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How to Choose a Hosting Provider

When you’re looking for a hosting provider, there are some specific standards to consider to ensure you’re going to find the best option. The most important elements really have to do with the support you receive from your provider. 

Of course, things like security and speed are also important. Cirrus Hosting can help with all of your needs. We bring many great qualities to the table, and we’re here to make your decision easy. 

But before you choose, go ahead and take a look at these tips for choosing a hosting provider to see just how we measure up! 

The Support

Customer support is probably one of the most important aspects of choosing a hosting provider. You need backup in case you run into snags, have questions, or simply have no clue what you are doing. 

Cirrus Hosting has a dedicated support team, complete with a trouble ticket system, a knowledgebase full of answers to some of the most common questions, phone support, blog articles much like this one, and direct contacts you can reach out to as well. 

Clients need different levels of support, and we totally get that. Some clients just need to know that their hosting provider will have customer service available if they need it. Others might need more hand-holding from their hosting provider. 

It’s important that you look for a support level that will adequately fulfill your needs. Find out about your hosting provider’s availability, their support resources, and even what kind of response time you can expect when you need assistance. 

Be aware that the level of support you receive may also depend on your package or plan with the hosting provider, so keep that in mind when you choose your services. 

Your Hosting Plan

Every provider is going to offer different types of plans for you to choose from. For example, we offer the following:

  • Web hosting
  • Dedicated web hosting
  • Reseller hosting
  • WordPress hosting
  • Cloud/VPS hosting
  • Private cloud server hosting
  • Dedicated servers
  • Dedicated SharePoint hosting
  • Colocation

The options can be overwhelming, especially if you aren’t sure what you need. 

Before you settle on a hosting provider, you may want to figure out what type of hosting plan you will need. You can typically start small and then upgrade or advance your hosting plan as your business requires. Always check for that possibility to be sure. 

The plan that you need really depends on the speed, security, and performance that you require to be functional. This will certainly look different for large corporations with a ton of employees, as opposed to a single person running a small online website business. 

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Know Your Storage Needs

Some websites and companies require a lot of storage space, while others need very little. The storage will most likely make a difference in the plan that you choose, as well as the hosting provider that you end up with. 

You’re going to be adding files, documents, and details to your service, and if you don’t have enough space, there will only be bigger issues that you have to deal with. 

On the other hand, maybe you don’t need a ton of space. In this case, you can use a smaller plan and save yourself some dollars by not paying for something that is above and beyond what you really need. 

A good hosting provider is going to try to make sure you are in the appropriate plan for your needs – not theirs. 

Give It Some Speed

Speed is absolutely essential from your hosting provider. The speed that you receive and pay for will directly affect the traffic of your customers, as well as employees on the backend. 

When it comes to your website loading for traffic, you could be punished by sites like Google that look for fast-loading sites. 

Even if you are on a low-level plan for a smaller business, you still need and want speed. If you have to spend a little more to get better speed, it might very well be worth the cost, so keep that in mind. 

Think about it this way. When you visit a website and it seems like every page or click takes forever to load, do you sit there patiently while you wait? Or do you get annoyed and maybe even just close down the site and go elsewhere? 

Your customers will probably respond much the same way. 

Security

When choosing your hosting provider, security is important as well. Here at Cirrus Hosting, every hosting plan includes security as part of the plan. We also have add-ons that you can take advantage of, such as SSL certificates and spam filters. 

Regardless of the add-ons, you should be able to rely on basic security. You’re trusting that hosting provider to keep your data and information safe. You’re trusting them to protect your customers as well. 

Security includes things like firewalls, data protection, redundancy, and even system backups. Take the time to check out these details so that you can rest assured your security is a priority. 

What Sets Them Apart? 

Hosting providers are all over the place. They are a dime a dozen and there are more of us every single day. 

So before you settle on a hosting provider, take some time to consider what it is that makes one provider better than another. Compare their plans, compare their support, and compare their security. 

Look for that special little something that just might make a difference to you and your hosting needs in the end. 

Count on Cirrus Hosting

Take these simple tips and use them to understand which hosting provider will work best for your needs. We would love the opportunity to work with you. Cirrus Hosting offers years of experience in hosting services. We take pride in the customer service and prices that we can offer our customers as a hosting provider.