Choosing a web host for your website may not seem like a huge decision at first. After all, on the surface they all seem to provide the same services. This lack of due diligence, however, can rear its ugly head as your website starts to grow. In the end, not all web hosting providers are created equally.
So how do you go about choosing the best web host provider for your website? It all depends on your personal goals and the goals of your website. If you’re always planning on staying small, you won’t require much from any provider. If you see no end to how big you can get, then you need a provider with enough muscle to handle your traffic demands. As a result, a good practice is to map out where you are now and where you want to be in 5 years. Once that is laid out, you have to think of where your website will fit into all of it. Will your site be critical to your growth or will it play a secondary role?
If your website will be critical to your growth, then choosing the right web host provider will be one of the most important decisions you make. Andrew Clark from TheTop10Sites.com provides a 5-step checklist of items to consider when choosing a web host. He gives suggestions that many new freelancers don’t think of when starting off. So whether you’re e-commerce, a blog or lead gen, there are different considerations to keep in mind.
One thing Andrew does not mention, however, is support. I always recommend people to choose a web host provider with 24/7 support. You never know when your website might crash or get hacked. If it happens in the middle of the night, you don’t want to wait until the morning to speak to someone. Even if it costs extra, the ability to speak to a support rep at all times of the day is with worth the additional investment.