There are tens of thousands of web hosting companies out there. The list is virtually endless and new “companies” are popping out almost everyday. This begs the question, how do I find a good web hosting company to host my websites?
Choosing the right hosting provider is extremely important, especially for business owners looking to build their first website. There are countless businesses that lost their websites simply because they went with the wrong web hosting company and this is a fiasco you’d like to avoid.
In this article we will be focused on finding a shared hosting service, the most basic form of web hosting most small business websites require.
Do Not Choose The Cheapest Web Host
In the web hosting industry, there is always another company that seems to offer more features for less money. You should never decide on your web host based on the lowest pricing available. As the saying goes – you get what you pay for. In most cases, a web hosting company that charges more often justify its price by investing in superior hardware, software and staff to provide a service with higher quality and reliability. Exceptions are when the hosting company’s prices are high simply because they pay their affiliates ridiculous amount of money (e.g. EIG-owned companies) which is a topic for another day.
Choosing the cheapest host may save you some money upfront but making the wrong choice will often cause you to spend more money instead. If your website is part of your business, don’t let a few dollars a month be the deciding factor. You will lose more money if your host is always down or worse, goes out of business (and often without warning).
You should always expect to pay a realistic pricing to ensure you receive a reliable service for years to come.
Check Their Uptime Guarantee
The industry standard is a minimum of 99.9% uptime guarantee. Any web hosting company that can’t guarantee a minimum of 99.9% uptime should be crossed off your shopping list immediately if your website is part of your business or you generate income from it.
Fun Fact: Limenex has an industry-leading 100% uptime guarantee across all our cloud hosting services!
How Long Have They Been In Business?
Web hosting companies come and go all the time. Most of these started off as a side project until the owner lost interest in managing it or simply couldn’t make a profit from it, usually due to insanely low prices to attract initial customers. A web hosting company that has been around for at least 5 years is usually a good sign that they are a sustainable business that you can trust.
Do They Provide Daily Backups?
Let’s be frank, many big web hosting companies charge a premium just for you to have daily backup for a peace of mind. You never know when you will mess up your website or accidentally delete an important file. It is always handy if your web hosting provider provides daily backup that you can access to restore files on your own. Backup tools like JetBackup and R1Soft are commonly used for this purpose as they allow you to access the backups from your control panel and easily restore modified and deleted files with a click.
Fun Fact: Limenex uses JetBackup to take daily and monthly backups for all cloud web hosting, business cloud hosting and cloud reseller hosting plans. We keep daily backups for the past 7 days and monthly backups for the past 2 months, giving our customers the peace of mind knowing their data is always secure and can be restored on-demand.
Do They Provide Free SSL Certificates?
It’s 2020 and having an SSL certificate installed on your website is a must or Google will penalize your website. These days, issuing free basic SSL certificates cost next to nothing but some companies refuse to offer it to their clients and prefer to charge their customers a hefty premium to purchase SSL certificates from them to secure their websites.
Are They an EIG Brand?
Long story short, the Endurance International Group (EIG) is one of the biggest, if not the biggest web hosting conglomerate in the world. The quality of service of any company after their acquisition is well documented all over the internet. This article provides a good round-up of why you should find out if your current or potential web host is part of EIG.
Finally, the usual things apply. Check out their website, features, reviews and contact their sales team if necessary if you have any questions before your purchase. Trust your gut feeling if you feel that something is amiss or too good to be true, because it often is.
Anyway, if you are looking for a reliable web hosting company for your website, Limenex is happy to be at your service. 🙂