Once your web design is completed, you’ll need to focus on choosing a web hosting service to house your website. For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of four key aspects you’ll need to consider when choosing a web host.
How to Choose a Web Hosting Service to House Your Web Design:
There are plenty of web hosting services to choose from. Settling on the correct one extends beyond picking a host simply because they have the cheapest plans. Think about the kind of website you have designed and compare the different web hosting services based on these aspects:
Will the host be able to protect your website against cyber-attacks and server crashes? Reputable web hosting services offer multiple layers of security to protect their clients against attacks from hackers and, therefore, this should be the first aspect you research. If your website is not secure, attackers can gain access to client information, spread malware to visitors and cause your website to crash. With the increased awareness of the potential risks of an unsecured website, many governing bodies require a certain degree of security from businesses relating to their websites. If your website causes a security breach, you may even be liable for a fine or penalty.
Client Service and Technical Support
Another important aspect to consider is the type and level of support the web host provides. You are not only looking for prompt service from the customer liaison team to get quick replies on your queries, but also a knowledgeable technical team to give you guidance when you are experiencing issues. Does the web host offer support on different channels such as email, chat and phone calls? Is the web host situated locally or will a time-zone difference delay communication? The questions to these answers will help you to determine which web host is right for you.
Speed and Downtime
A slow website can be the downfall of your business. So, you want a web host that allows multiple users to access your website simultaneously without delay. The bandwidth (or the amount of data uploaded or downloaded from a website) that a host provides may depend on the plan you choose from the specific web host. It is, therefore, important to pay close attention to the difference in bandwidth allowance for each plan on offer.
You also need to consider the amount of downtime for your web host. If the host has an uptime percentage over 95%, you should not experience many issues with the server for your website being down and your website being inaccessible.
Many web hosts offer flexible plans to accommodate growing websites. You’ll need to understand how far your web host and chosen plan can grow with your business before you’ll need to upgrade your plan to accommodate more visitors to your site. The last thing you want to do when your business experiences a growth spurt is to have to spend time looking for a new web host and then transfer your website files to the new host.
Take time to research potential web hosting services, read online reviews from existing clients and compare all the available options in your price range to find the best web host to house your website.