Finding a good web host can be tedious work. What makes a good web host?
#1 – Customer Service: The first thing to look for in a web host is their level of engagement with a customer. No matter what your setup, you will always encounter (fixable) problems. The reliability and turnaround time or your host’s service team make the difference when you’re working on something and it goes… kaput.
See the difference between managed and unmanaged hosting, and why it pays to pay more.
#2 – Tech Stats: What sorts of technology are they providing? Will you get Solid State Drives (SSD) or classic Hard Disk Drives (HDD)? What sort of bandwidth do they provide? Will you be on a shared, Virtual Private Server (VPS), or dedicated server plan? Do you get software to work with your server space?
#3 – Budget: You can buy a $3,000 laptop, but it will still be slower than a similarly-priced desktop, all things considered. Understand your needs and limits. If you’re building a personal website, you won’t need more than the most economical of plans – but if you plan to run serious, high-powered business traffic, you wouldn’t want to skimp on essentials.
#4 – Reviews: Of course, it’s important to find out what sorts of experience current and former customers have had with a particular company, the same way you would run a background check on a prospective employee, or look at an ebay seller’s feedback before making a purchase.
With that in mind, here are three web hosting services that I use or have used in the past:
Digital Ocean is a Virtual Private Server provider. They let you create and destroy “doplets,” or little itty-bitty VPS servers, within seconds. With a click of a button, you can install any Operating System (OS) that you like – Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, Arch Linux, Fedora – including packages such as LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) or instant WordPress. Creation is a breeze – but you’re on your own after that, but with high-quality, extensive community documentation to rely on for all the manual setup steps. GREAT for developers. Only $0.007 per hour…
Webhostingpad is a great resource for beginners. They have very, very reasonable budget options for low-end users, and a good amount of control, too! CPanel is included with their hosting plans, which is a very powerful and intuitive website management tool. Couple that with unlimited bandwidth and addon domains, and this makes for an excellent first leap into cyberspace for the uninitiated. You can get away with paying less than $30 a year!
WiredTree, with its excellent support documentation, stellar real-time customer support, and wide range of hosting options, makes for a top-notch all-around candidate for your hosting needs. They are competitively priced with the other managed VPS providers. You can find entry-level VPS for around $35/month, but you’ll find that for $50/month and up there are options such as SSD, which makes your pages load 3x faster!