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Website Hosting

Website Hosting is an integral component between your domain (your website address) and WordPress. Just like Verizon, T-Mobile, or Sprint – your Website Host provides the same kind of function to connect your shiny new iPhone to the World Wide Web.

Standard Website Hosting services are provided by many, many companies – from local reseller accounts offered by your neighbor Joe, to large server-filled warehouses that ensure global internet hops in the blink of an eye. I’d like to share two companies that I’ve entrusted service for my own business as well as referral-based connections for the majority of clients that I work with…

  1. bluehost
  2. HostDime

First, yes I am an affiliate for both companies and the links above will provide a small compensation in my pocket if you were to click / connect new service with either. And while that is a selfish benefit, my priority here is to share experience and insight so that you might better understand and navigate a daunting process that should be a bit more mainstream for all to take advantage of.

Tech Support

My first and only measure of a quality + competent Website Host is tech support. Because there are so many companies to choose from, you should partner only with one who offers 24/7 phone or online chat help services. Regardless of how much you know or want to know about web servers, DNS settings, root folders, etc., an online tech offering to walk you through the steps or better – perform them for you by request, is priceless.

Different Strokes

Next, it’s definitely not a one-size-fits-all solution. Be sure to shop, compare, ask questions – especially the ones that relate directly to your level of tech understanding. Some of the features offered by HostDime just aren’t applicable to certain client projects and therefore would steer them to bluehost. On the other side, HostDime offers infrastructure levels that soar way above my understanding and could be an excellent contact for greater web server requirements.

Final Word

I have worked with many websites currently connected to both Website Host Providers. These include large and small companies – from businesses who utilize their website simply for an online presence, to others whose entire business relies on ecommerce functionality.

I’ve also been on the other line with tech support late at night and on one occasion, first thing Christmas morning – because a website has gone blank or email disappeared. There is nothing finer than a polite human connection willing to address your problem (fears & concerns) to walk you through technical challenges.

I don’t believe there is any kind of technology that doesn’t experience the occasional glitch. And that’s the reason why you want to ensure that you’ve connected with the best Website Host Provider before you experience those headaches.