When you’re just starting out with your company’s website, you need to find a quality web hosting service. A host is what allows your website to be accessed online. Website builders like wordpress.com or wix.com come with hosting, but if you’re creating your own website or want the independence that a custom website provides, you should secure an independent host.
Even while your website is in its early stages of generating traffic, it’s essential to make sure that it is secure, reliable, and updated. These tasks can be daunting to a burgeoning business because it involves a lot of technical work that can take beginners a long time to figure out — and often feeling unconfident that they’ve done it correctly. Instead, you can choose to use a web hosting service.
However, not all web host services are the same. There are lots of different packages out there, and it can be difficult to distinguishing the OK from the good to the great if you don’t have a way to differentiate them. To help you figure out which service to go with, here are five things that all web hosting services should provide.
1. Daily + Weekly Backups
Face the facts: at some point, you’re going to need it. Even the most careful of computer users accidentally deletes a file or hits the back button too many times. Web hosts are prepared for this by automatically backing up your website on a daily and weekly scheduling. This makes sure that you can recover your work, even if the worst happens.
2. Updates and Plugins
Quality web hosts take care of website updates and plugin usage. You don’t need to worry about things suddenly not working because you’ve missed an update. Your host would have been behind the scenes, making sure that everything is updated in a timely fashion.
3. On-demand Help
If your website goes down, you need to talk to someone immediately – not in the morning or the next business day. A quality web host will be there for you when you need them to be. If your website crashed due to a sudden increase in traffic, they should get it back going in minutes.
4. Virus Protection
We wish it weren’t necessary, but it is. Virus protection keeps your information safe and your website up and running. You don’t know when you need it, but when the time comes, you’ll be glad that were protected.
SSL – Secure Sockets Layer – is a type of security that makes sure that sensitive data is carefully guarded. Google uses SSL to recognize you as a legitimate website. When you have SSL, you can rest easy knowing that everything is protected and your customers’ information is safe.
The Soulheart Solution: Web Hosting Lite
Soulheart’s Web Hosting Lite package covers all of these services and more. We created this service to provide fledgling businesses the security and confidence they need without the sticker shock.