Recently I have been reviewing what is important to select a good hosting company. Working in the industry, I have first hand experience of different hosting platforms and their pros and cons. Here are the three most important factors to get your site online with a good hosting provider. 

  • Good performance
  • Robust website and infrastructure security
  • Great support 

Performance

A hosting plan needs to be flexible to handle increasing traffic by instantly scaling up memory, RAM, or parallel processing capabilities. In the future you may need to be scale up your hosting to match the demand for your goods or services during business growth. Therefore its really important to have flexibility to move from one plan to another easily and minimise any disruption to your service.

Think about the components of your site and where they will be hosted. If the technology can be all on the same server then this means visitors to your website will get faster performance. The last thing you need is to configure different parts of your set up in different locations. This will definitely lead to latency issues and a slow down of the service. Even the most simple hosting solutions should offer dual platform technology to prevent data latency but be sure to check this before you sign up.

Security

SSL Certificates should be one of the first steps on your security checklist. Check your hosting provides this. They can be included in the hosting package for a good price. The primary reason for SSL is to keep sensitive information sent across the Internet encrypted so that only the intended recipient can access it.

DDoS protection is also another important factor to consider from your hosting provider. Denial of service (DDoS) protection safeguards your website from incoming attacks and keep you online. A targeted victim is able to mitigate the incoming threat by utilising specially designed network equipment or a cloud-based protection service.

Back up and restore 

Automatic back ups can be set up on your hosting plan if anything is deleted or lost accidentally. Are backups included in your hosting plan? If not you will need to sure to manage and maintain your site by yourself to reduce the risk going forward.

Support

It is inevitable that at some stage you are going to run into a few issues with your site or your hosting hardware. It’s at this point when you really need the excellent support to be able to resolve the issue quickly and efficiently. Sometimes you will not know how effective they are until you actually use them. However checking out reviews online can sometimes help you identify who is good at providing support and how they can help. Do they have 24-7 support for phone and online chat?  Do they have useful guidance and documentation online?

If you work to good best practises in the industry, then you will have processes in place to handle change management of code or databases, test in different environments and manage backups. This should help to minimise the risk of issues occurring in the first place. An initial investigation needs to be done to see where the potential problem lies. Is it a software or hardware problem? Is it a code or database configuration? Are there errors to indicate what the issue is related to? 

Other considerations

Consider the environment. Do the hosting services you use minimise CO₂ emissions? Are the data centres are continuously upgraded to improve the efficiency of power? Other important to check to see if the servers recycled and disposed of properly.

I hope this has helped you to evaluate and considering good hosting providers. This website was helpful for me to review different providers.

If you still need further support then please get in touch to see how I can help you further.

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