What do you look for in a web host?
• The uptime scores
If your site is down, customers cannot be able to access your site to purchase your products and services. As such, you need a provider with an uptime score of at least 99%. This translates to a downtime of 7 hours and 12 minutes a month. To find out a web host’s uptime, you can read reviews from trusted third-party reviewers or use one of the several monitor tools to track your web host’s performance.
• The reliability of the technical Support
Things work well until they don’t and despite your tech skills, a time comes when you need help fixing a problem with your hosting service. When such a time comes, you need reliable technical support from your web host provider. Thus, you should look for a web host offering 24/7/365 customer support. Most providers provide multiple levels of support. These include toll-free call support, live chat, and email, to mention but three. Do not rely on reviews; test these customer support platforms for yourself to determine just how reliable they are.
• Additional features that make the hosting company unique
You should always be on the lookout for extra incentives that a hosting company is offering in addition to the servers. Most hosting companies offer additional features to attract customers. These features include free domain privacy, regular data backups, energy saving practices and multiple data centers. Other services like the ability to create custom domain specific emails, website statistics and security using SSL certificates and HTTPS encryption are valuable when you are hosting a website for your online business.
• What Ecommerce features support the hosting company offers
E-commerce sites require ample disk space, processing power and plenty of RAM. You should look for a hosting provider offering sufficient e-commerce features support in addition to these hardware features. These include SSL certification that complies with PCI standards, one-click shopping cart software installation and dedicated IP. You can, however, always use the more robust third-party online shopping cart applications like Shopify.
• Free or cheap domains on offer
If a host is offering free or cheap domains, it is good enough reason to choose that host over the others.
Different web hosting companies provide different features at varying prices. When making your choice, let the value of the service, and your website needs to guide you.