8 Tips For Choosing the Right Web Hosting Company


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8 Tips For Choosing the Right Web Hosting Company

Choosing a web-hosting company indeed is a big decision.

Choosing well will be a huge boost to your site, without a doubt, while making a poor decision can cause all kinds of headaches, as well as unnecessary expenses. Here are eight tips for choosing the right web hosting company.

Reputation

It’s important to do some research on the market reputation of any web hosting companies you are considering. Check out web hosting review guides, where you can view ratings and reviews posted by customers and experts in the industry. Huffington Post has some good guides and your needs. It’s generally better to play it safe and go with a web-hosting service with a lot of experience and expertise, and that has been well received by the market.

Know your hosting needs

Think about your hosting needs. Are you planning on hosting video? Will your users be able to register and upload their own content? Will you be hosting high-quality multimedia such as infographics and images? Get a good estimate on your website’s daily traffic, or you could end up paying too much for service you don’t need or paying for a server that cannot keep up with your visitor traffic. Think about your hosting needs. Are you planning on hosting a video.

Cybersecurity requirements

Look into your prospective hosts’ cybersecurity measures and their security track records. Make sure they offer distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection, web application firewall, and encryption. Many companies have lost money and customers due to downtime and loss of reputation from a cyber attack, so make it a priority when choosing your hosting service.

Infrastructure

Your host’s infrastructure is incredibly important. Check how many uplink carriers there are at each hosting location. Look at their network topology and see if they have diverse carriers. Check how many peers the company has. The more peers there are, the lower the IP transit cost and the more resilient the network is. Also, keep in mind, that physical location of your provider’s data center is not quite relevant.

Scalability

You may find your requirements change as your enterprise grows or changes, so you’ll want to factor a hosting company’s scalability into your decision. Choose a company that can accommodate growth. You’ll save some serious headaches down the road if you just accept that your needs will probably change over time. It’s much better to do this than to have to go through the process of switching to a hosting company that can handle your increased capacity.

Do you need a specialist?

Some hosting companies welcome all types of businesses, while some have fine-tuned their hosting to service a market niche. If you are a brand using a certain technology or in a certain industry, a specialized web-hosting company may be the right call for you. “One big advantage of a specialist web-host is they may assist you with your application layer, using programs such as WordPress, Adobe Experience Manager, or Sitecore. They will often include products and features that will give you an advantage over generalist host,” advises Christine Collier, blogger at UK Services Reviews.

Price

Price will always be a big factor in any business decision. But don’t pick a hosting service just because they are the cheapest. “Try and balance a quality plan that meets your requirements at a reasonable price. You’re better off picking a quality company, that is well reviewed, than a cheap option you will come to regret later,” recommends Floyd Gonzalez, the businessman at Elite Assignment Help.

Free trials

One big positive for a web-hosting company is whether or not they offer a free trial. A free trial is a good sign the company is confident in their services and ability to satisfy their customers. A free trial is your best way to judge whether the hosting company is a good fit for you. Definitely, take advantage of a free trial, you’re spending hard earned money on this service after all, so you should take all the precautions available. The worst case scenario is you are unimpressed with the free trial and move on to another web-hosting company, free of charge.
Take your time and weigh your options when you are choosing your hosting company. Spending a bit more time now could save you a lot of time and trouble later. Make sure your company has a solid reputation, can meet your hosting needs, has adequate cybersecurity measures, has a solid infrastructure, can cover your site as it grows, has a reasonable price, and offers a free trial. Also, consider a specialist web-hosting company if you think you may require one.

About the author: Rachel Summers has worked for a variety of companies, big and small, including Write My Australia, where she led a custom writing service. She has also been a social media manager for seven years. In her spare time, Rachel advises start-up businesses about social media strategies. For more of her articles, check out her blog.

WordPress Mistakes You Should Definitely Avoid

WordPress has always been the go-to choice for people who want to create a fully functional website or have an eCommerce store up and running in no time.

Why?

Well, it’s a fact that WordPress is super fast and easy to set up. You can easily have a blog ready (which you need) in just a few simple clicks. However, because of how easy it is to create a website, many people tend to forget that WordPress is not very tolerant when you make basic mistakes in it.

These WordPress mistakes that you should definitely avoid are quite common among beginners and doing them could undo all the benefits that the CMS has to offer and drag down your website.

Make sure that your WordPress website runs smoothly by avoiding these popular WordPress mistakes that beginners tend to do!

Backup, Backup, Backup

Do you have a backup for your WordPress website?

If you don’t, well,  you have a huge problem just coming after you.

Having backups for your website is absolutely essential because they act as an insurance in case of anything bad happens to your website. You might not think that you’ll get attacked by hackers or get a virus, but if you do, you’re going to regret not having a backup of your website at the ready.

Thankfully, a number of hosting providers do offer backup services, which can be automated and performed regularly. All you have to do is set it and you’re done. However, some might not provide this service. In which case, you’ll have the all the backup yourself.

WordPress does offer plugins that help you do the backup process itself. Plugins such as Duplicator or BackUpBuddy are easy and simple to use, even if you have no tech knowledge at all.

Having admin as your username

Do you still have “admin” as a user on your WordPress website? Or worse, is it still the default user or main account? Then you’re definitely a target for a security breach.

Practicing smart shared hosting security techniques is important for any website but it’s far too often that the user itself is the cause of the security breach. One of those causes is by having “admin” still as your username as it’s basically akin to having one door unlocked for hackers.

