International and Australian web hosting solutions come in all shapes and sizes. But with all the technical aspects involved in web hosting, it can be a little daunting selecting the best web hosting company for your business.

Besides the multitude of facts, figures and promises that you’ll come across, there is also a range of technical jargon to contend with.

Frustratingly, even after you’ve taken the time to research your hosting options, it’s sometimes still tricky to know if you’re actually comparing apples with apples…

Since efficient and secure web hosting is essential for your peace of mind, your clients safety and your companies reputation. It’s well worth the time to review the elements below to help you decide on the best web hosting provider.

Here are 4 key areas to consider when choosing your web hosting provider:

1. Price

When it comes to web hosting for a new website project, or migrating to another provider, many people tend to look at price first. This is a mistake. While this is naturally a contending factor, it shouldn’t be the deciding one, especially if you’re relying on your ecommerce website to generate income for your company.

Quality hardware, security, software and support doesn’t come cheap, so a web hosting company charging $5 p/m isn’t likely to offer these features. We’ve added price first to the top of our list, but suggest reviewing all other aspects, before comparing price.

2. Support

This is probably the easiest to miss when researching the best web hosting company, but one of the most important aspects. Can you afford for your website to be down? How easy is it for you to speak to a real person when you have an urgent change, or when things go wrong? Customer support should be considered throughout the selection process, it’s as essential to the success of your website and the hosting itself.

3. Technical Specifications

If you’re looking to host a website with rich content, video’s, an online shop or a blog, you’ll need the necessary resources to support your website. We’re talking about speed, space, power, memory – the technical bits and pieces that make everything tick. Ask for the following information – as a benchmark, we’ve included the details of our standard solution:

  • Storage: 40 gigabyte
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte
  • Cores: 1
  • Bandwidth: 1 terabyte

4. Flexibility

Websites are dynamic in nature, and like your business, will grow in size over time. Look out for limitations and ceilings to select a hosting provider and solution that suits your future plans. If your website traffic doubles, is it possible to expand your storage space or bandwidth? If you open an online store, can you add an SSL to your website for extra security and improved SEO? Find out if these changes are possible, how easy they are to achieve, and then review how attractive the provider or package would be after the upgrades.

Do your hosting research

You’ve put in the hard work to get your business to where it is today. Allocate some time to research your options. Choose the best hosting company to keep you connected to your existing, and new, clients.

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