There are several important factors to consider when choosing a website hosting provider. Remember that if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is… A few important considerations include:
- Bandwidth Limits–
In this instance, the term “bandwidth” refers to the data rate supported by a network interface. Bandwidth represents the capacity of a network connection for supporting data transfers. Higher network bandwidth translates to better performance. Some hosting providers advertise “unlimited” bandwidth but when you read the service agreement you’ll notice, in reality, there is no such thing as unlimited. Cheap website hosts use bandwidth throttling to intentionally slow Internet service. Throttling is a reactive measure used to regulate network traffic and minimize bandwidth congestion. You’ll notice toward the end of your billing period your website becomes very slow, with increasing page load timeouts when throttling is being utilized.
- Storage Space Limits–
Companies like GoDaddy advertise “unlimited” storage however upon reviewing the service agreement you’ll notice they limit:
- the number of files one account can store,
- the number of databases,
- data transfers.
- Who Are Your Neighbors–
If your sharing a server with spammers, thousands of other websites and/or sites with excessive usage your website performance will suffer. Read more at Bad Neighbors – Pitfalls of Cheap Hosts
- Regular Redundant Backups–
Any web host should perform regularly scheduled backups to safeguard your website files and data. The backups should be redundant and not consistently overwritten to ensure that in the case of catastrophic failure, the servers data can be restored. Probably the most common need to restore from backup is when a website has been hacked.
A functional well-managed website is priceless! Website management can help diagnose issues with web servers, prevent hackers from gaining access and ensure you business website is functioning optimally – before revenue is lost. Businesses have a lot of options when it comes to website management. Let IMC Website Management take care of maintenance, repairs and promotion. We’ll manage every aspect of your website including complicated upgrades, repairs and security. We don’t stop there; we take care of getting the word out about your website by effectively marketing your site to search engines, directories and social media.