Choosing a Web or Blog Host: These are the ‘MUST-HAVE’ Features!

There are many different qualities to consider when choosing a web or blog host. 

 What are the MUST-HAVE’s?

 

You Want:

  • Potential customers to easily find your site
  • Problems to be resolved quickly
  • Peace of mind knowing the information on your site is secure
  • Managing your site to be uncomplicated
  • Value for money

Doing research and asking the right questions is very important to ensure you find a web host or blog host that suits your business needs.

In this article we have a look at five non-negotiable features.

 

99% Uptime

Wikipedia explains it as follows:

 “High availability (HA) is a characteristic of a system which aims to ensure an agreed level of operational performance, usually uptime, for a higher than normal period.   Availability refers to the ability of the user community to obtain a service or good, access the system. Generally, the term downtime is used to refer to periods when a system is unavailable. Availability is usually expressed as a percentage of uptime in a given year.”

Why is it important that your website is found in browser searches?

Possible answers are to:

  • Establish an online presence and credibility
  • Showcase your products or services
  • Grow your client base
  • Generate more revenue

If your web host’s servers are down, NO ONE can reach your website.

 

24/7 365 Support

Problems are part of everyday life!  It is no different when it comes to web hosting services.  Whether it is an error you created yourself due to a lack of technical knowledge, or a system error, it will need to be resolved.  And quickly!

Make sure you choose a web host that offers access to highly trained technical support, available 24/7 365.  After all, the Internet doesn’t sleep.  Nor should your website!

For peace of mind it is also important that systems are monitored to pre-empt possible errors and avoid it.

A web host with dedicated, accessible and comprehensive support is a MAJOR PLUS!

  

Security

This is an extract from a recent article related to website security and web hosting:

None of us really want to think about the possibility of our website or blog site or even online store being attacked or hacked! It’s like having to think about getting held at gun point or hijacked!  We know the danger is out there but it’s just never going to happen to us … right?!  Truth is we MUST consider that our businesses or private accounts may be breached.

On average there is some kind of online hack or attack taking place every 40 seconds!

Think about all the time, effort and money that have gone into your online presence! Do you really want to put all that at risk with bad security?!  NO!!!

It is easy to see if a website has a reputable firewall, simply use SiteCheck.  It is a free website security check and malware scanner.  Also, when choosing your web host make sure to discuss the security they offer so you may have peace of mind!

It’s simply:  Web host security for your web or blog site is NON-NEGOTIABLE!

  

User-friendly Web Host Interface

 Wikipedia’s definition is:

web hosting control panel is a web-based interface provided by a web hosting service that allows users to manage their servers and hosted services. Web hosting control panels usually include the following modules: Web server (e.g. Apache HTTP Server, NGINX, Internet Information Services) Domain Name System server.

 If you don’t have advanced technical knowledge, you will need a user-friendly web host interface.  An easy one-click installation is not all there is to it!

You need access to:

  • Domains
  • Email accounts
  • Back-up services
  • Security settings
  • Databases
  • Website files
  • Passwords
  • and more

An interface with obvious navigation buttons, icons, graphics and links is what you are looking for : QUICK   EASY  UNCOMPLICATED.

 

Cost Effective

No matter how well a business is doing, there is always a budget ensuring financial health.  However, web hosting costs far less than you think!  So even if you are starting out and have just about no budget, there is an affordable plan for you!  What you need to focus on is finding a web host that will allow your web or blog site to grow along with your business.

Budget for:

  • More storage space
  • Purchasing plugins
  • Adding domains
  • Adding email accounts

Don’t forget to ask about annual renewal costs, what extras will cost and the refund policy.

 

Remember, your web or blog site forms part of your online identity.  It needs to portray your business brand and vision and at the same time showcase the latest trends.  To do this you may need to use plugins or add-ons, change themes and update content frequently.

But no matter how great your web or blog site looks, if your potential customers battle to find it, they will simply move onto the next search result.  Breached security will do irreparable damage to your business.  Time and money will go to waste when you battle to manage the back end of your site.

 

Invest in a reputable web host who offers all of the above features and more!

 

OpenHost has more than 20 years industry experience with domain registration, web hosting services and more.

Speak to us.  We are here to help!

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