Everyone who is serious about their online presence should do some research before choosing
a web host. I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but if you do a couple of searches in Google beforehand, it can save you many headaches later on.
If you are completely new to web hosting, I recommend my own blog as a resource to get you up to speed with basics and what should you look for.
This is important because a lot of time in my experience people overspend on web hosting or they don’t have a clue about the darn thing. And there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s natural, where should they know from? Heck, I didn’t have a clue when I first started.
I created this blog with the intention to serve as an advisory resource for individuals or businesses looking for web hosting. One of the biggest, if not the biggest issue with choosing a web host is that if we look around all web hosts claim to be the best.
Of course they do, they want to sell their service to as many people as possible, just like any other business.
It is not outspoken officially, but in my view this industry became too mature and complex not to have advisors. I’ve been a so called hosting advisor for the last three years. As I learned about this World, I realised that I’ve got it completely wrong in the beginning.
I was under the impression that if I want to assist people in this process, I need to review as many providers as possible, so that they have many options.
Now I think that there are a few outstanding high quality providers, I only recommend those. I don’t even bother to write a review if something that I think is important is missing or I just don’t like it for some other reason.
So basically every web host that you can read about here is high quality in my opinion. With this I can sleep good at night, knowing that no one has chosen a web host based on my advice that I have second thoughts about. With this being sad I only recommend 5 web hosts at the moment.
This is not many, considering the pool that’s available, but believe me when I say that you get highly impressive service from these web hosts. If you’re not impressed after a few months then I suggest you give it a try with another host, and then you’ll appreciate it. 🙂
Well if you are lucky you might end up with a good provider. Many People underestimate the importance of good support, but when I say that every web host will have troubles down the road, there is no perfect provider. Perfect only exists theoretically.
If your website Will have a Global presence, i. e. not only in a certain country with the language of the country then you should aim for well-known web hosts operating globally.
These have data centers across the globe. Your website Will benefit from this big time – it will become much faster. Of course this is nőt a rule of thumb but if you Think about it, it makes sense.
Because if you choose a local web host then your global visitors Will load your website from your country, so this Will have a negative effect on speed. And you don’t want to jeopardize speed.
It is a ranking factor in Google for quite some time now. Also several studies suggest that it has a profound effect on conversions.
People are restless, they want the info now, they don’t want to wait 4-5 second for your website to load. Have it load around 1 second.
If you are planning to create a local website then you still have the option to choose the global web hosts with several data centers, but then you can also simply choose a local web host, so that your website will load from as close source as possible.
Now this will not guarantee that your website will be faster with a local web host. These global web hosts are pretty good and some of them have tools that make websites amazingly fast.
Look around in more places. Don’t take my word for it, get your info from several sources. Anyone who states that what they say is the way things are should trigger a red flag. No, it’s just an opinion. Tech Joe on the corner might have a different view on his blog.
Use the money back guarantee, don’t accept things as they are. I’m saying this because many web hosts are tricky with the money back guarantee, while of course it should be there to give you security that if they are lousy you can move on and get your money back.
When you sign up with a web host look for the money back guarantee details and if there are any additional info on it, read that carefully.
If you don’t understand something I suggest you come back here and leave a comment and you can be sure your question will be answered. What trickery am I speaking about? Well, it’s not really a trick, but a policy and it shouldn’t be an issue as long as it is disclosed the right way.
From then on it is the responsibility of the customer to read it. One way of this is when customers can only get their money back if they pay with a credit card.
Also if you got a free domain with your hosting account and you would like to make use of the money back guarantee you should be aware that you will have to pay for the domain, I.e. They will deduct the price of the domain from what they would give back.
If you obtained the service on a discounted rate they will re-price it with the usual prices and they will deduct the price of the service for the period that you spent with them.
So if you were with the provider for two months, and let’s say you bought the service for one year and it cost you $45 on discounted rates.
They will divide the original prices of let’s say $90 with 12 so that they get the amount of for one month and then they multiply that with 2 because you were there with them for two months as mentioned in the beginning of this thought experiment.
If you also bought a domain for let’s say $10 then the amount that you would get back is $45-$90/6-$10 which equals $25.
They above might seem unfair but if we think about it is understandable.
There might be other methods that certain web hosts implement in their money back guarantees but these are the general ways, sort of an industry standard. If you have any questions to the above don’t hesitate to ask below and we’ll discuss it.