In 2013 one thing for certain that most website owners can count on is that there will be changes in how Google and other search engines rank and index their sites. Several factors that are at the top of most conversations are quality web content, authorship, and overall website experience. When I talk about your blog or website experience one of the factors that is being considered is your site speed and the consumer experience. In order to make sure that your customers stay on your site and come back they need to be able to navigate and get there quickly. Many new website owners have been using Worpress as their main blogging and web development tool for many reasons with ease if use and fast deployment being the at the top. Plus the major search engines love WP sites and with the right plugins and hosting your site is usually very quick and user friendly.
This leads us to the foundation of any blog or website and that is the hosting platform you choose. We have been doing some research on a web/blog hosting platform at www.Squashhost.com . One of the key features that I look at when evaluating a blog hosting platform is scalability. This means as my traffic grows do this provider have the resources to offer to help me grow with more robust hosting plans like VPS or dedicated servers. While www.Squashhost.com offers their entry level plan starting at $3.95 per month they also offer the ability to upgrade to a dedicate server with several package in between. For new site owners they offer one click of popular programs like WordPress in order to get your site up and running as fast as possible. If you are building a new site I would highly recommend looking at paying a little extra for the dedicated IP address as this will serve you better when doing SEO. With so many hosting companies out there today you want to do your research and see what others are saying and I would even contact their customer support before you buy to see how responsive they are. At www.Squashhost.com they do promote a 99.9% uptime guarantee which is really good. Remember that if your site is down so is your business. Best of luck in 2013 and if you do decide to host with Squashhost.com please drop us a comment and let us know what you think.
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If you are like millions of bloggers on the net you probably have your blog on either a free service or have your own domain on a web site hosting account. Either which way you want to make sure that your provider can support you and your customers and minimize any downtime. If you are with a unreliable host and your site is constantly unavailable it will cost you more than customers. There are many things that you can look for when deciding on a hosting account some of which include customer testimonials, industry awards, and live support. While you are on their site call their 1-800 number and see who picks up and what the wait time is. This can be a huge factor when you are starting your account and need some help. You can search the web hosting review section at Hostingposting.com to receive insight into what actual customers are saying.
We have moved several of our blogs over to a new blog hosting company called Blue Host to help accommodate the growing traffic that we have been receiving and so far the results have been impressive. There are some great reviews and comparisons at webhostinggeeks.com where you can see how various companies stack up against each other depending on your needs. You can find hosting coupons for companies like Blue Host and others where you can save over a hundred dollars per year. This is a great deal if you have multiple blogs to help you save money and use that money to invest in social marketing and organic growth for your site.
If you are trying to find the right web hosting for your blog or website then you will find that there are literally hundreds of various companies offering all types of benefits and prices that can help you find a solution. What we found early on in trying to website hosting is that not all companies are created. There are many that are just jamming as many sites on one server as they can which can be problematic from a access issue and SEO standpoint. If your blog is hosted on a server where several sites are hosted that have been black listed from google this will impact your search engine rankings and page rank. You should look at the track record of the managed hosting provider to understand their reputation in the industry and what service and up time they offer. So you must be careful and look at some of the key features that we talk about to keep in mind when choosing a vendor.
Some of the things that you can ask to help you understand what types of services and support they offer. How much server space you will have? Can you upgrade to a dedicated server if your business grow or do they just shut down your account? What types of servers and operating systems that are used? So they have redundant backups? How many domains and email addresses can you host on one account? Do they offer colocation services if you have your own hardware?And how much bandwidth can you receive without being penalized? Companies like Superb Internet is set up to help small to medium businesses and help you grow your capacity as your online presence expands.
Finding a reliable hosting company can be quite a complicated task and there are many factors to consider. You can find web hosting tutorials online to help navigate all the choices and help to simplify your choices. Since most companies you find online are now offering unlimited bandwidth, storage, and other features you will want to understand what each of these really mean and how they will affect you and your blog or website.
You can always find cheap web hosting but remember that you get what you pay for.