When deciding which hosting company to choose, it is important to consider several companies, not just one.
Like any good shopper, you need to look around, compare quality of companies, and perhaps most importantly, consider the price to quality ratio of the kind of site you will be starting.
For example, if you are running a small site (i.e a restaurant, bar, small business, etc) that won’t be seeing more than 10,000 hits per month on average, you should be fine going with a company like Bluehost, Hostgator, or iPage. These companies are very affordable and great at servicing the small to medium sized website. They can get you started at less than $5 per month. Check out our popular iPage vs Bluehost Review or our Bluehost vs Hostgator review if you are interested to find out more.
On the other hand, if you are running a site that will be running complex applications, and receiving a large amount of traffic, you’ll want to think about choosing a cloud based company like Rackspace which charges a little more–well, a lot more at $0.04 per hour–but which gives its customers additional features such as 99.999% uptime, and the ability to run complex applications with no additional load time for those viewing the site.
Even though we are talking about load time differences of seconds and in some cases fractions of seconds, these seconds are absolutely critical when a new user is viewing your site. In a day and age when our attention spans are lower than ever before, .05 seconds can be the difference in a user viewing your site or clicking the ‘x’ in the upper left corner.
Qualities to look for when choosing a hosting company
So then, what are the qualities that you should look for when choosing a hosting company, you ask?
Unsurprisingly, price is one of the top qualities to take into consideration when deciding on a hosting company. Along with the fact that they should include an any-time money back guarantee for you. This makes sense. Why pay more for something when you can pay less?
When the stuff hits the fan and something goes wrong with your site, you want to know that you’ll have reliable customer service from your company that can get you back on track.
What is the Ease of use once you are inside your hosting company’s control panel? Will you be using wordpress, or will you want to be able to take advantage of another site building platform?
Does the company have a reputation for screwing over its customers? Does the company make it difficult for you to get your money back?
How fast does your site load? Obviously if you go with a premium service like Rackspace this will be very, very fast. But what is the difference between sites like iPage, Hostgator, Bluehost, etc.?
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