provide reviews for programs that are essential to running an online business or blog.
I was recently contacted by Jordan over at Cloudwards.net who provided me with a very valuable web hosting resource called, “Cheap Web Hosting Guide: 19 Secrets Nobody on The Payroll Will Tell You” and explains SO much of what other resources don’t. Check it out!
Now that you are in the know about your web hosting you can make an informed decision about your web hosting company. Next, I’ll be talking about mail service! There’s another love/hate relationship for you! I’m a Mailchimp girl, but I drool with envy over Convert Kit every once in a while!
*There are a few affiliate links scattered throughout this page. If you purchase a web hosting package then I will earn a small commission. My opinions are all mine (nobody else wanted them!).
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