Choosing a suitable hosting company for your website is the first and one of the most important steps when starting a website. A good hosting party is very useful and you can use their help (especially in the beginning).
Countless reviews can be found online and you never know exactly what a hosting company will do for you until you have actually become a customer with them. Most hosting companies claim to be the best at what they do, of course, but how do you make the right choice? To spare you the frustration of a bad host and slow websites, I wrote this article with things to watch out for when choosing a host.
Hosting plays a crucial role in the success of your website.
The speed at which websites and especially web stores load is important because this directly contributes to the result and effectiveness of the website. Also in the world of web host companies and online server rental, the following applies: Cheap is often expensive. Website loading times are increasingly important.
A faster website ensures, among other things:
A better user experience
A better position in search engines
Higher conversion rates
Website visitors are not only becoming more impatient now that they can use faster and faster internet at home and on the road, they increasingly expect a beautiful website that loads immediately and is quickly navigable. Strangely enough, website speed is usually not a priority for Dutch companies, while a lot of profit can be made there. A good host ensures that your website can be reached quickly and always. But how do you choose a suitable web host?
7 Tips for choosing a good host:
In addition to the above points, I have 7 more useful tips that you should pay attention to while selecting a hosting party. When choosing a hosting party, pay attention to the following:
Tip: 1 Uptime guarantee
Tip: 2 Data limits
Tip: 3 Disk space
Tip: 4 Support
Tip: 5 Access to FTP, PHP, Perl, SSI, .Htaccess, SSH, MySQL, CRON
Tip: 6 SSL support
Tip: 7 Location of your server
Tip # 1: Uptime guarantee
A web host should not only be fast and reliable, but a good host also guarantees that its servers are always available. For example, many web hosting companies in the UK guarantee that your server and therefore your website is online and accessible 99.9% of the time.
Tip # 2: Data
This refers to the maximum number of bytes that can be sent when visitors click around on your website. Even though unlimited is the standard with many hosting parties, you can regard this as a trick to attract customers as new websites do not need it anyway. Most small and new websites use less than 3GB of data per month. Do not fall for the “Unlimited bandwidth” offers from hosting parties, as there are often still limitations in the small print. Make sure you do not exceed these restrictions because in many cases you will have to pay extra.
Tip # 3: Disk space
Every hoster is a rental company of a piece of hard disk, just like it is in your computer. You can use this space for various applications, such as mail, website, database, etc. Most small websites (without videos or music streams) use less than 2GB of space. So don’t be tempted by promises like “Unlimited disk space” or “100GB of disk space”, you are not going to use this anyway and if it is, you can always upgrade.
Tip # 4: Support
Especially in the beginning, technical support is useful and important. Make sure you don’t end up with a hosting party where they are especially good at selling and not solving problems.
Tip # 5: Access to FTP, PHP, Perl, SSI, .ht access, SSH, MySQL, CRON
If you pay for a web hosting account, make sure that you have access to all the parts mentioned. This ensures that you do not have to wait for permission or approval before you can add a new feature to your website.
Tip # 6: SSL support
If you plan to start selling goods and services through your website, it is essential to see if your future web host supports SSL. If you want to accept payments from your visitors, it is important that this is done via a secure connection.
Tip # 7: Location of your server
It is important that your server is as close as possible to your visitors, the further away the server is from the visitor, the longer it takes. For example, it is not advisable to put a Dutch website on a server in America because this can negatively influence the website loading times (distance = time)