Creating a website is fun and all, but not many understand what you need prior to creating your website. There are many services like WIX and Squarespace that let you create a “website” off the bat, but sadly customization is very limited. As a web designer I always have my clients purchase a hosting server that will allow them to create a website that can expand limitlessly using WordPress CMS.
But, what is a hosting server?
“A web host, or web hosting service provider, is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed in the Internet. “ (www.website.com)
Now the question is: Where and how do I purchase a hosting server so my website can be viewed by the whole internet? And how do I know which one works best for me?
Here’s where I come im. I’ve had the privilege of working with most of the top web hosting services. Heres a list:
So today I’ll be explaining each of the hosting services and which one might work best for you.
WPEngine is the mother of WordPress. They specializes in building and hosting WordPress websites with the latest technology and the best resources you’ll need. It is solely dedicated to WordPress which is both good and bad. For example, I had to transfer a client of mine away from WPEngine because my client wanted to integrate a third-party software in the servers file system. Sadly, for security purposes, WPEngine does not allow you to add, edit or delete any files in their server file system. Therefore, we needed to migrate the clients website to another hosting service that allowed us to do so. They are amazing for WordPress only websites, but keep in mind if you need anything else like cPanel, you won’t get it. The good thing is they provide amazing tools like Development, Staging and production environments, the latest PHP version, page performance metrics and SSL Certificates.
So keep these in mind when looking for a hosting service.
BlueHost is one of the top hosting services out there. They have great pricing and specials like free SSL Certificates or free domains with their hosting services. They also provide cPanel as a base for their services which is good and also provide professional emails for your business. Theres are limited though, so might want to go over their plans and see which plan best fits your needs.
BlueHost has great services and good prices; so you can’t go wrong with BlueHost.
HostGator was actually the very first hosting service I ever worked with. They have amazing partnerships with other web services like GMAIL and SiteLock security services, and also provide unlimited professional email accounts which is a huge plus for your business. Also, their one of the biggest and oldest hosting services out there; so their resources may be a bit antiquated. For example, they still provide PHP 5.0 versions when the most up to date version is 7.0. This means they won’t always have the best speed or resources. Nonetheless, they have great features that you can benefit from greatly. Their pricing is mid-level and you definitely get your moneys-worth.
GoDaddy was the authority in web hosting for a while, meaning they are one of the biggest and oldest as well. In my personal experience, I’ve had bad service from them. I have personally transferred a few clients away form GoDaddy because their pricing and services are not good for small businesses. They don’t have many perks, and their customer service isn’t the best. If it where for me, don’t waste your time and money with a service like them and go for a newer/smaller company.
SiteGround is my personal hosting service and my go-to when clients need a server. I believe they provide the best service for the best price. From Free SSL to Professional Email to cPanel, I always get what I need from SiteGround. Besides that, they have an exceptional customer support team and their platform is always great to work with. You basically have full control of your server and can integrate anything! On the down side, they have small server spaces which can build up quickly if you have a big/active website. One of my clients website has crashed 3 time already due to overload and overhaul of resources due to the amount of visitors they receive. But, besides that, I always send my clients their way when creating a new website that requires a new server.
Hopefully this will help you narrow down your choices when creating a new website and point you in the right direction. If you still have question feel free to reach out and ask as many questions as you can!