Your Web Host Is An Important Business Partner
Your web host is the foundation of your virtual storefront. Did you know that one company owns more than 50 of the best known hosting brands online?
It has been my experience that the quality of service and the quality of support of a hosting company slowly degrades once this company buys out a competitor.
You may or may not have had a similar experience and that’s okay. The important thing is that you know what to look for in a hosting provider before you make a buying decision.
Price should not be the only factor in your decision.
Here are some things that you should look for from a web host:
- The ability to use SFTP to move files to and from your server. This protocol uses SSH plus FTP to encrypt your username and password when connecting to the server. Standard FTP transmits your username and password as plain text so they can be intercepted if someone is looking for a way into your server.
- Does your hosting company offer regular and automated backups of your website and files? If they do, is it free or is there a cost attached?
- Is each hosting account on the server isolated from another so that your site cannot be compromised easily when another webmaster gets hacked?
- Does your hosting company run regular malware scans on their server? If so, how often?
- Does your hosting company have antivirus software installed on the server?
- Is the server protected by a server-side firewall?
- Is 24-hour phone support available from your host?
- Does your hosting plan come with an SSL certificate? If not, how much will it cost?
- Does the potential hosting company place so many customers on a server that sites similar to the one you will be putting up load very slowly?
Some hosting companies will put plans up with very affordable prices but then you will find out that they are slow loading and have poor security.
You may be surprised to learn that at least one hosting company says if you want a faster loading site with increased security the cost for hosting with them will be four times as much.
The bottom line is that you must know what you are going to need for hosting both now and in the future and then you must ask the right questions of multiple web hosting companies before you decide which one will get your business.
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