Your web host will provide a home for your website. It’s important that it’s safe, because without a reliable host, your customers and your business could end up being let down.
Here are some factors to consider when choosing a host for your website:
Look for efficient, 24-hour service
You want your hosting company to be responsive and client-focused.
Ensure the hosting company has good technical skills
Be sure they have multiple internet connections so you’re never stuck even if one server is down.
Don’t just go with the cheapest option
Ensure the company you go with is worth it, and that you have the option to upgrade at a later date.
Consider IT security
How are you protected against spam, viruses and other malware? What other precautions are there?
Is the host flexible?
Choose a host based on your future plans, and always consider how your website’s offering will change in the months and years to come.
Make sure your systems are compatible
The last thing you want is to be unable to use the host because system problems are irreconcilable.
Check backup frequency
Backups should be carried out at least daily. If they’re not, ask why.
Check out reviews
You want to be sure that the host is working with similar businesses, and that they are happy with their service.
Examine the contract
Consider the terms and conditions. Is there any flexibility in what is being offered?
Be wary of the possible downsides of offshore options
The host you have will affect your ranking on search engines. There are three factors to consider here: the uptime and downtime of your site, its speed and your host’s location. Search engines like Google favour sites which are locally hosted and have a local domain (such as .ie).
Can your host provide a package?
Some hosts offer a range of services, including website hosting, dedicated servers and business email. It might be easier and more cost-efficient to go with one of these providers, so do your research.