In today’s modern age it’s almost unthinkable for a business to exist without having a website to go alongside it. We can safely say that having a strong online presence is as essential as it was to have a business card, a brochure or a logo. But getting your piece of real estate of the world wide web requires having somewhere to store that website which you’ve just created – somewhere where everyone will be able to easily access it at all times.
This is where the web hosting comes in.
10 things to consider in a web host
However immediately after looking for a host, we notice that there are thousands who are offering their services to us, each catering to a certain type of business. We’re here to assist you in choosing the one that’s right for your business.
The choice is made following several of the criteria that we have concluded are the most important parameters.
1. Server location.
4. Storage space.
5. Backup and restore policy.
6. Ease of migration.
7. Control panel.
8. Uptime and bandwidth.
10. Reliable service and support.
Before we provide you with our checklist, let’s explain web hosting in simple terms.
A quick definition
To provide our best explanation of the concept of web hosting, we’ll try presenting it through relation to a common analogy in which the internet is one large state.
We all know that buildings need a plot of land to be built on… Exactly how a website needs a place to reside on the world wide web.
Each website must have its own plot of land across that state in order to exist.
Every plot has an address, enabling you to find it when searching for it.
These plots exist on various web servers, most owned by web hosting companies.
The web hosting company that is the owner of the server is renting its plot to its tenants – the individuals who are owning the websites.
Just like searching for a rental space for your start-up takes some time, so does finding the one for your website as well.
There are different kinds of hosting plans — some designed for very large businesses, others for startups with basic websites.
Depending on the nature and scale of your business, you could choose between shared or ‘classic’ hosting, dedicated hosting, a virtual private server or cloud hosting.
The most important things you need to pay attention to are server location, reputation of the company, pricing, storage space, backup and restore policy and most importantly, ease of use, ease of migration and security.
If after this analysis one of the hosting companies you compared stands out as the best or the one most fitting for your personal needs – go for it, that’s the one you find best for a reason!