Top five things to look for in a web host
If you’re a business, having a website is no longer optional. Whether you’re a large multinational or a local fish and chip shop, a significant portion of your trade and customer base is attracted and retained through a web presence. Even if it’s just a place to post your opening hours and phone number, any web presence is better than none.
For most businesses, even a few minutes of downtime can have an impact so you need to choose a web host carefully. But with hundreds of options out there, including some big names, and a dizzying array of packages, choosing one that’s suitable for you can be tricky. So here are a few things to think about.
The internet is not perfect. It’s always evolving and sometimes glitches occur. So when they do you need a web host that’s on hand to offer support. Your site being down never looks good, and if potential customers can’t access your site, it creates a bad first impression. So you need someone who can help on the other end of the phone.
We’ve all done it. Accidentally clicked delete when we meant to save. But wiping content off a website can be avoided if everything is backed up on a regular basis. Find out what your hosts recovery plan is and make sure that your content is protected.
Gone are the days when blogging was at the cutting edge of web communication. These days you need one as a simple tool for staying in touch and keeping things fresh. Plus, there are added SEO benefits. So you need to make sure your host meets the minimum requirements for easy and accessible blogging.
The aim of every business is to grow, so you need to plan for a time when that happens. Choose a hosting service that allows you to scale up when you get bigger. As your business takes off, you need to be easily able to upgrade your plan. The last thing you want when you’re making waves is for your site to crash due to high volumes of visitors.
Even if you enjoy a great relationship with your host, situations change. Businesses fail, grow, adapt and so you don’t want to be stuck in a hosting contract that doesn’t suit you. Plus, you also need to make sure you have full rights to your domain and content should you want to move on.
Here at Designaweb we provide domain name registration and PCI compliant business grade hosting for clients of all sizes. All our packages come with 30 day retention backups and 24 hour support for your complete peace of mind. Get in touch to find out more.