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International and local Noosa 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 to select 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 company’s 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.

Quality hardware, security, software, internal processes and customer service don’t come cheap. A web hosting company charging $20 p/m isn’t likely to offer all of these features, nor are they likely to highlight this fact…

We’ve added price to the top of our list, but suggest reviewing prices last.

2. Customer Service

This is probably the easiest to miss when researching the best web hosting company, but one of the most important aspects. And not for the reasons you may think. The customer service I’m referring to is the one that’s proactively feeding you information, not the other way around.

If you pick wisely, you won’t need to be on the phone with your provider because your website is down. Quite the opposite – you’ll be receiving communications about planned upgrades and upcoming changes.

Check that your Noosa hosting company offers 24/7 emergency support and try phoning them before you’ve signed up to get an idea of their call wait time and the level of response you receive.

3. Technical Specifications

Just like every business is different, so is every website. There is no right or wrong specification, and me sharing a list of specs will firstly be outdated in a few months, and secondly probably be unhelpful to you.

Speak to the person that built your website, your web developer, and ask for their advice. You’re always better off hosting your website with the company that built it, but if this is not an option, they’ll be able to advise you.

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 need extra help, is it possible for your hosting company to manage your software updates?
  • If you redesign your website on a different CMS, will it be compatible?
  • If you start to sell online, can they accommodate eCommerce functionality?

Find out if these changes are possible, and how easy they are to achieve, and then review how attractive the provider or package would be after the upgrades.

Do your web hosting research

You’ve put in the hard work to get your business to where it is today. Allocate some time to research your hosting options, because quality hosting counts.

Choose the best Noosa hosting company that you can afford, to keep you connected to your existing, and new clients.

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