You can never ignore the importance of web host since it does have a great impact on the site you’re building up. The options available to us as consumers are huge and to be able to select one out of what’s available can be exhausting.
What to look for in a hosting provider
Here are few factors that you need to keep in mind before you proceed with one host. Those are not inclusive however can help you make your decision
1) Tech specifications:
Each hosting provider has different specifications for each plan they have. You will first need to estimate your expectation of site visitors. Based on this you can look at the various plans available to you. In most cases and if you are reading this post, then you probably want to start with their starter plan.
You will also need to understand the different types of hosting options available such as shared hosting, VPS (virtual private servers), dedicated and managed plans. I will cover this later but you can do a little search on google, and you will get a wealth of information available to you.
2) Area of Focus:
There are dozens of host providers that focus on a particular web platform. In our case, we have decided to build this site on WordPress, so we need to start researching host providers who are focused on WordPress. The advantage of this is those hosting providers will tweak their servers for best performance on that particular platform.
3) Ability to Scale:
Given that we said we can always start with a starter plan. You need to ensure that they can easily move you from one plan to another. You never know when your site will be a hit, and you will need to upgrade your servers to ensure that your users do not face any accessibility issues.
To me, this comes as the most important. It does not matter if you are an expert or new to the field. If for any reason the site goes down and the support you get is crappy then you’re stuck. You will not be able to do anything unless the provider’s support come back to you. Support becomes, even more, important when you are just starting and do not have a clue about what is happening on the server side.
I did not write this one as number 1 since it’s importance does not need me to emphasize. Price is crucial to what you are getting back as specifications and services.
It’s a war out there. Each provider does have their bonuses to give to attract users. So keep a look at what extra options does each one give. Some do provide nice offers. Those offers can include free domain registration, CDN services, SSL certificates, etc.
What have I chosen?
After a little of research, you can tell which are the ones that are excellent at what they do. You need also to research reviews on their services and ensure there are no major issues which are across the board to their customers. After finding those few that are good at what they do, it then comes to your personal choosing of what bonuses will you be getting.
So based on the above it came down to three hosting providers
I was shocked with a phone call that I received in less than 24 hours from the time I registered with SiteGround. I was not expecting to receive a follow up call upon registration to check if I needed any help in setting up the site.
I found that SiteGround would provide me with free domain registration. They also provide free CloudFlare CDN service, as well as they, have their own built-in SuperCacher. The reviews which I have read through my research were excellent regarding customer service. That made me go with SiteGround.