Best Website Hosting Companies
When it comes to hosting your websites and domains, up time, speed and excellent service is a must. I recently did a search of many popular web hosting companies and was shocked to see how many do not list an email for customer support any more. They have a 1-800 number. If you are stateside this is advantageous at times. But what if you are an expat or US service member living abroad? Just something that may or may not be important to you while you finalize your selection.
Hosting Options for your Website
First you need to decide why your hosting a website. Are you building and selling sites, running your own business, testing, affiliate marketing, ect. Why? this will determine all the “bells and whistles” you may or may not need. If your running an online business, then you will want to be forward thinking so you do not have to move your site later. Bandwidth, load speed, CDN, cloud hosting, may all need to be options you will want. However, if you are only building sites and selling, you may only need a very basic hosting plan.
Hosting Review Sites
These are sites that compare dozens of hosting providers. Many are affiliate sites, but even clicking an affiliate link will not increase the cost. In fact, many of these sites offer real discount prices to you as it is taken from their affiliate commissions. I always recommend uses a site that lists their own discount codes such as HGOFF25NOW this is a real 25% off discount. taking your time to read the latest reviews will not only confirm what others are saying but will let you see all of their current options.
Another thing that you will see is that many of the top reviewed hosting sites are in the top five. Why? well they are time tested and provide results. But, there is always an up and comer and there are times you can find offers that really make it tempting to try the new guy. For the most part, mainstream hosting providers all provide the same (relatively speaking) options. What is different is their prices for special services such as VPS, Cloud Hosting, and other up and coming services.
Do I need Cloud Hosting or a CDN?
This will again depend on what your desired outcome is for your site. Many of the search engines use “customer experience” as a factor that will effect your Search Engine Rankings Placement (SERP). But if your building a website that is only a few pages and you have decided on a decent hosting provider, it most likely will not be a very big factor. However, if you are running an ecommerce website with thousands of items, you may want to consider cloud hosting or a Content Delivery Network (CDN). Basically a copy of your site is saved via the cloud and is cached to provide near instant loading times (again providers will differ). Be advised you will pay more, quite a bit more. But, how many times have you searched for a phrase, clicked a link and after 5-10 seconds you have still not been take to the site? what did you do? wait or click away? Exactly, most users will click away after a few seconds moving to the next related search result.
A few recommendations to leave you with.
- First and foremost do your research. Find a provider that’s top reviews revolve around customer service first and services second.
- Look at where your site might be in 1, 2, 5 years down the road. If you see a need for potential growth or needed services, plan ahead. Also make sure your hosting provider offers easy plan services moves.
Here are some mainstream hosting providers that I have used and have always done me right.
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