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Your web host is what keeps your website live and accessible on the Internet. And if you want consistent, reliable access, you need to make an educated decision when choosing your host. So, as you’re trying to choose a web host, here are some things you should consider.
Depending on your expected volume of traffic for your site, your hosting needs will vary. The basic types are:
Make sure you choose a web host that offers the service you need for your website and isn’t trying to funnel you into a plan that won’t fit your needs.
When your website goes down, you want to get it up again as soon as possible. Avoid anyone who doesn’t offer 24-hour support with a fast turnaround. Ideally, they should provide phone support, email access, and online chat. You can even test their response time by sending an email with a few question about service. How quickly do they get back, and what is your experience with their customer service team?
You should have an understanding of how much storage and bandwidth you will need, and you should give yourself room to grow. Also see if your webhost allows for add-on domains and how well you will be able to upgrade your hosting as your website grows.
If you’re handing commerce on your site rather than through a 3rd party service, you will need SSL for basic security. Your host should also provide several lines of security to be sure your site stays safe. Also be sure they offer a backup service with automatic daily backups.
We currently recommend Pantheon for our clients.