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AltusHost Guide to Choosing the Best Hosting Service

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 3:23
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There are many factors needed to consider before choosing a web hosting service. Choosing a web hosting service is an important thing, and like all important decisions, it is not easy to make. There are many companies out there offering web hosting services and almost all of them say that they offer superb support, unlimited resources and great up-time. It can be hard to see through all of these promises and have an objective outlook on your needs. Making an informed decision is hard when most companies have sugar coated services. This is why I have talked with the people at the AltusHost web hosting company who have great experience and expertise in this field. This article will help you make the right choice with objective advice and concrete facts. With a better understanding of what web hosting companies mean when they say certain things, you will be able to decide what kind of package you need. Most related terms may seem complicated, however, once someone has explained everything, it will be easy to decide which web host is good for you.

How to know which web hosting service you need

The first thing you must establish before anything else are your own hosting needs. It is impossible to find the appropriate service if you don’t know what you need. There are many parameters that affect your needs and there are several questions you must ask yourself in order to get a clearer picture.

  • What kind of a website am I going to have?

  • Do I need Windows applications to run on my website?

  • Does my website need some sort of special software?

  • How much web traffic do I expect on my web site?

These are the most fundamental questions that need to be answered, and just like making a business plan, it is also important to plan out how things need to develop around your website in the next year or so.  For example, if your website is for a new and anonymous small business, then you should start slowly with some dependable shared hosting accounts. Relatively new companies should not expect huge traffic in the beginning of their work and this is the main reason why a shared hosting account is the right choice. It is very easy to maintain, cheap and sufficient. Additionally, it can be upgraded to dedicated hosting or a VPS, if your traffic starts growing unexpectedly fast. If the main purpose of your site is to share your experience with family and friends while practicing, then free hosting will probably be enough. It will have the downsides of free hosting such as ads and slow responsiveness, but it won’t prevent you from testing a few things out.


Does your web hosting service have site backup?


The internet is an unsafe place and there are times when unexpected things happened which can make the site crash. Sometimes a hacker will get into your WordPress blog and destroy your index.php file, sometimes your site will get nuked until it can’t handle it anymore and, in some situations, the server can have a hard disk failure. This is why you should choose a web hosting provider who offers regular site backup and you will not have to worry about these kinds of incidents. With a backup, the web host will be able to restore your full site in no time. When it comes to this issue you should ask your potential web host these questions:


  • Will you provide me with full site backups regularly?

  • Can site backup be done easily using the control panel?

  • Can I perform the restoration of backup files by myself or do I have to wait for the technical support team?

Naturally, the answer you would want for these questions should be yes. If you don’t have backups, you might lose valuable information on your site and lose a lot of money while trying to get it back running. People might think that you are out of business and you will lose valuable time. However, if your site is just a simple blog you made to practice blogging or sharing, than it may not be necessary to have backup as it costs additional money.


Technical support


The people at AltusHost share our opinion that tech support is something that has a lot of importance. Having a backup is important, however there are many other things that can go wrong and you will need someone to help you deal with these problems. When your site has some unexpected problems or goes down, you will need someone to talk to and address these things. When a site goes down for some unknown reason, talking to someone in person means a lot. A good tech support team can give you concrete advice on how to fix your site, or they can deal with the problem themselves. Before even thinking about choosing a web host, check whether you should heck their reputation for customer support. Find out what experiences have people had with their customer support in the past. Ask every potential web hosting provider how you can contact them. Can you contact them with a phone, through e-mail or via chat? See how much time they dedicate to their customers and how quick their response time is. Having a web hosting service that needs three days to answer your calls is something nobody can afford.  

To sum it up, there are no perfect web hosts out there. Giving the most money doesn’t mean that you will get the best service available. Many hosts like to inflate their services and confuse customers. This is why it is very important to get informed as much as possible about a certain servicer. Aiming for services which are the cheapest is also probably a not good idea. The best choice is somewhere in the middle, so choose the host according to your needs.


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  • Hosting is a medicine for your web-site: it should be available even when you’re out of computer. It should fix the bugs and give you money. My helper is service – ever fast and cheap!

  • There’s no such thing, as ‘the best’ service – all are good and the best for someone personally. However, we estimate quality, previous client’s base, energetic approach, price and work time frames. These indicators are good at so the site maintanance is performed very well. Good luck!

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