Tips on selecting the best hosting provider
For small business owners, developers, bloggers, and others in Nova Scotia, choosing a hosting provider is like looking for Mr. Right. If done right, you stand to spend a lifetime of happiness with a reliable, high-performance host and if you rush into a hosting relationship without proper research, you will feel misled, extorted, and trapped.
At Nova Solutions, we have a vested interest in your hosting provider because we do web design and we understand even the best-designed website will not give you the desired results if you do not have a good hosting provider. Below are our tips to help you select a good hosting provider.
1. Your Specific Hosting Needs
Different websites have different hosting needs and you should, therefore, first determine what you need. As an example, if you have a personal portfolio website, you do not need a dedicated server. However, if you have a high-volume, high-traffic online store, a shared hosting plan will not work. If you are a new entrant into the hosting world, we advise you to start with shared hosting and work your way up.
2. Storage and RAM
Do not compromise on storage (disk space) and RAM. Go for a hosting provider who uses solid-state drives (SSD) which are faster and more reliable, albeit at a cost. Most hosting providers today offer unlimited storage. High RAM means quick processing of stored data, which means it affects load time and consequently SEO.
3. Bandwidth/Data Transfer Rates
You should insist on high bandwidth, also called data transfer rate. Bandwidth accounts for the amount of downloaded and updated data from a site. High bandwidth means more visitors can access your website’s information more quickly at the same time.
4. Redundant servers, connections, and hardware
Go for a hosting provider who has redundant servers and other hardware, preferably on redundant sites. This reduces instances of outages and downtime in case of an outage. Insist on an SLA of above 99%, with reimbursement in case of unplanned outages beyond the SLA.
Your hosting provider should offer 24/7 technical support. This is important because it reduces downtime whenever there is an outage.
Although the security of your website is largely determined by the behaviour of its administrator and password strength, weakness in the hosting provider’s infrastructure can be a point of weakness. As high as 40% of websites are compromised due to the vulnerability of the host. Insist on automatic backups, updates, and other security features. Consider the security track record of the host you are considering as well as the protocols they have deployed.
If you are starting small, consider the possibility, ease, and cost of scaling up if need be. This ensures you do not change hosts when you get more customers.
8. Web Hosting Pricing
Cost considerations should be secondary if you want the best hosting provider. However, you may save some money if you understand how web hosting pricing works.
Talk to us if you are not sure of the hosting solution that best suits your website. You can reach us on +1 (902) 700 – 6822.