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Making a decision about a website, but you’re overwhelmed by all the choices that are available. We have broken down the process in 4 simple steps that will help you make a sound decision and choose the right host for your needs.

1. What are your website needs?

What is the purpose of your website? Are you looking to build a store and process online payments?  Do you want to write a blog, sale a product or service, to create an income for yourself?  Would you like to create a community, family, or group site just for informational purposes and you only plan to see maybe 10 to a few hundred vistors a day.

There are plenty of good hosting options the key is to narrow the options to the one you need.  There are really two basic options when it comes to hosting 1 - Website builders that combines hosting as a package deal like Wix, 2 - Hosting that does not include a builder like 10web or Bluehost to name a few.

2. Building your own website?  Do you want your services bundled?

Combined Services Website Builder and the Hosting Services:  You maybe looking for a do it yourself builder like Wix, Weebly, or Squarespace. These builders can provide a easy and quick start to building your website with their free options which are limited but you can atleast get started.  And it might be all you would need for the application you plan for the website.

These are great services but once you choose them, you are married to them.  (Meaning there are limitations to expand or move your website to another service if need be).

Separate Web Hosting: Seperate webhosting  like 10web and nexcess does not include a singular web builder platform but don't worry that doesn't mean you want have an option for a website builder it just means you have some freedom to create a great website.  The most common platform that's used and powers about 35% of all websites on the web today is WordPress. 

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 A managed WordPress can be hosted by any of the previous configurations, but the difference is that the WordPress Server is configured and optimized to serve WordPress pages. WordPress is a very flexible platform that can be used for hosting journalist, bloggers, and content creators and websites that does not change much over time.

This allows for enormous flexibility and control of your site.  It allows you to build a site without programming but it gives you the ability to move your site to any other web hosting service in less than 30 minutes if you decide to part ways with your hosting service.

3. Research Hosts that will meet those needs

Once you have determined what you need for your website then do some research on services. Make sure you think about what you want currently from your website and what you want that website to be in the future.

4. Determine what’s most important to you.

Shared Hosting:  Probably the most common choice for small business is shared hosting.  Because it is the least expensive it is a very appealing option but in most cases not a smart option for a business.  There are 4 reasons why this may not be a good choice for you:

  1.  The first common disadvantage of shared hosting is its slow speed it is considerably slower than what you could get with managed hosting. If you're trying to grow your beauty blog or your ecommerce business the low speed provided by shared hosting will definitely undermine your website performance, affect your visitors conversion rates and your SEO rankings.
  2. Shared hosting is high risk for security reasons. The website is sharing a common space on a single server with hundreds sometimes a thousand other websites. If a neighboring website gets hacked or crashes, your website will be affected as well.
  3. The third drawback is lack of scalability you are sharing resources with other websites and your traffic cannot exceed a certain level without having bad neighboring effects on others that is why if you unexpectedly exceed a certain amount of visitors per month your website might lose speed or even experience downtime.
  4. Poor customer support is an issue because most shared hosting providers rely heavily on generic questions and automated tools to serve a large client base so if by any chance you encounter a unique problem it will most likely take a while until it's solved understand that business time is money so if it takes a lot of time to be resolved the potential to loose customers and revenue if you're dependant on it for a source of income.

Dedicated:  When 1 server is dedicated to a single website all the resources are used for that one website. This option is a large extra cost, but it can be worth it to a business when performance is important to the success of the website.

Cloud hosting (VPS): VPS Hosting is like shared hosting, a virtual private server (VPS) hosts many websites on a cloud server system.  It is a cloud based shared system, but it offers many more features because of its flexibility and scalability.  The VPS is a great choice for a business that will change requirements over time.

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Note: * Provides website security

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Uptime Guarantee

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