Have you ever been disappointed with a web hosting provider?

Maybe it's because the server goes down often, the server performance is slow or the support is poor?

Or is it your first time hosting a website and you are currently looking for references that you should pay attention to before choosing the best hosting provider?

Regardless of your background, I'm sure you'll need this article, because by the time you've read it to the end, you'll have a solid understanding of what to look for when choosing a hosting provider.

I will discuss it completely; From performance factors, price, reputation and support.

All you need to know:

To avoid choosing the wrong host,

Don't waste money, energy and ideas.

And the most important thing is that the hosting you choose can really support your business

A little story from the past

In the past, when I first created a website, I was confused about choosing the right web hosting provider for my business needs.

I chose the wrong hosting provider because I focused on finding the cheapest host, but neglected other important factors because I didn't have the knowledge.

If you've experienced what I did, don't worry - you're not alone. In fact, many beginners are like this.

Everyone, especially beginners, need the right knowledge to avoid choosing the wrong hosting provider.

Notes:

Choosing web hosting can still be a complicated task for many people, especially for those who have no basic knowledge about web hosting.

You will probably run into problems later when understanding more important things such as uptime and server performance.

Most people don't realize how important it is to understand these things just because they want to get their website online as quickly as possible.

So for your benefit I suggest you to read this article till the end so that you get a strong understanding.

By the way, if you have any questions about hosting, domains and WordPress, you can contact me.

Performance factors

1. Minimum uptime 99.90%

Most people don't know about uptime, especially users who are new to the hosting world.

Of course, the number one important thing to consider before deciding which provider is right for you is the hours.

Because working hours are directly related to income.

What are the working hours? Uptime shows the total amount of time your website has been online and up and running (not "down"). Meanwhile, downtime is the time when your website is offline or inaccessible to visitors. Your potential customers.

This means that if your website is accessible, it will be counted as the time. If your website is not accessible (due to server error), then it is considered as outage.

Ideally, the average uptime on a hosting server is 99.90% in a month. A score of 99.90% means your website will. Offline (Unavailable to your customers) 10 minutes per week or 40 minutes per month

The higher the overtime score, the better of course, but 99.90% is the minimum score I recommend. And nothing is 100%, because even big websites like Google.com, Facebook.com and Amazon.com have experienced long downtimes.

The question is, how do you know the average uptime of each hosting provider?

Unfortunately, it is difficult to know the average working hours of suppliers. If one does not keep track of the time, no one will know.

Fortunately, we at Hosting Consultants have been doing this for over 24 months now.

You can see the results of our research on the front page.

You might be asking: Don't most hosting providers offer uptime guarantees? Is there an uptime guarantee of 99.90%, 99.98% or even 100%?

That's right, but do they have tracking data to show that average working hours are consistent with their promises?

In fact, based on a 2020 case study, only 4 of the 19 Indonesian hosting providers we reviewed had an average uptime above 99.90%.

2. Choose a hosting provider that is proven to have fast loading times

Basically, the speed of the website depends on the overall structure of the website.

However, hosting is the biggest factor that has a significant impact on website speed.

Because when someone visits your website, the visit information is sent from the hosting provider's hard drive to your visitor's browser. This was the first obstacle he encountered.

How the hosting provider manages the server network, infrastructure and technology all affect website speed.

What are the consequences if you choose the wrong hosting?

No matter what optimization method you use, it won't have a big impact or effect, because (in short) your hosting provider can only provide speed within a certain limit.

This means that if you have chosen the wrong hosting in the past, there is no better choice than to move to another fast hosting provider or upgrade your hosting, for example from shared hosting to a VPS.

Other things to consider include:

  • Technology used: For example, have you used cloud technology? Are you using SSD or still traditional (HDD)?
  • Web server used: There are some more widely used options such as Apache, Nginx and LiteSpeed. Based on several sources I've read, LiteSpeed ​​​​Enterprise Web Server + LiteSpeed ​​​​Cache is the fastest choice for WordPress websites.

3. Unlimited storage/disk space and bandwidth

Do you like limited quota? I will not 🙂

Although there is a quota for the internet package, sometimes I get angry and use it sparingly, fearing that it will end before the end of my period.

Well then, internet packages are different from hosting packages. Almost all hosting providers offer unlimited bandwidth and storage/disk space.

But you should know this-

Of course, the unlimited resources themselves have "limits" where your website can be banned if you use them beyond the maximum limit.

in order toBe a smart user If you are confused about the rules of unlimited storage and bandwidth, please ask directly or read The implementation and guidance On your chosen hosting provider.

My advice, if you want a decent amount of storage and definitely unlimited, please use a VPS (virtual private server):

  • Certainly the number of properties
  • Definitely better time and speed than shared hosting.
  • And definitely more expensive than shared hosting 😛

Price factors

4. Reasonable hosting prices

A reasonable shared hosting package costs usually IDR 50,000/month or cheaper than a large glass of iced cappuccino (my favorite) at a Janji Jiwa coffee shop.

Labeled as a "Business/Enterprise" package by most local hosting providers but still in the shared hosting environment, the price can reach IDR 90,000 per month or IDR 150,000 per month.

believe meBetter to rent a VPS than pay over 90,000 for shared hosting (remember the three points above?).

5. No Hosting Setup Fee (Setup Fee)

Oh yes, I have come across many hosting providers that charge a setup fee when you purchase hosting.

My advice? Don't want to pay - immediately open a new tab - The flow - or not Host Consultant (recommended) and look for another provider!

Because almost all good hosting providers do not charge fees. Setup fees For new customers.

Setup fees It's a ridiculous expense that shouldn't exist.

6. Hosting renewal prices are clearly listed.

Nowadays, almost all hosting providers offer a big discount when you first buy or rent.

You should know, the discount is only valid for the first purchase, it does not apply when you renew your hosting.

Good hosting providers are usually transparent about prices.

The next time you renew your hosting, you will be charged the regular price.

The point is, don't let yourself pay more than 3x the original price (discount).

7. Free domain?

For beginners, this free domain is very challenging and usually available. Packages In certain shared hosting packages, you must subscribe for at least one year.

I mean:

Be sure just in case In the future, if you want to change hosting, you can point the free domain to the new hosting and transfer it to another domain provider.

This means that even if you can get your domain for free, the functionality is still the same, it can be transferred to another provider and the hosting provider does not interfere with the transfer process.

My advice on buying a domain:

  • If you plan to buy several domains or if you manage several websites and each website you manage is hosted on a different hosting provider, my suggestion is to put all the domains in one place. For example, you put all your domains with providers (my recommendation and favorite).
    • Google domains: Because DNS is fast and free privacy protection.)
    • Cheap Name: Because you can buy cheap + free privacy protection and the domain extension ".id").
  • If you buy only one domain for your website, then for convenience, you can buy it from the same provider.

8. Minimum 30 day money back guarantee and no strings attached.

No one knows, maybe after purchasing hosting, then using it, you are disappointed with the hosting provider's services.

I don't know why...