Choosing a Host for Your Website— It’s an Important Decision and Here’s Why
You’ve got a beautiful WordPress website. It puts forth a great brand image for your company and you’re happy about that. You’re also happy that it will be easy for you or your Web designer to manage the WordPress site and make changes if necessary.
There’s only one decision left—whom will you choose to host the site? You might think oh, that’s easy, they’re all the same. But the truth is, they’re not. The old adage, “you get what you pay for” is true when it comes to website hosting.
The Cheapest Is Not the Best.
You should stay away from cheap, shared, Web hosting. Shared hosting is Web hosting in which the service provider serves pages for multiple websites, each having its own Internet domain name, from a single web server. Although shared hosting is a less expensive way for businesses to create a Web presence, it is usually not sufficient for websites with high traffic. These sites need a dedicated Web server, either provided by a Web hosting service or maintained in-house.
Your Web Host Must Be a Good Fit for Your WordPress Site.
One size does not fit all! Aside from the fact that cheap, shared, Web hosting just can’t cut it, you also have to consider that they most likely won’t be a good fit for your WordPress site. Some may even display the WordPress logo to reel you in, but that does not mean it’s a good choice for WordPress.
You Can’t Go Wrong with GoDaddy Ultimate!
I highly recommend GoDaddy Ultimate. It handles the WordPress install, daily backups, and software updates for you, and it’s fast and easy with 24/7 support.
It includes the SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) Certificate, which is the industry standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a Web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the Web server and browsers remain private and integral. It secures credit card numbers, passwords, and other sensitive data your visitors submit through your site. The SSL Certificate also ensures that Google will not flag your site as non-secure.
Additionally, GoDaddy Ultimate includes malware fix and repair. And this optimized product will always make sure that the PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) is up to date. PHP is a widely used, open-source, general-purpose, scripting language that is especially suited for Web development and can be embedded into HTML.
If a website is using another non-WordPress optimized package, these items needed to be added on to the account and upgrades need to be manually done. With GoDaddy Ultimate, it’s just less to worry about.
This package includes a free domain name, email, and 24/7 support, and you can choose a term length from one to 36 months. And, after our discussion of cheap hosting, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised that GoDaddy is actually quite inexpensive, in view of the bang you get for your buck.
If You Choose Alternative Hosting…
There are times when a client may prefer to be with another host, such as Bluehost, because they include all your email addresses as part of the package—while GoDaddy charges per user. So, if someone has a lot of emails and prefers the all-in-one, Bluehost could be used but the package should be carefully selected, making sure it is not one of their cheap packages where site lock, fix and repair, and SSL are not included.
I hope that this blog is helpful in making your website hosting choice. If you would like to discuss Web design and hosting needs for your business, please call me at 508.930.2016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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