One of the largest concerns that a new business should have when attempting to facilitate a web presence is the web hosting that they choose for their online business. The server that hosts your website has a huge effect on the experience of your visitors. Cheap, unreliable web hosting will lead to issues browsing your website and end up having a negative effect on your bottom-line.
Some of the ways your web hosting will effect your visitors include:
- Page loading speed
- Error page frequency
- Image loading speed
It is important that new businesses that are taking their online presence seriously invest in a reliable web host that will ensure that their website is always reachable by their customers while providing an excellent user experience. When searching for web hosting, there are several things that must be taken into consideration.
Average Load Speed
Locate some websites that are using the host that you are considering. Web hosts will often promote some of the websites that they are hosting on their own page. Test them out, and get a feel for how fast the websites are loading. If you notice any lag or slow loading times you may want to begin looking at other hosts.
You can use the Pingdom website speed test to get an accurate reading of the page speed of any website.
Customer service is an important aspect in your choice of web host. When a problem arises, you want to make sure that it is quickly taken care of so you can ensure that your customers are able to access your website. Speak with a customer service representative and ask some questions before making your purchase. How quickly do they respond? Is phone or live chat support available? These are all important aspects of choosing a web host.
When a web host doesn’t provide a good service to their customers it is relatively easy to find that out. Most popular web hosts should have numerous reviews from previous customers available online. Dive into some recent reviews to get a feel for how other recent customers have felt about the service they were provided.
Lastly, don’t discount the smaller, more focused web hosts. They usually have better hardware and customer service.
If you want reliable, high quality web hosting that will help elevate your online business, don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us today. We’ll walk you through the available options and help you find the best hosting choice for your business.
We have been providing focused web hosting since 2005 – we stay current on the latest hardware (like SSD hard drives) and provide great customer service (available by phone, chat and ticketing).