When it comes to choosing the right hosting service for your website, your decision needs to be informed to avoid wasting your time and money.
Price doesn’t always dictate hosting quality
To say that not all hosting is created equal is the understatement of the century. I’ve worked with providers that boasted $30.00 a month for a VPS system with 4 cores, 4 GB’s of RAM, and accessible customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For what I was doing, it sounded perfect. Cut to a week later when the server started crashing daily and customer support couldn’t be reached at all. I wound up canceling a week later and discontinuing the service despite having a few weeks of paid for time.
On the opposite side of the coin, I’ve also had amazing experiences with smaller hosting services that cost under $5.00 a month. What it all comes down to is research. If you just jump into a monthly or yearly agreement based on price alone, you’re going to wind up making a mistake. Some people assume that expensive webspace is better, while others “know” that the cheaper the host site, the worse your experience is going to be. I can attest that this isn’t always the case and I fully recommend checking reviews, talking to their support before hand (Do they have a live chat? Awesome) and second guessing that gut feeling because sometimes the first impression isn’t always the right one.
Having an unclear understanding of what you need
When you’re looking for the right hosting service to fit your needs, look at their features and specs. If they don’t provide them and try to sway you with their amazing deals, go somewhere else immediately. Transparency is key and unless they’re willing to share with you exactly what you’re going to get and how that will align with your needs, you shouldn’t develop a business relationship with them.
I understand that not everyone has years of experience building websites and dealing with web hosts. The term “tech savvy” doesn’t even really need to come into play either if you can ask yourself a simple question:
How many visitors do I think I’ll be getting per month (always estimate high) this dictates the amount of bandwidth you’re going to need. Is your site getting a lot of traffic quickly and growing? Go for one of the more expensive plans your chosen web host offers. If it’s too much, there’s always the option to scale back later. Not getting very much traffic? Start somewhere in the middle. The worst thing you can do is go small and not be able to support any future growth.
Once again this all goes back to communication and if a site host isn’t willing to spend the time and talk with you beforehand and offer information based on your business needs, what makes you think they’re going to take the time later when your site is down due to too many visitors at one time? All they’re going to do is tell you to upgrade when you could have avoided the problem all together.