Web Hosting: The Ultimate Guide
Deciding a web hosting always a problem.
If I am gonna choose a hosting, I always want to best one because if my website is goes down when I’m sleeping I will gonna lose money, not hosting provider.
Also I cannot take a risk of “hacking” because I’m not a “backup” guy so hacking would be a big problem for me.
After 10 years, I had lot of bad experiences and also good experiences and I want to share these experiences with you. I hope this guide will help you to find best hosting for your next web project.
OK, What to look for in a Web hosting service?
Well there is 6 things you need look for when buying web hosting:
- Protection for hacking
- Fast servers
- No Server Issues
- Fast Support Team
- Suitable Prices
- Fast Website Setup
1. Protection for Hacking
In a recent survey it was reported that 90 percent of all businesses suffered some sort of computer hack over the past 12 months and 77 percent of these companies felt that they were successfully attacked several times over the same period of time. Since most attacks are a direct result of a malware infection, small businesses need to have some type of protection in place.
117,000 hacked WordPress sites reported during last year. 41% where hacked via their hosting provider.
This is my first priority. If my website gets hacked, I’m gonna lose customer, money, visitor and most importantly customer’s trust. I don’t want this happen so first thing is getting hosting from secure servers. 7/24 protection, TO EVERYTHING.
2. Fast servers
Amazon found every 100ms of latency cost them 1% in sales.(Amazon’s calculated that a page load slowdown of just one second could cost it $1.6 billion in sales each year)
If there is one thing that I cannot resist, that is slow website. I mean look at Google or Facebook. They are responsible from billions of web pages, user profiles and when you type google.com or facebook.com it’s opening in less than 1 second.
- If your site loads in 5 seconds it is faster than approximately 25% of the web
- If your site loads in 2.9 seconds it is faster than approximately 50% of the web
- If your site loads in 1.7 seconds it is faster than approximately 75% of the web
- If your site loads in 0.8 seconds it is faster than approximately 94% of the web
Even if I create best website in the world, if it’s slow than there is no chance to win anything. So I need fast servers. Fast server mean my website gonna open quickly and visitors will be happy. If visitor is happy Google will see this and my website speed will impact my search ranking.
3. Server Issues
Bad hosting providers always say “server issues”, that’s second worst thing can happen to my website. When I say server issues I mean server overheating, natural causes(earthquake, flooding etc..), or technical server problems.
That sucks man. When a problem happens in servers, suddenly my website is off and I have to wait until problems fixed. Until that time visitors will be unhappy(losing money), if Google see my website closed that’s bad news for me.
4. Fast Support Team
Fast support team is only thing that I like. They are lifesavers, they are amazing and they are my hero.
1- Live Chat
2- Short waiting line
3- Quick solutions under 10 minutes
If a support team have this 3 ability, you can relax but! if your website is down and if there is no live chat, all you can do is open a ticket wait 24 hour(maybe more) for answer, that is worst! My website is down and I have to wait 24 hour for a simple answer? Hell no.
5. Suitable Prices
I’m a small business and I cannot pay $100 or $50 for a hosting every month, even if I pay $50/mo that means $50x12=$600. How about $10? That means $120 ever year. I can say yes but cheap hosting doesn’t mean bad hosting provider.
The good thing is competition between hosting companies like crazy and every one them is racing for you to join their board. That is good thing because that means cheap prices and quality service☺
6. Fast Website Setup
So I decided to buy a hosting but I don’t know how-to setup wordress, joomla or a ecommerce script. What am I gonna do?
Lot of hosting providers have a solution for that. They have a tool called “Softaculous” and that’s makes me exciting because you can setup any script(it can ecommerce, wordpress, joomla, drupal etc..) you want in just minutes! Everything is automatic, all you have to do is click a button and voila! You can start to use your website.
I had lot of problems with hosting providers but finally I found the right one and that is Siteground first of all they are cheap(super cheap like $3.95/mo) and they have amazing support team, their hosting servers are secure and fast and the best thing is you can buy and setup a website in just 10 minute. I am highly recommending to everyone!