If you’re looking into building a business online, one of the absolute first things you’re going to need is a good web hosting company. There are a ton of options out there, and not all of them are good – even if they sound like they are.
When it comes down to it, organic traffic is a really great way to get your online business off the ground, it’s free and it’s really not that complicated to do, but where a lot of people fall short is in their page load times. Google basically expects your website to load in less than 3 seconds on both desktop and mobile, and to do this you not only need a well-optimized website, but you also need a great host with fast servers and solid hardware.
Avoid the Combo
Companies like GoDaddy and NameCheap to name a couple, offer great domain registration services, but their hosting can leave something to be desired. My personal experiences with NameCheap’s hosting compared to my current host is really not even comparable – but my current host is JUST a host and this is why.
When a hosting company can dedicate all of it’s resources to just hosting websites, you’re generally going to get a better experience than at the sites who try to multi-task. But with that said, you also have to keep in mind that there are some really cruddy dedicated hosting companies as well, Arvixe comes to mind.
Bulk hosting is something else you should really shy away from, especially if you’re trying to build a business based on organic(free) traffic through search results. A lot of hosting companies will offer to host 44 websites for you, but they don’t mention that every website you add will slow the rest down – especially if they’re getting lots of traffic. For this reason, it’s a good idea to find a host who offers cheaper single-site hosting as opposed to having all of your sites on shared hosting. It’s okay to have a few on a shared hosting plan while they’re starting out, but once they start gaining rankings and traffic it becomes a good idea to get them their own server.
Who Do I Use?
The hosting company that I’m currently using is eHost, and honestly, I have never had a better experience with a web hosting company. Their support staff is not only knowledgeable, but friendly as well, and they’re able to fix almost anything in one support session; oh, and you’re not stuck waiting in line for an hour for that support either, so that’s great also. Good support only gets you so far though, and eHost’s server speed is absolutely incredible! My website load time went from 4-5 seconds at Arvixe and Namecheap, and down to right around 2 seconds after switching to eHost.
At the end of the day, your site speed really matters when it comes down to SEO, and without a fast website, you’ll quickly fall down the SERPs and you won’t get that traffic you need to grow. Which host are you currently using? Do you like them? Let us know below!