Real estate businesses looking to get online often cannot decide on the best hosting service that will fit their need. There are lots of hosting companies out there offering good plans that guarantee over 99% uptime, and a lot of additional benefits that make it easy for even someone with basic computer skills to launch a website.
However, it’s still going to be difficult for you to choose the appropriate webhost if you do not have enough information on hosting services, especially as regard common issues. You may even struggle to get your desired domains registered.
It’s not when things are running smoothly that one knows a good web host but when there are issues.
The truth is that if you use a hosting service long enough, some issues will crop up. It’s how those issues are addressed and the measures that are taken to prevent them that separate the very best hosting service providers from the rest.
Below are some of the common web hosting service issues you need to take into account before choosing a web hosting service.
Poor Website Navigation and Loading Speed
Your web visitors need to be able to navigate your website easily and quickly to keep them coming back. Good user experience is also important to Google and it considers loading speed when ranking sites. If the navigation and loading speed of your website is poor, it will affect your ranking and organic traffic. 75% of web users won’t revisit a website that took more than 4 seconds to load, while 88% of users are less likely to revisit a website after a poor experience.
The web hosting service you choose plays a big role in your website loading time. If most of your users will be from a particular region or country, check the location of the data center of your host and see how close it is to your users. The closer the data center, the faster the speed.
Ask your web host about the steps they take to reduce network latency. Network latency affects your website navigation speed. The better the quality of hardware your web host use and their support, the less network latency you will experience.
Price of Web Hosting
It may sound clichéd, but with web hosting, you often get what you pay for. If the price is below industry price, that may be a red flag that the web hosting service may not be robust enough to handle your website, especially if you are expecting heavy traffic in future.
Other times, a low service price may just be used to lure you in, and you may have to pay for tools you normally get for free with another web host. Also, make sure that the web host you choose allows you to upgrade easily if your need expand.
Solving Web Hosting Issues
How fast your web host responds to issues or problems is important. It’s commonly said that the best service providers are those you don’t have to worry about. However, when a problem crops up or your website is down, you need a web host that will respond to the issue fast.
You can email the support or call them before you sign up and see how fast and professional they are in responding to your queries before you sign up. It’s preferable that you choose a service that offers round-the-clock support service all year round.
Some companies have a large FAQ section on their website and expect you to solve issues yourself from there. If you are not IT savvy, it’s always preferable to use a service that allows you to reach their support easily via the phone or email.
Web Host Security
The security of your website and server is important. Ask your web host how they protect their servers from malicious codes, virus, and sophisticated hijacking attempts.
Also, ensure your web host protects your servers with physical security. Ask how they protect the server from unauthorized access.
You also need to ask the web host how often they check for server intrusions.
Finally, ask the web host their plan of action if your website gets compromised. How they answer these questions is a good indication of the professionalism of the web hosting service.
Limitations of Your Web Hosting Plans
Depending on the web hosting plan you choose, you are likely going to have some limitations. No hosting plan is perfect, however, it is important that you know the limitations of your plan. A lot of web hosting services do not disclose these limitations.
For example, while cloud hosting service is very good for a website that gets large traffic spikes, it has data privacy limitations.
If you’re not sure of the limitations of your plan, call your web host and discuss it with them.
In conclusion, ensure the core needs of your website are fully catered for before you sign up to a web hosting service.