Is your site running too slow? Does it go down all the time? One of the biggest mistakes that any small business makes is that they choose the wrong web hosting company.
The main reason for this is that too many companies make their decisions on what web host to use based on price.
But like the saying goes: “You get what you pay for”.
While the up-front cost for a cheap web hosting plan might seem appealing, you will actually end up paying more in the future due to lost business and lost time.
And you might pull your hair out with frustration.
Avoid Shared Hosting
The first thing I would do when looking for a good web host is to avoid any shared web hosting plans. These are the web hosting plans that are promoted the most on the web. They seem cheap from the look of things, and you can find plans for less than $5 a month.
The reason why they are so popular with web hosting companies is that they can pack a lot of users on a single server. That means everyone on that server has to share memory, CPU, and disk space resources with everyone else. The more customers that they can pack on a single server, the more money that web hosting company can make.
So what happens when you have a site that’s hogging up all the resources on that server? It slows that server down to a crawl, or even worse, brings the server down.
That’s why if you are a serious company, you should never put your site up on a shared hosting server.
Avoid the Hype
There are a lot of web hosting companies that get hyped up for artificial reasons. The most common of these reasons is because of the affiliate commissions they offer their affiliates. Some companies offer such high commissions that affiliates will promote these web hosts no matter whether they are good or not. So you really need to be on the watch for this.
One example of this is WP Engine. They offer WordPress Hosting and you see a lot of sites dedicated to promoting this web host. But as you can read from this WP Engine review post by Matthew Woodward, some web hosts are not as good as they are hyped up to be.
Go With a Virtual Private Server (VPS)
At a minimum, your business should run on a VPS. It’s more affordable then a dedicated server, but much more reliable then a shared hosting plan.
With a VPS, you’re basically running a virtual machine on a single server. A single physical server can host multiple virtual servers. But unlike shared hosting, every VPS is isolated from the rest.
As a customer, you have complete control over your VPS in terms of what operating system you are running and what software you can install on it.
One choice you need to make when picking a VPS is whether to go with a Managed or Unmanaged VPS. With a Managed VPS, your web host will install everything you need for your VPS for you. This includes the OS and any control panel (like cPanel) you might want to use. They will also apply any security fixes and patches when necessary.
With an Unmanaged VPS, you will have to do all this yourself. While Unmanaged VPS are usually cheaper, I would go for a Managed VPS unless you are extremely technically savvy.
Which VPS To Go With
So now that I’ve convinced you that a VPS is a way to go, which VPS should you go with? Our current favorite VPS is WiredTree. They offer some excellent VPS packages for an affordable price and their uptime is excellent.
What makes WiredTree stand out is their awesome technical support. You will get a response from them in under 10 minutes and they use highly qualified (non-outsourced) technicians.
But whatever web host you end up going with, make sure you don’t make the decision lightly. Choosing a good web host is one of the most important decisions you are going to make for your company, so make it a good one.