Web hosting is an important gradient whenever you start something new on the web. No matter how big or small is your business, you need a hosting to host your website.
It is hosting which ensures how much time your website will be up and running. Web hosting uptime ensures how much time your website will be up. And again, this directly affect your business. Because if your website will be down how come you can expect your online business grow.
There are many other factors which directly affect your business and web hosting is one of the prime ingredients for it. So, we are going to talk about the top factors which you definitely check before buying any hosting.
#1 Check the uptime
Yes, this is one of the major factors to consider while selecting any web hosting. Although all the companies claim to have more than 99% of uptime and even 99.99% but hardly few companies come on the exception.
And so, you should check their uptime. You can use the uptime checker tools like Pingdom for the same. You can even visit the hosting reviews website to see what other users of the same hosting are talking about it. This will give you enough idea to understand whether you should go ahead with that company or not.
Usually, I prefer to go with the hosting which at least provides 98-99% of uptime. 100% is not even possible and so the best you can get can be better for you and your business.
#2 Technical Support
I always keep the support as the top priority not only with hosting but with any product or services I buy. Because if you are not a much technical person there will be a lot of occasions when you need some help.
Every time you won’t be able to hire someone to fix such issue. And the important part is, those are quite small issues and spending on the separate technical support won’t make sense.
So, always go ahead with the hosting company which offers good technical support. Even you should look for the way of support like- Email, chat, phone, tickets etc. The more way they have to connect, the better and easier for you.
Also, check whether their support team is available 24×7 or not. Avoid if they are not having 24×7 support as most of the companies are global and if they are not all day, there are chances, they might not be available in your time zone.
Why data centers are important is for majorly two reasons-
- Failover happens quite easily and smoothly which in turn offer you the high availability with the servers
- If you are getting traffic from some specific location and if the hosting, you are using has their data center in that location then by choosing the server from that data center will help you serve content fast. Although CDN somehow solves this problem but still a lot of hassle-free and better response time can be achieved with this option.
Although not among the top yes, pricing also helps a lot. There are hundreds of hosting companies offering the similar type of hosting in a different range of pricing.
For example, the for a single site Kinsta charges at least $30 per month while Neostrada just takes $0.99 per month. And while looking at the quality you should also look for the price and see what your budget is.
And so, it is always ideal to select the best in your budget. Again, it depends on the kind of your website and the size of audiences.
#5 Type of Hosting
Although all the major hosting companies offer almost all the required hosting types like-
- Shared hosting
- VPS hosting
- Dedicated servers
But you should double check before buying any hosting with any company. Usually what happens, initially we simply buy the shared hosting when we just start the site.
But once it starts growing, shared hosting become clueless while handling such traffic and that time you may need to upgrade to the either VPS or dedicated hosting. And, so just you need to ensure that the companies you are following have the option to upgrade.
These were the top 5 factors one should consider while selecting the web hosting for their website. Although these are not the only 5 and there are several others which you might look for. For example,
- You may look for the hosting renewal charges. Usually, this has been seen that initially, companies charge less to attract the customer but later while renewal they charge a lot. You should consider this as well.
- Check the other services provided on the top of it like whether the company offer you the free website migration or not. This is even more important if you are not technical.
Similar to this there can be many more. What you see before buying any hosting?