Once you’ve decided you need a website and chosen a URL, the next big decision is where to host your site.
There are many thousands of hosting companies to choose from and the differences among them can seem subtle, but this decision is one of the most important to the success of your site.
Here are some of the problems that you might encounter after you sign up:
- You can’t use the Automatic Update feature inside WordPress to update WordPress OR any of your plugins.
- Your site runs slow because another site on your server is hogging all the resources.
- You don’t have access to your own cpanel (or databases) because your web designer has your site hosted on his account.
- You can’t install WordPress in your root directory.
- Your host doesn’t run the most current versions of PHP or MySQL nor keep them updated.
- Support is offered by a third party and not directly from the hosting company.
- And, once you’ve discovered that you made a poor choice, you may then discover that it is next to impossible to transfer your site to another provider.
Often money is the most important decision when choosing a hosting company. Don’t let it be. Pick a company based on the service they provide; only look at the cost as a secondary consideration.
Luckily for you, I have a hosting company to recommend that provides some of the best support and customer service of any hosting company that I have had occasion to deal with AND they are affordable as well.
They are Canvas Host. They are a local company here in the Pacific Northwest and have built their business based on the idea that great service doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
At Canvas Host, you can expect:
- A company upfront about what it can and cannot provide you and your business.
- More dedicated resources for your site, even with a shared hosting account.
- Personalized service that includes 30 minutes of free help transfering your site.
- Affordable, market competitive prices.
- A company dedicated to reducing it’s carbon footprint.
There are a number of good hosting companies out there, but the one I recommend is Canvas Host.