When figuring out where you are going to host your website, what is the deciding factor? What is most important to you in where you host your website?
Is it cost?
Consider this, there are many low cost hosting providers out there. Some even offer some very lucrative methods of managing your hosting service through cPanel and SSH that many of the top notch hosting service do not.
But what you may not know is that when you sign up to host your website on a shared hosting server, you will have a rude awakening that months down the road will come to be realized. In order to make a profitable service, the lower cost hosting services will keep adding additional websites to their servers until the work load of that server is reaching a moderate to high load volume. What happens when a lot of these websites are getting high volume of activity at the same time? You guessed it, slow to extremely slow server response levels.
This is most noticeable when using databases on your website. If you are using a shared MySQL server for hosting your content management system, this is where the shared hosting is going to have the most noticeable lag as many calls to the database at the same time simply have to wait their turn. And if someone on your shared server does not have the best programming skills and makes a ton of lengthy database calls? Yeah, not so good.
Is it customer support?
Recently, we have received a number of new referrals for web hosting due to one simple reason, we are able to be reached by telephone without having to go through 5 different voice prompts and then speaking to someone who has no idea who you are or what server you are being hosted on.
This is one thing we as a small business pride ourselves on. We have nothing against the major hosting corporations, but something happens when you go from hosting your website on a company that purposefully operates with a small business mentality. Meaning, when you call, you get put directly to the desk of a person that manages your account. We take pride in knowing about our client’s usage of their web hosting. What this means is if you are sharing your hosting server with another company, you can be sure that they are a legitimate company and not going to put your hosting in jeopardy.
Is it reliability?
Why are some hosting services more reliable than others? The truth is that no hosting is going to be up 100% of the time. There will always be scheduled upgrades and updates required. The key is to make sure that upgrades and updates are occurring during scheduled maintenance times. It becomes trouble when upgrades and updates are occurring during unscheduled times.
However, if there has to be a last minute update, it is important to make sure that someone is there to take care of the problem. With a small business hosting service, we are very tuned in to our servers and are immediately aware if any one of them have become unstable.
Take it from us, we are not in the hosting business to gain customer after customer to simply fill up our servers to the max. No, we instead want customers that are willing to pay the extra dollars a month to ensure that someone is taking special care of their website. They are willing to spend the extra few bucks a month because their website is important to them and why should they risk it on a massively shared hosting service?
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