I have worked online since 2008 and only used one hosting; Yahoo. Over the years, I’ve been curious about other hosting sites. Mainly, because I know that my hosting does not handle large traffic well and I recently lost a lot of readers because of it. They don’t have very reliable customer service either.
So, I’ve been searching around and asking a ton of questions from various hosting companies. When I start my other blogs, I hope to find a reliable hosting company that has the capabilities to handle large traffic spikes and room to grow.
If you already have a great hosting company, awesome! But, if you are thinking of changing, or are looking for a hosting, there are some things you need to think about first.
Four Things To Look For When Choosing a Web Hosting Company
Storage and Bandwidth Allowance
Most hosting companies offer unlimited storage for your content and unlimited bandwidth to handle high levels of traffic. However, there could be some fine print you need to check in your hosting plan
Customer support is VERY important. Especially if you are not a techie. Will they help you if something goes wrong? I’ve been there and experienced the we-don’t-cover-that email that’s losing you business.
Look for a hosting company that offers 24/7 support by phone, email and live chat. Check all support features before committing (especially if you are a blogger) to ensure that they suit all your hosting needs.
Reviews from customers are your best way to find out how a company functions. Go to forums and ask around. If a lot of people talk about one particular hosting company, then it’s probably safe to say that they can be trusted. Do not just go by the reviews from the businesses page. These may or may not be true reviews. To find out if a company is new or not, go back to find older reviews of the company.
When searching for a hosting company, think about the saying, “you get what you pay for”. Not to say that a cheap company is crappy, but they probably have more limitations than a more expensive one. You should also avoid free website hosting, because when you don’t “own” your hosting, you are subject to their rules and they can shut you down whenever they feel like it.
Can you tell me who you use as a hosting company, and if you are happy with them?