How to Choose a Web Host
Finding a host for your website can be a somewhat complex undertaking. That is not because there is a shortage of web hosting companies out there. The main problem is that there are so many things that you need to consider before making your pick. For the majority of people, the web hosting price constitutes the biggest consideration when choosing a web host. However, we, at Network Bees, believe that this is entirely the wrong approach.
The Wrong Approach
The decisions that you make when choosing a web host can have far reaching consequences for the success or failure of your site. Instead of thinking about web hosting price, here are the things that really matter in web hosting;
- Hosting Type: Cloud, Dedicated, Shared or VPS
Of course, many of the above factors do have a bearing on web hosting price. However, they are the things that you need to consider first. The reason for this is that they are what’s going to determine the success or failure of your venture.
Web Hosting Price
Another reason why web hosting price should not be a consideration when choosing a home for you site is that costs have, over the past few years, fallen so much across the board that they are no longer and issue. In fact, there are some web hosting companies out there that cost as much as $0.99 per month!
What to Consider When Choosing a Web Host
We have previously produced a detailed article on the things that you need to take into consideration when choosing a web host. Here are summaries of some of them;
Reliability is one the reasons why web hosting price should not be the primary of your considerations when choosing a host for your website.Your site is important to you, which means that it should be online 100% of the time. If you choose a host based on web hosting price, you may end up compromising on this fact.
Most of the major hosts that are out there come with the promise of an uptime that is over 99%. Others, such as DreamHost, even promise that your site will be up 100% of the time.
Uptime is important, particularly if you are going to to generate revenue. Any time that you spend with your website or blog offline translate into a potential loss of revenue.
Speed is another of the important things that you need to consider first, before even looking at the issue of web hosting price, when choosing a home for your blog. When it comes to Search Engine Optimization, there is evidence that pages that have faster load speeds both convert and are ranked better. This has become doubly important, nowadays when the majority of searches are now being made from mobile devices.
Google has not only stated that it uses page load speed as a ranking parameter, but also that it rewards sites that are optimized for mobile devices with higher rankings. Web hosts perform differently when it comes to speed. You should carry out research to find the one that will enable you to reach the goals that you have set for your site. This website is hosted by InterServer and it has, so far performed great in this regard.
Hosting Type: Cloud, VPS, Dedicated or Shared Hosting
Hosting type is another thing that you need to consider when it comes to web hosting. The major hosting types that are available at almost all Web Hosting Services Providers are Shared, Dedicated, VPS and Cloud Hosting. The choices that you make in this regard will ultimately have a bearing on the performance of your site.
- Shared Hosting: Though appropriate for most general purpose websites, tends to get bogged down as websites grow and receive an increased number of visitors.
- Dedicated Hosting: Hosting your site on dedicated servers allows you to have your own physical servers that are dedicated solely to your website. However, Dedicated Hosting does tend to be costly, since you are not sharing the overheads with anyone else.
- VPS Hosting: VPS hosting is the middle ground between shared and dedicated hosting. You have your own simulated dedicated hosting environment, whilst sharing the costs of running the infrastructure with other people. Consequently, hosting costs tend to be lower than is the case with Dedicated Hosting. You can read this article on Shared, VPS and Dedicated hosting for more information.
- Cloud Hosting: Cloud Hosting takes a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) approach, where your site is hosted on many servers, which eliminates downtime, and you only pay for the resources that you use. Read this article for more on the differences that exist between traditional and Cloud Hosting.
- The point here is that you should choose the option that best helps you achieve the goals that you have laid out for your site. While web hosting price is an obvious consideration, it should not be the primary of your concerns, if you are serious about your site.
Different web hosts come with different hosting features and this is another issue that you should take into consideration when choosing your host. The additional features that are offered by most web hosting companies include security, Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), Domains, Subdomain, bandwidth, amount of storage and many more.
You will find, as you carry out your research, that almost all of these features are important. However, not all hosting companies offer them free of charge. That is another reason why the advertised price should not lure you into signing up with a hosting company.
What most people do not realize is that, most of the time, the charges that are advertised by web hosting companies are not what you will actually end up having to pay. It is more than likely that you will pay more, for the simple reason that the additional features, such as security and domains, are not included in the quoted price.
It has to be said, however, that most of the web hosting companies that are out there provide you with a free domain that is valid for one year upon purchase of any of their hosting plans.
Support is, perhaps, the biggest issue about which people have complaints with regards to their web hosts. While hunting around for a home for your site, this is one issue that you need to seriously consider. At some point in the future, your site may encounter problems, and when that happens, it is important for you to be able to talk to someone who is both willing and able to help you.
Another of the many factors that determine whether your web pages are going to be blazing fast or sluggish is the issue of infrastructure. What kind of set up does the company that you are considering have and how good are the available technologies? These are the questions that you need to ask yourself when choosing a web host. Where possible, go for a site that has SSD servers, since these can be up to 200% faster than conventional servers.
As mentioned earlier, web hosting price should be the least of your considerations when choosing a host for your site. That is particularly the case if you are serious about taking your website or blog forward. Web hosting already costs so little as it is that you should not be lured by the promise of having your site hosted for a $1 or for free.
We are not saying, however, that the cheapest hosting companies are not good. In fact, this website is hosted by InterServer, which is one of the cheapest hosts that can be found out there. We have, however, not had any major issues during the time that my site has been hosted by the company. What we are saying is that, whatever is charged, it’s important for you to carry out proper research on your shortlisted hosts before signing up.