Choosing a hosting provider like hostPoa has never been easy, there are a variety of hosting providers outside there to a point where you don’t even know where to begin. Well, you are in the right place because we will guide you step by step. By the end of this blog, you will have gotten all that you need to know.
Most of the time you wonder where to begin, you look through the internet and so many providers are showing up on your search to a point where you do not know where to begin. Choosing a web hosting provider is a very big decision that will impact the success of your business. The right place will make things very easy, but the wrong provider? You do not even want to imagine!
In this blog, we are going to explore some of the things you will need to consider when choosing the ideal hosting provider for your business.
- CUSTOMER REVIEWS AND SATISFACTION
Every company must have testimonials/ reviews. This gives you clear information about what the clients say about the company. The customers must have interacted with the company’s products, services, or support. Be sure to analyze carefully before making a decision to select the company. The reviews are always available on Google Review.
- COMPETITIVE VALUE
Most companies do offer features that might seem so enticing to you as a client, however, does the company offer features that meet your needs as a client? Check the features keenly and ensure you understand all of them from Shared hosting to VPS Hosting and select a plan that meets your needs. Shared hosting plans are always good for a start as they are easy to maintain and do not need many skills, however, should your company needs to be high, for example, you intend to send so many emails or host a heavy website, make sure you go for the VPS Hosting.
- CUSTOMER SUPPORT
When you encounter an issue with your service, are you able to contact your hosting provider? Are they available 24/7? Do they have a live chat? Are they able to fix an issue you are encountering without having to wait in a long queue? These are the aspects that you will need to consider so as to be stress-free. There will be times where you will face server issues that you may not be able to resolve yourself, this is where quality customer support comes in. Ensure you research the hosting provider’s support review on all social media platforms to get a good idea of the quality of support offered.
- SCALABILITY/ABILITY TO UPGRADE
One of the important things to consider about your hosting provider and the plan you select is whether you are able to upgrade. It’s recommended that you choose a hosting provider that allows you to upgrade your services either on a higher or lower hosting package depending on your needs. A hosting provider that does not give you this option is definitely a no-go zone. You will be forced to transfer to a different hosting provider which is a time-consuming process.
- CONTROL PANEL
Most hosting providers do not give cPanel access to their clients simply because they manage clients’ services under one cPanel to avoid paying an extra cPanel license. There are basic things you may need to do, for example, creating new email accounts, resetting email passwords, installing WordPress, and setting up FTP accounts. These are the things you can easily do without necessarily having to contact your hosting provider. With the cPanel, you will be forced to always contact your hosting provider which is really time-consuming. Ensure your hosting provider is able to give you control Panel access.
It’s important to have a backup for your website or emails. In some instances, your website might face issues like crashing, being attacked by malware, being hacked, or worse losing your whole website. Hosting providers should therefore make it clear whether they keep your backup and a policy that is in line with it. Be sure to ask if you are able to do a full backup, download the backups and restore backups. Most companies would be very strict especially when it comes to storing clients’ backups as this would be very expensive to maintain, however giving an option for a paid and secure backup would be essential.
- UPTIME AND SPEED.
No one would want to have services that are always offline. Hosting with an unreliable hosting provider would really cost you. Not only will you spend so much time talking to the support team, but you will also keep on getting frustrated which would not be good for your business. A great way to measure the company’s capacity to maintain your website’s uptime would be by checking through its historical score.
Research shows that 1 out of every 10 web search requests would lead to malware. This is why it’s important to choose a hosting provider that keeps you from cyber attacks. Even though it’s important for you as a client to ensure that you keep your website secure by ensuring that you use secure themes and plugins or secure devices, your hosting provider should also implement a firewall that will prevent unauthorized users/crawlers from attempting to access your services.
While this should be the last option you consider, it’s important to also select a hosting provider that meets your budget. Going for the cheapest solution would not be the best idea mostly for the long-term. Cheap is expensive as we know, ensure to also consider a provider that gives value on what you are paying for.
- FIRST TIME AND RENEWAL COST
Before purchasing a hosting service, ensure to always check the cost for the first-time purchase of the service and the annual fees. Most of the hosting providers offer discounted prices for the first year and would increase the renewal fee for the recurrent years. This is not trickery of any kind due to the fact the service was offered at a discounted rate and now the original fees are being charged. Your hosting provider should be able to communicate so that you can make a decision based on the information that you are aware about.
In a nutshell, web hosting providers can be very promising by giving so many features that you probably don’t need. Take your time to consider all the mentioned aspects and make an informative decision.