When shopping around for a website hosting service, it is a good idea to first know what you should be looking for. With the rise in the number of online stores and websites, you now have thousands of options available to you at any point in time.
Most companies will have all the similar claims – unlimited disk space, bandwidth and emails. What you need to be sure about is if the company has a high percentage of uptime and is available with technical support 24/7. Therefore, it is largely up to you to do your homework before choosing a hosting service provider.
Whether you are looking for dedicated hosting or shared hosting, here are some of the most important things you should consider:
Naturally and with so many similar options, for most people looking for hosting services, the first consideration they need to make is price. You want an affordable service provider, but you don’t want to skimp out on the reliability factor. As with everything else, you get you what you pay for. If you are sure that the dedicated hosting service provider doesn’t outsource services, and has in-house support and hardware, it will definitely be slightly expensive.
For an easy price based decision, choose three similar companies and compare their features with prices, side by side.
Your website will have its own specific set of needs and not every hosting service provider will be able to match them. You need to assess your needs – has your company just started, growing or well established? This will help you identify the server resources you need. Larger and well established companies will obviously have more online traffic and will be better off with dedicated hosting services. However, smaller companies might be able to work things out with shared hosting.
Technical support is hands down the most important feature to look for. Your hosting service provider should have a solid reputation for their support department. You should be able to get in touch with a real person whenever you want. The company should also offer you various options to connect, like toll free, email, phone, live chat and much more. Make sure that the support department is not outsourced and feel free to make a few try calls before you choose the service provider.
These are some of the things you should consider to ensure that you choose the best dedicated server hosting service. If you are currently looking around for hosting services, we advise you to give us a call and learn more about how we can help!