NOT ALL HOSTING PROVIDERS AND PLANS ARE CREATED EQUAL.
When it comes to choosing a hosting provider many people are unaware of what exactly they are choosing. They just know they need a hosting company in order to get a website, and often will simply pick the cheapest option. But all hosting providers and plans are not considered equal and there are some things to consider before choosing the right one for your business.
Are you a beginner?
If this is your first rodeo, chances are your going to need help. When I first started out I would mess things up quite a bit and get that dreaded "White Screen of Death!" Thats when your entire site vanishes and all you see is a blank white screen. Your stomach drops, as you fear all you have been working on is gone forever! In that moment your going to want a Hosting Provider with great support.
HOSTING WITH LIVE CHAT SUPPORT
If your having one of those emergency moments your going to want live chat support. I've dealt with hosting providers that only had email support. So your sweating it out for a day waiting for a response. Your going to want immediate live chat support.
HOSTING COMPANY WITH SUPPORT YOU CAN LEARN FROM
Just because they have live chat doesn't necessarily mean the help will be all that fantastic. I've spent many hours on chat with some companies and got absolutely no where. The good news is that you can always switch hosting companies if you find yourself unhappy with your current hosting provider.
Excellent support means they are willing to figure out the issue and walk you through fixing it. This way you can learn from it. But if learning is not your thing, you may also want a company that is willing to fix the issue on their own.
What's their average uptime?
DOES THE PLAN HAVE FREE DAILY BACK UPS?
ARE YOU BUILDING A WORDPRESS WEBSITE?
If your looking to build a Wordpress website your going to want a hosting company that provides a Wordpress plan. The reason for this is because Wordpress sites need to be updated frequently. There is your Wordpress install, your chosen theme, the plugins that you have added. Each one of these will be updated time to time and if your not on top of updating them they will become outdated, components of your website will start to break and when things break your leaving yourself very vulnerable for viruses. With a wordpress hosting plan you can chose to have your upgrades done automatically.
Wordpress hosting plans also make it very easy for you to get started installing Wordpress with just a click of a button.
WILL YOU NEED A STAGING SITE?
IS EMAIL INCLUDED IN THE PLAN?
A website is the face of your business. Your taking the time to portray to your clients what your business is all about. Fantastic! Now don't ruin it by using a @hotmail contact email! You want to look professional, which means your going to want an email with your domain name, firstname.lastname@example.org. Originally email was always included in plans. That's not always the case now. Be aware of hosting providers that do not include email in the plan, and make it available at an extra monthly fee.
DOES THE PLAN MATTER AND WHAT IS SHARED HOSTING?
Shared hosting is, as it implies, a hosting plan where you share an IP address with other websites. The reason for this is to keep costs down. But if your sharing with 30-50 others it could effect your site speed and this will in turn affect your website rankings. If you already have hosting you can find out how many others you are sharing with by visiting IP Fingerprints . A client of mine was experiencing issues with his website and I found out that he was sharing an IP address with more people than any of my other clients, nearly 50 others were using that IP. If your having issues with site speed and have an IP that is shared with many other sites, you man want to consdier getting a dedicated IP address.
IS AN EARTH FRIENDLY HOSTING PROVIDER IMPORTANT TO YOU?
If reducing your carbon footprint is important to you, your in luck. There are a few environmentally friendly hosting providers to choose from. Such as GreenGeeks. This energy efficient company focuses on minimizing waste, and investing in renewable energy. For each amperage they pull from the grid, they invest 3 times that in the form of renewable energy.
New York Hosting Companies: Supporting Local
If supporting local businesses is important to you, there are a handful of hosting companies in New York. HostRocket is located in Clifton Park, NY and has been around since 1999. ARWebhosting is located in NYC. They have plans started at $5.50 and offer Wordpress specific solutions. To view a complete list of New York hosting companies take a look at the list at HostSearch.
DO YOU NEED HELP PICKING A HOSTING PROVIDER?
If your overwhelmed by the options head over to Hosting Facts to find the top rated hosting providers. They have providers rated based on cost, speed, and support. This can help you narrow it down.