How to identify a good web hosting company

How to identify a good web hosting company

Reading through some articles and reviews online recently, I was touched by the experience of some webmasters and business owners when it comes to hosting your websites and web applications online. Many have been disappointed by these web hosting companies by the irregularity of their service.

As a webmaster or business owner, you know that online visibility is key for your business or career if you want to attain global relevance but many at times, entrusting your online presence into the hand of some web hosting companies can deny many the opportunity to achieve set goals because these so called web host are not consistent with their service.

Some of them may just go offline for some days and when you send a mail to their customer support, they’ll tag the issue to server maintenance and that’s even if at all they’ll respond.

Hence, before you entrust your websites or web applications to any web host, what are the features that you must consider;

1. Speed

We all know the importance of website speed. And speed all begins with a fast web host. A web host should respond within 200ms (according to Google), so look for a host that responds quickly in your location and around the world.

2. Uptime

Uptime is a measure of reliability. In other words, it’s the percentage of time your website is online. Even an uptime of 98% can mean your site is down for six days within the year. Look for an uptime of 99.8% or higher.

3. Security

There’s nothing worse than getting hacked. What would you do if you lost all your content and hard work? That’s why web host security is so important. A good host should have automatic updates and malware scanning. Some even come with a free SSL (security) certificate.

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4. Backups

As an extra security and practical feature, many hosts now come with regular automatic backups.

5. Customer service

Ideally, your web host should have 24/7/365 customer service. Most hosts now have customer service options including phone, ticket systems and online chat. Note that some hosts charge extra for a premium support service.

6. Storage and bandwidth

‘Storage’ refers to how much content, images and data you can store on the host’s servers. And ‘bandwidth’ is how much data can flow through from the server. This has an impact on speed and visitor numbers. Naturally, we want the highest storage and bandwidth within reason.

7. Price

Don’t always settle for the cheapest webhost. It can end up causing you issues with speed and reliability. It may even hold you back if your website starts to grow. At the same time, you don’t need to spend a fortune! Look for an affordable host with all the features you need.

This is why at Hostlag we prioritize these features above and give our customers a lasting and exciting experience, we know how painful it can be when you don’t have access to your business online for days, we have always been and will continue to put measures in place to make sure that our customers are satisfied with our service.

Hostlag is a web hosting and domain name registration company that help gives businesses and individuals global relevance via online presence.

Think web hosting, think Hostlag.

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