Ten quick tips about web hosting
Posted by Paul Nesbitt on 05 September 2016 09:48 PM
Ten quick tips about web hosting
Whether you’re a complete novice or you’ve been using hosting services for a long time, sometimes you need a helping hand to make the right decisions for your website and business. At PAC Web Hosting, we’ve put together ten quick tips to help you make the most out of your web hosting.
Overestimate your space
If you are building a new website from scratch, then opting for the cheapest web hosting package available can be tempting. However, it’s important to consider the growth of your website, so be generous with your space and choose a package that allows room to grow.
Choose a UK-based web host
If you have customers based in the UK, then opt for a UK-based web host. Not only is it good to support British businesses, but you can enjoy a significant speed boost by hosting your website on a server closer to home.
Backup your content regularly
From the moment you begin designing your website, you need to protect your content. Whether you manually keep a copy, or you set up an automated backup system, make sure you have the protocols in place to save you the heartache of data loss. At PAC, all of our hosting packages come with free thirty-days of back-ups taken hourly! for your peace of mind.
Work with cPanel
cPanel is the most reliable control panel for web designers, so make sure your web host uses it.
Add an SSL certificate
If you are running an e-commerce store, an SSL certificate is essential to protect the data of your customers. At PAC, we offer a range of encryption solutions to benefit your business.
Keep up to date on payments
Regardless of where you choose to go for your web hosting, make sure you keep up to date on your hosting payments. If you fail to do so, your website may go down, and you could lose valuable custom. We recommend paying for a web hosting plan annually, or setting up recurring payments.
Monitor your bandwidth
If you want to maximise your website’s performance and reduce the chance of running out of your allocated bandwidth, make sure you monitor your usage throughout the month by using cPanel or another control panel behind the scenes.
Measure your uptime
Not only is downtime bad for customer experience, but it can be bad for your overall brand image and even your SEO rankings. So, if your web host is offering 99.99% uptime, hold them to account! Sign up to a service such as Pingdom so you can monitor your uptime throughout the month, and get a notification when your site goes down.
Utilise your host’s support
If you need help when it comes to optimising your website or installing some software, then work with your web hosting providers who will be on hand to help. At PAC, we offer 24/7 support with all of our products and services, and we’re always on hand to help in any way we can.
Don’t fall for a bargain
When finding the right web host, use your common sense. If a web hosting provider is offering unlimited features for 99p a month, then the chances are, there’s something that will trip you up. Choose a web host with an honest pricing structure, without the gimmicks.
There you have it, our top ten tips for web hosting! If you’d like to chat to an expert about any of your web hosting related queries, click here to speak to a member of the PAC team.