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How To Choose The Right Hosting

What is the ‘right’ hosting for my website? Why is it so important to choose the ‘right’ hosting? How does hosting really affect my website?

If these are questions that you’re asking yourself, read on to find your answers!

Why is the ‘right’ hosting so important?

The right hosting will enable your website to run smoothly with optimum performance. Good hosting will complement and boost a website, whereas not so great hosting will likely slow a site down and could make some functions unusable.
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How Can Hosting Affect My Website?

Hosting can affect how well your website performs, the speed, security and also SEO. If your website has been custom designed and developed (i.e., not using pre-built themes or templates) but its not performing well, it is likely to be due to where its hosted.

Good, premium hosting will complement your website and enhance its’ performance. Hosting that is unsuitable for your site will slow it down and may even result in a lot of downtime. When a website is slow to respond, it will have a negative impact on search engine optimisation (SEO). Google and Bing will often penalise sites that don’t have good page loading speeds.

What Does Your Website Require?

To determine this, you will need to look at the size of your website, how many visitors it’s currently attracting but also think about where you would like your website to be in the future. This way, you can not only consider the sites current needs but also allow some room for growth and increase of traffic.

If your website is a blog site, online shop, or a community site where there is likely to be a lot of content added each month, you will need to plan and allow extra resources for this. It’s critical to ensure your hosting server has the necessary power and resources to further optimise the performance of your website.

Will You Get the Support You Need?

Whilst you may not expect issues, you could run into problems with your website hosting. It’s always a good idea to make sure your hosting provider will give you the required support when needed. Not checking this could result in you incurring unnecessary costs and even result in your website being down for a long period of time.

Are There Upgrades Readily Available?

Does the hosting give your website room to grow? It’s always good to think about the medium long-term future of your website and any plans you have to expand. You want your hosting service to give some space for scaling up, but also have the option to easily upgrade your hosting should you need to.

It’s better to have more resource and power than you currently need rather than not enough.

Are the correct Security Measures in Place?

The security of your website should be your priority, so it’s essential to check the hosting provider also has this as a priority. Security is not only important to your business but also to the clients that are visiting and possibly purchasing through your website. Unsecure hosting could mean that your client’s personal information is intercepted and stolen by hackers.

As part of security measures, your website must have regular backups, so that should you ever have issues or your site is compromised in any way, you can simply and quickly restore a precious backup. This allows you to minimise any downtime and disruption to your company and customers.

Your hosting should also include an SSL certificate (Check out this blog for more information on SSL certificates: Click Here! ). This makes sure any data entered on your website is encrypted and secure.

Will the Hosting Be Reliable?

Reliability and uptime are also important considerations when choosing website hosting. Reports with these details can easily be obtained from any hosting provider. If your business is dependent on your website being online and running smoothly then you won’t want to look at any hosting with less than 99% uptime.

Any hosting services with below 99% uptime should be avoided as it could result in lost revenue for your business.

Why Is the Cheapest Not Necessarily the Best Option?

The cheapest options will be what is called “shared hosting”. This means that there will be a large number of other websites sharing the same hosting server, which could result in slow speeds, reduced performance, and downtime issues. With very low-cost hosting there is likely additional costs, for example the price may not include backups or technical support.

In Conclusion...

Work through these questions above and choose your website hosting provider wisely. Go for a company who can give you quality support and honest advice. Changing hosting providers isn’t something you want to be doing too regularly!

At Guzzbury Studio, we only offer premium hosting and will analyse your website to find the best package for you. We take the security of your site very seriously and all our hosting comes with SSL certificates and regular backups as standard. Contact us to discuss your hosting: [email protected]

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