Posted on August 5, 2016

6 Important Things to Consider When Choosing a Web Host

Choosing the best Canadian web hosting company can be difficult, with so many companies around that offer unlimited resources, nearly 100 percent uptime guarantees, the best hardware, and other things to encourage you to part with your hard-earned money. Various hosting companies and packages will be more suitable for some people and less so for others. If you follow the advice contained in this guide, then you should be able to make an informed decision about which hosting company is best for you.

Cost

One of the things that most people will check first is the price; however, the cheapest option isn’t always the best one. This is especially true if your website is designed to make money.

You should first take a look at what features each provider offers. After you have found suitable hosting providers, then you can compare the prices.

Technical Specifications

Take a look at your site and think about what you want to do with it in the future. Then you can try to find a hosting plan that has the hardware to match your needs. Often cheap hosting plans won’t have the necessary RAM, disk space, processing power, or bandwidth which you need to maintain a growing website.

If you have just a small blog which attracts only a few visitors a day, then you can probably get away with the cheapest and lowest spec. If, however, you are planning on hosting an e-commerce site, database-driven websites, and video content, then you’ll need something with more power than what the cheapest offerings provide.

Support

Technical support is a big thing. If your website goes down, you could be losing customers. You want to choose a host which has a good reputation for providing high quality customer support. Ensure that any company you are considering provides helpful support and replies quickly to support tickets.

There’s nothing worse than having your website go down through no fault of your own, and losing visitors ultimately could result in a loss of income. If a company doesn’t offer good customer support with their packages, then you should stay well clear of them. Only go for a hosting provider that provides top-quality support with their services.

Specific Features

Many companies offer specific features to help them stand out from the crowd. Some might be configured to work well with WordPress, whereas others might be more concerned with saving energy and reducing their carbon footprint.

If a specific feature is important to you, then it’s a good idea to find a company that offers the specific features you are looking for, and investigate them further.

Customer Reviews

One of the best indicators of good hosting is to see what other customers have to say about the company in question. However, a quick search for reviews will often result in many affiliate sites that provide favorable reviews meant to get you to buy a product or service via an affiliate link, which earns them a commission.

Try to find out what real customers are saying about a particular hosting company, and not what affiliate marketers have to say. These reviewers should have no interest in making money out of their review and should be more concerned with providing you with an honest insight into the hosting company they are currently using or have used in the past.

Growing Your Website

You should also consider whether your chosen hosting provider can accommodate your future plans. As your website becomes more and more popular, you may outgrow your current plan. If this is the case, you’ll want to ensure that your hosting provider can accommodate the growth of your website.

If you’ve outgrown shared hosting, the next step would be a virtual private server or a dedicated server. Does your hosting provider offer these upgrades, and do they allow you to upgrade your hosting easily as your website grows? If not, then you probably want to consider a company that does.

Whether you have a personal website or run an online business, you need to find a hosting provider that is right for you. Everybody has different requirements for hosting, and it isn’t possible to say that one particular company is better than the rest. Therefore, you need to do your research and find a hosting provider that comes with the features you need.

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