Advice For Finding a Quality Hosting Provider

Published February 16th, 2014 by Michael Farin

There is no shortage of hosting providers - there are a plethora of companies that provide cloud services, dedicated servers, and other IT solutions designed for businesses. But finding a high quality hosting provider that can fulfill all of your company’s needs can be challenging to find. It is always helpful to research a hosting company as much as possible, while also relying on reviews from clients, and personal referrals. This can assist you in selecting companies with good reputations; but in the end, the best way to choose a hosting provider for your business is by interviewing them yourself. Use the following tips to ensure that you choose the best hosting provider available.

Check out the hosting provider’s website - A quality hosting provider should have a great website that functions well. A slow site with problems should throw up red flags. If client testimonials are available on the site, read them carefully to see what their clients have to say about them.

Ask what the hosting provider’s connectivity speed is - In our high-speed world, customers are looking for sites that load fast. If a hosting provider does not have a fast connection, then your site won’t have a fast connection, which can drive away customers from your website.

Find out how long a hosting provider has been in business - An established company will have the clients and experience to provide quality service. This does not mean that all new companies are low quality; if a new company is ran by individuals experienced in the industry, then it may be worth looking into their services.

Inquire about their backup plans - Uncontrollable events, such as power outages, do happen from time to time, but a quality hosting provider will have a comprehensive back up plan in place to get things up and running again as soon as possible. If a company can outline a plan that includes back up generators with fuel contracts, a prepared plan for key employees, and UPS power modules, it is a good sign that they will be on top of things if an emergency happens.

Ensure that the proper security protocols are in place - When it comes to company data, few things are more important than security. A reputable hosting provider will have a number of security measures in place at their data center, including on-site security staff, closed circuit cameras, and biometric access systems, just to name a few. If a hosting provider takes security very seriously, you can be confident that your data will be safe.

Find out about the hosting providers scalability - The only thing predictable in business is the fact that it is unpredictable. Look for a hosting provider that can quickly make the changes that your company needs. There will be times when your needs will go up, and other times when they go down- a quality hosting provider will be able to accommodate you in either situation.

Look for around the clock support - The need for support and maintenance does not always arise during normal business hours. A good hosting quality understands this fact, and will have technicians available to assist you 24/7.

Having a high quality hosting provider is essential! Take your time selecting one, and make sure that they are able to give you the answers that you are looking for before you sign any contracts.

EndLayer is so confident that you’ll love our managed cloud services, that giving you these tips puts a smile on our face :)

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