How To Choose Good Web Hosting
As with all things, there are fundamental differences in the quality of website hosting that is available.
At the lower end is cheap shared hosting which can vary in quality from poor through to acceptable.
It’s true that you get what you pay for and this is no more true for website hosting than for anything else.
Shared Low Cost Hosting
With a shared hosting account your website is held on a server along with hundreds of other websites. All of these websites have a shared class say IP address whereby the first three blocks of numbers in the IP are identical and the last block of numbers is unique to your website alone.
This can create issues if for example one of the other sites on the same server is blacklisted by search engines or browsers because all sites with the same class C IP Address are then treated as being related to the blacklisted site.
Additionally, because of the low costs involved shared hosting rarely uses latest technology which often impedes server load times and deliverability.
Dedicated servers are more expensive but offer several key advantages. Because you are not sharing the server you have far more control over the content held on it which will help to protect the integrity of your website.
Many hosting companies offer virtual dedicated servers whereby you have a partitioned section of a server dedicated for your use alone which works as if it were a dedicated server.
As a rule of thumb the more money you pay the faster and more reliable your equipment is likely to be. Hosting companies are often reluctant to replace equipment unless complaints are made or it fails completely.
Only a few years ago it didn’t matter too much where your website was hosted as long as it was live and accessible. With the recent prevalence of Mobile phone usage to search the Internet and surf online it’s never been more important to be able to deliver your web content as fast as possible.
This means not only does your website need to be optimised for mobile devices, but you also need to make sure that your web design is compressed to aid deliverability.
CDN networks increase delivery speeds for servers, aiding this process.