Web hosting is an easy topic for business owners to ignore. After all, most don’t really understand how it works, never see the computers where their websites are stored. Also most are easily bored by details like server speeds.
So, rather than get into the technical minutia of different web hosting packages and configurations, today we simply want to remind our clients and readers that it’s time to review your hosting package. In fact, it’s likely that you could benefit from upgrading to a better plan.
Reluctant to spend money on something you don’t quite see the value in? Let’s look at a few things you get with dedicated web hosting…
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Why Premium Website Hosting Is a Smart Investment
You see some peculiar things in the web design and website hosting industry. It’s not unusual for a business owner to visit our office in luxury cars, while drinking an expensive coffee. They usually inform us that they’ve selected the cheapest possible website hosting plan they could find.
We chalk these situations up to a lack of information. Most non-technical people don’t understand the ins and outs of web hosting. They tend to choose the lowest price option. However, that can be a big mistake.
Before we get into the reasons why choosing the lowest price website hosting plans can create future problems, we have to explain the issues you face with regular, bargain-basement shared hosting plans. When you sign up for one of these packages your website hosting company stores your website on a server with hundreds or even thousands of others. That digital overcrowding can decrease performance (i.e., the speed your website loads), especially if some of your “neighbors” send spam, have viruses, or are engaged in other unsavory activities.
Conversely, with the premium web hosting plan you get your own dedicated server, or virtual server space. That comes with a number of advantages that make premium website hosting a worthwhile investment. Let’s look at a few of them now…
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Web hosting isn’t necessarily the most exciting part of the web design and Internet marketing process. In fact, lots of clients just choose the cheapest hosting package they can find, or the first one their web design team recommends. I guess that a good percentage of business owners couldn’t tell you where their websites are hosted off the top of their heads, and certainly wouldn’t be able to give details about their level of service.
As understandable as that is, it can lead to bottlenecks on your website. Or to put things another way, better hosting can make a bigger difference than you might think. Premium web hosting can make your website faster, more reliable, and safer from attacks. In addition, better hosting gives you the option of adding SSL—or Secure Sockets Layer—protection to your website.
You’ve probably heard of SSL already, and have undoubtedly used it several times already today. But, more business owners than ever are asking about this particular feature because Google recently named it as a search engine signal. That means your website can be easier for customers to find with an SSL than it would be without one.
So, does that mean you should upgrade your hosting and add SSL to your website? To find the answer, let’s take a look at a couple of things you get when you make the change…
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