Choosing Right Hosting for your Website [Expert Tips]

By: Sunil Kumar |  In: Server  |  Last Updated: 2017/10/14

Choosing Right Hosting for your Website [Expert Tips]

Choosing a good web hosting can be a tough task like anything else.

Especially when there are a lot of companies promising 99.9% uptime, unlimited bandwidth, storage, 24*7 customer support… and much more.

If you choose right host for your website, it will be a lifelong award for you. because you will be spending your time to build your product instead to wasting it on solving the server issues.

Understanding Your Requirements

Before you start looking for a hosting mate, take a moment to think what are the options available and which one is your meat.

There are different type of web hosting available in the market. Each one of them has their own purpose, pros and cons.

So before choosing hosting, you must be aware of which type of hosting is best suited for your website.

If you are running small business or blog or small product website shared hosting is the best option available. But if you are running a medium or large size business dedicated servers should be your target.

Once you have a clear picture of your website and hosting requirements you are ready for hunting.

1. Uptime

Uptime is considered a measurement of the health of your website. Nothing is more important than having a 24×7 operating web host.

Whether you are a multinational corporation or a blogger, a small business or a nonprofit, a retailer or news site, if traffic can’t reach your website – which of course does exist when servers are not working, it is effectively closed for business.

And that,

In a nutshell, is why hosting uptime, the percentage of time a given site is available to Internet users, is a critical concern for every website.

Most(almost all) of the service providers are promising to have 99% Uptime. It looks like great to have a Uptime of 99%.

But stop…

Have you ever calculated what does 99% means ??

If not I have calculated it for you-

  • 99% means may have a downtime of 7 hours and 20 min
  • 99.9% means you may have a downtime of 32 minute
  • 99.99% means you may have a downtime of 8 minute
  • 99.999% means you may have a downtime of 1 min

No hosting service provider can offer you a uptime of 100%, Regardless what they are promising. I mean they can provide you for a couple of months but for a long run, eventually, they will hit one.

So 99% uptime is not what you should be looking for. Everything below 99.9% is unacceptable.

2. Speed & Performance

The world seems to have grown into space where everyone wants everything instantly. No one would want to spend their time waiting for a website to spin and load at its own pace.

It is the most crucial factor to consider while choosing a web hosting service provider.

Suppose you are providing awesome content, you are up for the 24*7 but your service is too slow.

Even Google will penalise your website if it loads slower. Website with good speed ranks better on every aspect of the SEO.

There is no meaning of 100% uptime if you are unable to provide the content on-time.

Also Read:

15 Tips to Speed-up Your Website

Go through the checklist while you are evaluating a hosting provider

  • The server on multiple continents – Because server from multiple continents will ensure the fastest connection for the user. Because after all, a closer connection is faster.
  • Servers with SSDs rather than spinning hard drives will load your website faster.
  • Caching option also can speed your website significantly. Look out for options like PHP 7 opcode caching, Memcached/Redis object caching, Nginx/Varnish full page caching, CDN, and ElasticSearch/Solr full text searching.

3. Technical Customer support

Whether you are a beginning blogger or an experienced business owner or a smart tech guy, You will need a dedicated technical support behind you.

Your host must offer good technical support available 24×7 including holidays whether you are using free service or paid, so whenever your site goes down, for any reason you can get an instant technical support.

Before going with a host, look into their reputation for customer support. See what kinds of different ways you can contact them when you need support – email, toll-free phone, chat, and so on. Are they staffed 24/7? Do they outsource support?

Also, make sure that their support department is in-house, not outsourced.

4. Costing

This is an aspect most of the people look at first while choosing a hosting provider while it should not be a deciding factor.

Saving few bucks a month should not be your goal when choosing hosting provider for your business. What you should be looking for is the value you are getting for your money.

By all means look around and look for best value for the money, not the cheapest one.If you have a website with good traffic, don’t go for the free or cheaper hosting provider. because they don’t have so much customization option available for you.

If you go for free or cheap hosting provider you may be saving some bucks but you will be losing money in term of SEO, user experience and much more way.

Providing fast, reliable, secure hosting costs money. Paying a reasonable price is an investment in your own website by strengthening the company who is hosting it. Paying for a premium product can even feel good!

5. Tech Specs / Limitations

Take a look at your site and do a little survey of your site that what you want to do with it. What will be your technical requirement like programming language, web server, operating system, CMS, database, caching server etc. ? Your host provider should be providing all the things you require for your website.

Most of the hosting service provider provides unlimited bandwidth and storage but still, it should be your concern while going for a hosting.

If you’re hoping to host a blog, an e-commerce site, rich content, and videos, then you shouldn’t go with the cheapest hosting package you can find. Because they will not be able to provide the facilities you need for your website.


So at the end, I want to say that after reading this guide you must be at the floor where you think twice before choosing any hosting company for your website. Becuase it’s not easy to switch hosting from one server to other on daily basis. You have to think for a long run about your website while choosing a hosting company.

Because you don’t want to waste your time on solving server problems. Choose a company which best suits your requirements and in your budget. With a good hosting service provider, you will be able to give yours most on your business development instead of wasting your time on server things.


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