What’s a differentiating factor in a best hosting provider?
Best hosting providers have 3 S in common. Support, security and speed.
Hosting services are available in a wide range of prices ranging from a few dollars a month to hundreds of dollars. If you’re a small business getting started, you can probably do quite well with a shared hosting from $10 Canadian per month.
Here’s a look at what we recommend you consider when choosing the best hosting.
Decide where you like to be hosted. Canadian hosting providers offer servers located in a Canadian Data Center. That way your speed might be better compared to one hosted in U.S.. Also google can rank your website higher for searches originated from Canada. Another advantage is protection from U.S. government access to your website data.
Decide how much help you’ll need. Customer service provides access to email, ticket and phone support. Respond time on requests, however, will vary. Some service providers even offer 24-hour email, chat and even phone support. Normally, the limiting factor to non-managed service is that while the hosting service provider may answer your questions about your basic configuration, it won’t be your systems manager. High competition in the industry helps customers to find best hosting options where this higher level of customer support is included with the monthly shared hosting fee. SiberName is one of them. With SiberName you can get the systems manager level of support included with a low monthly fee of shared hosting included. SiberName Support even guides you when you setup your first website and email addresses. Which comes very handy especially when you have no idea about how to be online.
If you want to delegate the management of your site completely, then you want to consider managed service. Providers of managed service will make sure your system is configured properly for your load, keep an eye on security issues, patch your software as needed and manage backups among other tasks.
Estimate the amount of traffic you expect. Bandwidth is a measure of how many bytes you serve over a given period. If you expect only a few folks to visit your site, bandwidth will be low. Best hosting providers normally do not charge based on storage and bandwidth usage in most cases. But if suddenly your product goes viral you can expect bandwidth requirements to surge.
There’s not much of a risk. For example, if you plan to only serve a few pages to a few local customers, you’ll never run out of any limits. But if you know that you’re really building a site that will stress low-end shared servers, be sure to pick a dedicated or cloud-based server.
Understand server types. The very cheapest hosting is available on shared servers, where one box may run hundreds of websites. The performance of your site depends on the load all the other sites are putting on the host. Shared hosting also limits your access to the server’s capabilities, generally limiting you to uploading files via FTP or SFTP, preventing shell access, restricting what programs you can run on the service and limiting the amount of database access your site can perform.
The next tier up is VPS (for virtual private server), which is a full instance of a virtual machine (a simulated computer) running on a box.
Usually, hosting providers run many VPS instances on one box, but performance is almost always better than base-level shared services. If you use a VPS, you should be familiar with basic server maintenance and management.
If you don’t want to share performance with other sites, consider a dedicated server, a physical box that’s rented to you. It’s the same as having a server sitting behind your desk, except it’s located in a service provider’s data center. Only those with system management skills need apply.
Be careful about unlimited offers. Some hosting providers offer unlimited storage and bandwidth for a few Canadian dollars a month. This deal often isn’t what it seems to be. If you pay few bucks a month for shared hosting, there will likely be something in your terms of service allowing your hosting provider to either decrease your performance or suspend your website after a certain usage level.
Choose a popular content management system (CMS) to avoid lock your website in one providers servers. Most hosts starts very, but management changes, acquisitions and technology shifts can change your web hosting providers quality. Make sure your site isn’t locked to any one webhost — and that you have a backup of your website and emails downloaded in your computer or dropbox.
Many people use WordPress and Joomla. Do regular updates to prevent from being hacked, and site backups, so you always have access to your site’s data, media and structure. This approach means all you need to do is to upload your existing backup on another hosting provider’s service and point your domain name to that provider.
Own your domain name. All businesses must own their domains. Make sure you own the domain and not your web designer or the hosting company. That way you can change providers if needed.
Now that you know how to get your site up onto the internet, you’re all set to get started. Go forth and build something great. Check out our web hosting section to find a service that works for you.