These days all you need for your website to be up and running is the right amount of bandwidth and disk space. As opposed to long years past where you were imposed with all kinds of limitations, nowadays hosting comes in a lot of choices and at very affordable prices.
Do not make the mistake of thinking domain and web hosting are commodities like gas or electricity. The fact is that they need lots of moving parts to function properly and deliver high quality and uninterrupted services. So selecting a low-cost hosting server may seem rational in this tough economy, but it may cause a lot of harm to your online business.
Here are five factors to consider that will help you create a clear picture of the future of your domain and web hosting, and understand if it is helping your online business or pulling it back.
- Your domain’s load time – Measuring the speed of your website loads (load speed) is important since websites with faster load speeds offer better user experience compared to slow ones. Several factors go into load speeds contribution, including related designs, and have to be considered in order to increase the loading speed of your website.
- Noisy neighbors in shared hosting servers – No one likes noisy neighbors, which is the same thing when it comes to domain and web hosting. When you get a web hosting offer on huge bandwidth and disk space, you should know there are a couple of people within that same space. This becomes a problem they will be hogging your server’s resources, which may result in poor server performance.
- IP reputation of your domain and website – When a server is detected of hosting malware or sending spam, chances are the IP address will be blacklisted. This is a problem because it can affect a lot of factors from search ranking to email deliverability. It usually happens on shared hosting when one of the other clients within that shared space runs insecure applications and outdated software. It may not be a malicious move on their part as they might be newbies who lack web hosting understanding or it could be a simple oversight.
- Sluggish performance of your domain at peak hours – If you are on a shared server and have a busy online website then you may notice your website has sluggish performance during peak times or busy seasons. If so, chances are your RAM hungry cart application is simply running out of power and you have to wait till you get the power you need. As you wait, your website has sluggish performance which annoys online visitors causing your sales to drop in the process.
- Permitting non-standard software for your web hosting at peak hours – There are those times when you will need to run software that is not supported on shared hosting services as your host will not be providing them or what he is offering is much slower than the alternatives. At such times, you will need to think if shared hosting is the best choice for you.
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