Cost should not be the only factor considered when you decide on website hosting. A cheap host may seem like a good idea but it can be a costly mistake.
You may end up with an under-performing website which will impact the way your website works, how fast it loads, as well as how secure it is against hacks and server crashes.
The following 5 Hosting Companies are the ones I recommend. I have used many different companies over the years.
Some of the hosting providers are household names due to their TV ads and marketing efforts. Stay clear of Godaddy, BlueHost, anything owned by EIG as they are all known to be problematic and expensive (someone has to pay for those TV ads lol) often charging additional costs for things quality hosting providers include with every hosting package.
Recommended Website Hosting
I recommend Website Hosting providers based on 4 main factors:
Reliability & Uptime, WordPress Compatibility, Speed, and Customer Care
Since there are so many hosting options available out there, here’s a number of things and features you should take into consideration when choosing Website Hosting provider.
How To Choose The Right Website Hosting
Before going for a cheap or random website hosting provider, please consider that your hosting choice will impact the way your website works, how fast it loads, as well as how secure it is against hacks and server crashes.
Since there are so many options available out there, here’s a number of things and features you should take into consideration when choosing a hosting provider.
Speed is very important for your website as mobile UX is important for your SEO and nobody wants to view a slow website. Look at the various options that your hosting provider offers, this can be anything from shared hosting (which has a limited bandwidth and disk space) to dedicated server hosting (which are very fast and host only your site).
Data Centre Location
Find out where is the hosting provider is located and whether they have servers that are close to your audience.
This is important when looking to provide a quick loading site for your viewers, the closer the servers are to your audience the better the loading times for your site.
Slow websites lose business and may have higher bounce rates, which harmfully impact your SEO.
What is your price range? We suggest you spend the most that your budget allows, If you can afford that fancy new phone you can afford quality website hosting to power your business.
Better hosting improves SEO, site speed and customer satisfaction, which hopefully can help with conversions for your business.
The best value providers are Siteground & Hostinger. WPengine has a higher price tag but it’s warranted as their customer support is the best we have tried We have created hundreds of websites and used many services. Cloudways is our personal
WPEngine offers built-in caching, and optimized loading time for WordPress sites. Whilst they are more expensive, especially for multi-sites, if you have large amounts of traffic, require fast speed and have the budget, it’s an investment worth making.
Always check reviews online of what people are saying about your hosting provider. Do they have good comments? What is their up time (the time that websites are likely to be live)? And do they respond to their customers promptly?
The providers we’ve recommended above we also chose due to their support teams. Each one of them is offering good support with prompt responses.
Again, check their locations to make sure that they work well with your time zone and whether support is included with your plan.
Do you have huge amounts of traffic coming in or are you only starting out?
This should be taken into consideration when choosing your hosting provider.
If you’re a new business, you’re likely to have lower traffic – so a shared hosting plan will work fine for you for the first 6 -12 months. If you have an established blog or site and can see a considerable amount of traffic coming in on a regular basis, a shared hosting plan isn’t going to work.
We recommend using Google Analytics to carefully track your sites progress and the number of monthly visitors. This will also be useful when you try to decide whether you should upgrade your hosting plan or switch to a different provider.
If you have a current hosting provider and are considering a change, we recommend contacting one of the above mentioned providers. Check the options they offer, many provide free, or paid switching services so you can be assured that your content is going to be moved correctly. Others also offer free domains, 1-click WordPress installs, as well as great site backup options.
Honestly, choosing a great hosting service should always be viewed as a business investment rather than an expense, don’t just go for the first provider, and don’t consider cost as the main factor. With hosting, you really get value for your money. Your decision will influence your site performance, reflected in the experience your customers receive when they visit your site.
With our maintenance plans we take care of your website updates, so you can focus on running and expanding your business.
Website Hosting FAQ
What is website hosting?
Hosting is where the files of your website are housed and served when someone types in your domain name (www.yourname.com).
Do you provide hosting
Yes, we have a website maintenance plan that includes hosting
Can you set up my hosting for me?
Yes of course. We do that for most of our clients. We also offer a setup service for you if you are confused and now sure what to do.