It’s important that you change your username as soon as possible. If you’re sure how to do it, here’s a simple step-by-step procedure on how to change your account username:

– Use your “admin” account to log into your wp-admin dashboard and create a new full-administrator user with a new username.

– Then log into the new full-administrator user account that you’ve created.

– Check and confirm that you attribute all the content from the old “admin” user to the new user. Finally, delete the old “admin” account.

Not setting up your permalinks

When a new page gets created or you write a new post, WordPress will automatically give it a web address (URL) for the page. The new page’s URL will always follow the template set by WordPress. Unfortunately, the default setting for that template is usually a number scheme that barely makes any sense and looks like this:

mysite.com/?p=169

That’s not easy to type or remember. It’s best to change that into something that’s more search engine friendly. The good news is that it’s actually quite easy to change to your permalinks and you only have to do it once.

Here’s what you need to do:

– Open up your WordPress dashboard and hover over “Settings”

– Find the option for “Permalinks” and click on it

– Change your permalinks setting from the default. We generally use “Post Name”.

It’s important that you set up your permalinks as soon as possible. The longer you wait, then any pages you create will have your old link settings. If you change the links after they’ve been live for a while, then the links will no longer lead visitors to those pages. Instead, they will get a “Page Not Found” error and you don’t want that.

Ignoring updates on your WordPress

One of the biggest misconceptions that beginners have about WordPress updates is that it might cause compatibility issues with the current features or their site or even lead to data and content loss. Here’s the thing, updates are really important in order to improve the platform’s performance, speed, security, compatibility, usability, and management.

When you see a new update for WordPress, we recommend that you do it as soon as possible. Having an updated WordPress will keep you protected from any vulnerabilities or potential attacks towards your website.

If you’re too lazy to do a manual update, you can set your WordPress to update automatically so that you don’t have to deal with the whole process yourself.

Otherwise, to manually enable automatic updates for WordPress, simply add this single line of code to your wp-config.php file:

define( ‘WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE’, true );

This will enable all core updates. You can add the following bit of code to your function.php file if you just want important security and major changes but to skip nightly builds and other development updates.

add_filter( ‘allow_dev_auto_core_updates’, ‘__return_false’ );

Picking and using the wrong themes

When you’re starting a website, you’re going to be using a lot of money on things such as a year of web hosting. Because of this, you might be tempted to cut costs and opt for free themes instead.

Don’t! Because a theme can make or break a website.

One of the biggest mistakes that you can make when starting a WordPress website is to not use a powerful theme. It’s important that you choose the right theme as it will serve as the backbone of your site. A free theme might not be coded properly which could affect your site’s performance or lack of plugin support which limits what you can use.

Going for a quality or premium theme will offer you better customization options and gives you the ability to make it look just how you want it. If you want to have a really good looking site, even if it’s just a blog, then you should definitely get a good theme.

Some factors that you might consider before deciding on a theme are the aesthetics, SEO compatibility, responsiveness, and plugin support.

Using a bad host

When you create your website, you need a place to store it. That’s where a web host comes in and far too often, people just choose whichever web host is available.

Unfortunately, not all web hosts are created equal. Some might be better suited for WordPress sites and some might not. If you’re on a tight budget, you can go for the cheapest web hosting available that are still pretty good.

If you want to take full advantage of your WordPress website, then we recommend going for web hosts that specializes in WordPress hosting such as AltusHost’s Business Hosting. You can get great hosting features with high server performance at reasonable price.

Using images the wrong way

A website without any images is a bland website. If you want to make sure that your blog or eCommerce site stands out, you’re going to have to stock it up with plenty of images.

However, don’t make the mistake of uploading an image that’s over 20MB in size. Why? Because bigger, heavier, and larger files will take longer to load and will cause your website to slow down.

You should always optimize your images before uploading it to your site in order to ensure that it will load fast and smooth for the user. It’s pointless to upload billboard-sized images when it’s going be no bigger than a dollar bill on your website.

So how do you fix this? You can use Photoshop to edit the image into a smaller size or use plugins such as wp-smush and compress the images before uploading it to your media gallery. Keeping your images optimized will go a long way in keeping your WordPress website loading smoothly.

Going crazy with plugins

When you first start a WordPress website, you will definitely be overwhelmed by the number of plugins available. And while there are a number of great plugins that can help your website, beginners tend to go a bit overboard with installing as much as possible.

Sure, there’s no rule that says that you can’t install as many plugins as possible, but if it were up to us, we’d say that less is more. If you can manage your entire WordPress website with zero plugins, then great, you don’t need to read any further.

As for the rest of us, you need to know that there’s one big issue with installing too many plugins and that’s different plugins don’t always play nice with one another.

It’s bound to happen if you have a lot of plugins installed on your website. Your website might be fine with plugin-A and plugin-B installed, but adding plugin-C might cause everything to go haywire!

Another tip that you should follow is to never install a plugin that has not been tested with your version of WordPress. You should always use the latest version that’s been tested so that it runs smoothly.

Sure, there are many more mistakes that you could make when you first start making your website. However, if you avoid the mistakes that we’ve listed above, we guarantee that you’ll have a smooth running WordPress website in no time.

About the author: Jason Chow is a fan of technology, WordPress, and entrepreneurship. He is an outreach manager for WHSR and WebRevenue.io. Jason is also a marketer – he likes to read news related to startups and Internet marketing.

 

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