The design and promotion of your website receives proper consideration, so why is hosting so often just an afterthought?
What aspects of hosting should you really consider?
– Service levels
What do you do if there is a problem with your hosting or you simply have a question? Most hosting is self-service. You need to be computer literate and familiar with the ins and outs of managing hosting and emails. If you are not up-to-speed with hosting management then it’s a good idea to have someone on the end of the phone who can help you – a rare thing these days, but something that we certainly offer as part of our telephone hosting support.
It’s a good idea to take advice before you select your hosting and any additional options. It’s very easy to buy things you don’t need and omit things you really do. We offer sound advice to all our hosting clients to ensure they make the best choices.
– Speed & uptime
Uptime is very similar between hosting suppliers and normally ‘guaranteed’ at over 99.9%. We recommend that you use a hosting server that is local to keep page load speeds to a minimum. Our hosting is UK based.
– Shared, dedicated, virtual or cloud based server?
Most websites use shared hosting as it’s the most cost effective. This means that your websites exists on a server with other peoples’ websites, but is separated. If you are concerned about security, load speeds, eliminating the chance of potentially having your emails blocked due to other websites getting blacklisted or if you have multiple websites, then moving up to a virtual or dedicated server may be for you.
– Add ons
There are many useful things you can add to your hosting to improve performance and make your life easier. For example:
> stop hackers taking over your site (stop TheHacker)
> increase the security for users of your site when they submit information to you (SSL certificates)
> increase your mailbox storage levels (Premium mailboxes)
> add useful additional functionality to your mailboxes like contacts and calendars (Microsoft exchange accounts)
> hide the ownership information for your domain (domain privacy)
We host the vast majority of all the sites that we’ve built, along with many others we haven’t. We take the complexity out of the purchasing process by packaging our hosting into standard, intermediate, advanced and bespoke packages and always select the best hosting for the website in question.
For more information take a look at our hosting support section, which is designed to help our hosting clients.