10 Tips For Finding the Right Web Host For Your Blog Or Business
10 Tips for Finding the Right Web Host
One of the most important things that often gets overlooked when starting a blog, online business or a website is the web hosting. In order for your website to be seen on the Internet, you’ll need use a suitable hosting provider. This may sound simple in the beginning but as your website gets more popular, you may find your user requirements may change. Read more for my 10 tips for finding the right web host for your blog or business.
The web host is the backbone of any website and without it, the site couldn’t be accessed or even be seen. There are many hosts out there but when it comes to finding the right web host, most people may opt for the free or the cheapest option available.
I’m not saying this is the wrong approach but if you want to take your blog or website seriously, it’s best to choose a reliable host from the beginning to avoid possible nightmares or headaches further down the line.
For VC Marketing and many of my other websites, I use Tsohost as my main web host, who I’ve been with for many years. From my experience with them, they have provided me great technical support when I needed it, near zero downtime with my websites and offer affordable packages to suit most users and businesses.
Here are my 10 tips for finding the right web host for your blog or business, so you can avoid possible future nightmares:
1. Your requirements
Different users and businesses will have different requirements for what they want from a hosting provider. So it’s important to list your own requirements and compare with different web hosting providers to see if they can satisfy your needs.
2. Shop around
Before parting your cash with one provider, it’s important to shop around and compare different web hosting providers. By shopping around, you can potential save some money, receive more features and find a more reliable host.
3. Reviews and feedback
Before signing up with a web host, you can gage the experiences from other users to determine how good a web host is. So it’s important to research reviews and feedback to see how other users have found using the web host. If users are reporting negative or bad experiences with a particular web host, you can potentially avoid a technical nightmare by avoiding them. Or if users are reporting good experiences with a web host, you’ll have a certain degree of assurance that the service you’ll be using will be good.
4. Levels of support
Apart from price, one of the main reasons why I chose Tsohost as my main web host for many of my websites was because of their renowned support. Whenever I experienced a general or technical problem with one of my websites, I always got a near instant reply via email on how to solve the problem.
You should look for how good a web host levels of support is because if you ever experience any problems with your website, you’ll need to know you can get good levels of support to help assist you with any problems that you may encounter such as downtime or email problems etc.
5. Reliability and speed
You should look for a reliable and fast web host that can guarantee at least 99% uptime. If a web host provider experiences a lot of downtime (when a website goes down for a period of time), then it might be best to avoid such providers. It might be difficult to verify a web host’s reliability and speed so it’s important to research and review feedback from other users to determine how reliable a potential web host is before signing up.
6. Bandwidth limit (data transfer)
Bandwidth is the amount of data that is transferred to and from a website or servers. The more popular a website is, the more visitors that will visit the site meaning the bandwidth needed will be higher. You’ll need to ensure the web-hosting package you select meets the minimum bandwidth requirements your blog or online business needs.
It’s important to note that some hosting providers may offer “unlimited bandwidth” but if your website regularly exceeds what the providers deems excessive, then you may get charged extra fees to cover the bandwidth costs. So it’s important to read the small print before signing up.
If you want your website to be secure or if you plan to handle any type of sensitive user data such as personal or payments details, it’s a good idea to ensure the hosting provider provides security features such as SSL certificates. It’s also a good idea to find out what type of security measures the hosting provider has in place to ensure your website is secure.
8. Hidden Fees
As with anything that involves money, you should always read the fine small print to ensure there are no hidden fees or extra charges that might occur. You should be aware of any possible charges that may occur. For example, “unlimited” packages are never truly unlimited because if you exceed what the provider sees as excessive, you could get stung with a surprise bill to cover the bandwidth limit.
9. Email features
If you have your own domain address and website, most hosting providers will provide you with your own email address and a catch-all email address so that all email accounts routes to you. One thing to check is what email features the web host supports such as SMTP, POP3 and IMAP etc.
10. Money back guarantee
Not all providers will provide this but if you manage to find one that does, it’s always reassuring to know you can get your money back if you are not completely happy with a web provider’s service. For example, Tsohost offered me a money-back guarantee within 60 days if I weren’t completely happy with their service. Few years on, I’m still with them, which just goes to show how well they treat their customers.
I’d be interested to hear if there are any other tips for finding the right web host that I missed and should be included in the list.
Disclaimer: I’m proud to be an affiliate of Tsohost who I’ve been with for many years and would happily recommended them to anyone who wishes to create and manage their own websites.