Are you looking to choose the best web host for your website? There are many factors to consider when choosing the right web host for your situation. In this blog post, we’ll go through some ways to decide.
What Exactly are Domains and Web Hosting?
A web site’s domain is what you enter into your internet browser. This can be literally anything you like – usually, it’s best to choose the name of your business. However, hosting is where your website is stored – like any piece of data, you have to store it somewhere for people to access it. This includes your website itself and your custom email address. The internet is a giant warehouse, and Google is the warehouse manager who helps you find what you are looking for. Google shows you to the shelf where your ‘website’ is located, the Search Results, and you find exactly what you’re looking for by reading the label on the side of the box (the domain name).
Another important thing to consider when it comes to domains is choosing one that’s catchy – simple for users to remember and spell.
Your Specific Needs
Choosing the ideal web host isn’t quite as simple as selecting from a list since this depends largely on what kind of site you’re creating.
If you want to start working with WordPress, you’re best off choosing a host commonly used by WordPress users such as HostGator or Bluehost. If you choose to run an e-commerce site, it’s best to choose a host which works well with the e-commerce software of your choice.
Hosting Reliability and Speed
One major factor to think about when choosing a web host is the host’s reliability and getting the site up and running as much as possible. Even as little as a few minutes of downtime per day can lead to a poor customer experience and lost revenue.
It’s therefore very important to do your research before you start.
Although no host can guarantee their servers will be active all the time, there are popular hosts like BlueHost or HostGator that are popular among WordPress users. GoDaddy is also very popular due to its affordability and customer service – it’s often the first point of call for people choosing their first domain for their website.
If you’re looking for a more personalised hosting service, one with less risk and more control, you may want to consider private hosting. You can choose to host your website yourself, with servers on your premises, which can be expensive but gives you complete control. Alternatively, most IT support companies offer hosting, and provide complete support and maintenance of your web hosting. This is, again, more expensive than hosting on with a website like GoDaddy or CrazyDomains, but is one of the best ways for businesses to host. Hosting your website this way gives you control over what happens to it, allows easy access, and gives you support if things go wrong. If your business relies on its website, consider getting fully supported hosting.
Choosing the best web hosting involves thinking about many different factors for your own personal situation and the type of site you are building or promoting. As always, research is paramount when it comes to deciding.