My dad has always been a researcher. When we are doing anything from buying farmland to taking a family vacation to choosing where we would live during college, he has put in time and effort to make sure all of his bases are covered and that each option has been weighed. In fact, when his two daughters were looking at housing options for when they moved seven hours across the state to attend college, he created a spreadsheet with everything from cost to pros and cons of each option we toured. He wanted to make sure that, even if it was not the cheapest option, we were getting the most beneficial living situation out of our first year of college. The same can be said of website hosting, where the cheapest option is likely not the best option. Like housing, website hosting is not an area where you want to skimp. With most things in life you get what you pay for, and it matters where your website is hosted. There are several things you should know before deciding where your website will be hosted.
First, every website hosting service is different. Many of the bigger names are cheaper, but when a problem arises, you have to go through lots of red tape to have the issue resolved. Different web hosts offer shared hosting where your website is loaded onto a server with many other websites. This can cause problems with your site, such as slow load speeds or a compromised site on your server causing trickle down issues with yours. A better option if you expect high traffic and need more bandwidth is dedicated hosting, which puts your website on its own server.
Second, not every hosting service offers extra security. If website safety is a concern for you, you are more exposed to hackers, viruses, and more on a shared server. A dedicated hosting service would be a better option for you. Should security be one thing you are not willing to skimp on, you may want to pay a little extra money to avoid a bigger problem down the road.
Finally, site backups are an important part of hosting. If something happens and you are to lose your website or it is compromised, it is vital that there is a functioning backup of your most recent version of your website available to use and restore.
Your Web Pro offers dedicated hosting services. We do not overload our servers, and we are available to fix any issue that may arise at any given time. Your website is backed up at off-site locations every night so you do not have to worry about losing valuable information. Contact us today to learn more!