Choosing web hosting for small organizations can be a difficult task especially for the novice entrepreneur. Discerning between the features and services that matter from those that don’t is the typically the most difficult part of choosing a good host. There are a few areas that should not ignore, and should guide you to make the best decision for your business or organization.
Uptime scores and service reliability
Nothing is more important to your business website than 24×7 operations. This is only possible of the webhost operates full-time. Ideally, the uptime score for your host should be at 99.5% or more. Any less than 99% uptime score is simply unacceptable.
Web hosting reviews are a great way to find information about the host’s uptime scores. There are also many tracking tools both paid and free to help track these scores.
Another important consideration when choosing web hosting for small organizations is scalability. A shared host can comfortably handle a new organization or business with and accommodate a decent number of unique monthly visitors to the website or blog. When faced with a high projected growth in the next two or three years, it is essential to choose a host that can accommodate this type of growth. This typically involves moving from a shared to a dedicated or virtual private server. The ideal host should help you make this transition with as little interruption to your website operations as possible.
Multiple add-on domains
The low cost and ease of owning domain names have encouraged businesses to own multiple domain names. Owning multiple domains means additional hosting needs and space, so it is critical to choose a host who allows multiple domains on a single account.
The price of hosting for small organizations isn’t simply about the signup cost. There are also renewal costs to think about. Typically speaking, shared hosting services offer extremely low signup fees, but recoup their money in the renewal charges. There is really no way to avoid renewal charges short of changing hosts every year which is not recommended. Ensure that you understand and are comfortable with the renewal costs, and find out about any additional expenses before signing up with your host.
Hosting control panel that is easy to use
Lastly, a functional and user-friendly hosting panel means that you don’t have to be a computer technician to access all the necessary functions. An easy to use control panel also means that you don’t have to rely on technical support stuff for simple operations such as basic server changes.