Before purchasing your website hosting package, you need to make sure that it will be reliable. Having an undependable website host will lead to problems for your business.
Having an unreliable website will not only damage your chance at gaining business, but it will also damage your businesses name. If somebody goes online to find your website, and it is down, or running slow then the chances are they will never use your website again.
The best way to find out if a web host is reliable is to check around various third party websites for hundreds of customer reviews, as customers do not have a motive to give a positive or negative review. There are a few things you should look for when searching for reliability, these points are; high security, fast connection, a reliable firewall and outstanding up time. If the web host does not score highly for the above, then there is no point purchasing this web hosting service, regardless of the price.
After checking all of the third-party websites for customer reviews, you should then check to see what the websites say directly. Highly reputable companies will not lie about crucial statistics as they have too much to lose if they are proven to be incorrect, by an independent panel. These tests are carried out regularly; therefore, the risk (even for small companies) is too high.
Making sure that the provider has terrific firewall, spam and security protection is a must. A web host that does not have a reliable security system will leave itself open to potential hackers. If the web host security is compromised then you are in danger of losing all of your information, including other people’s payment details. To avoid this, try and stay with the mainstream companies. The reason why they are mainstream web hosts is that there security is top of the line.
Another feature of reliability is the speed which the web host operates. Without premium speed, your web host is liable to cave at peak traffic times. This means at evenings and weekends, when the majority of people are trying to access your website, your website will not work, or will work so slowly that it may as well be down.
Remember it is all about research, and this job lies with you. In life you often get what you pay for, this does not mean that all cheap web hosts are unreliable, but this does mean you need to make sure the web host offers exceptional security, alongside good speed at all times. Then you have to back these facts up with third-party research from customers who have no motive to offer positive or negative results.
Maintaining, operating and building a website for either business or personal use is hard enough without your web host being unreliable as well. Putting in the effort initially will save you a lot of hassle in the long run, and if a reliable web hosting package is only slightly more expensive than an unproven then you should almost certainly pay slightly more.