One of the most important considerations with a website is determining where to host it. A common mistake is to price-shop, to just look for the cheapest hosting provider and sign a contract with them. However, there are many more concerns to balance than just price. From the power of the hosting server, including how the server is organized, to the quality of the provider’s customer support, and even their standards of business ethics. Failing to consider all of these issues when choosing where to host can result in problems for your website, and headaches for you. In the end, a cheap hosting provider can cost more, in hidden costs, than indicated by their contract fees alone.
When it comes to your website, you want the highest quality you can find, in every way that can be measured. So, what should you consider when looking for a hosting provider? Here’s four key areas to consider:
- The server company’s reputation and experience.
- The quality of customer support.
- Speed and power of the hosting server.
- Shared server crowding. i.e., the number and type of other sites on the server.
#1: Reputation – When looking for a hosting provider, a well-known name is a good place to start. A provider with a reputation is likely to be more trustworthy than one you’ve never heard about. Additionally, larger providers tend to be stable as a business, and will have the longevity to continue supporting your site. Smaller hosting companies frequently go out of business. These are all things Vivid Image carefully screens and manages for you, so you don’t have to worry.
When you choose a cheaper hosting option, you run the risk that they may go out of business and leave your site unsupported. Worse, a disreputable provider might sell your contract to another hosting company, who then increases the price, which you are contractually obligated to pay. Finally, smaller hosting companies may lack the experience necessary to provide you the best support. Vivid Image’s managed hosting solutions make sure you get direct, personal customer service from our staff, and we demand quality customer service from the server company on your behalf.
For these reasons, a well-known, reputable, hosting company is recommended over smaller ones with little or no reputation. We, at Vivid Image, are proud of our experience working with reputable, well-established host servers who provide reliable, dedicated servers on which for us to manage our clients’ sites. Vivid Images has been in business for over 14 years, and we know what it takes to create and manage successful websites and server provider relationships.