Who should I use for hosting?

One thing I’ve always believed in is having my clients host their own sites and purchase their own domains.  This is simply because I want them to own their own files and domain.  I don’t want them to be trapped if anything happens to me.  It’s a personal opinion, but I have never felt like the web developer should hold their clients hostage with hosting or domain names.

This always raises a good question.  Who should I use for hosting?  I used to say, “Well, it doesn’t really matter.  They’re all about the same.”  That is until I found out about Siteground.

Why It Matters

So, what is hosting and why does it matter who I choose?  Well, hosting companies are just places with a lot of computers that are always hooked to the internet.  You rent a space to store your files and data for your website so that people can see your site when they go to your domain.  Without hosting companies, your website would not appear on the internet.  Some hosting companies overload their computers with too much stuff.  Too many people storing too much information.  This results in slow websites.  This is why it’s important to do your research and find a hosting company that can deliver quick speeds and reliable connections.  After all, no one wants a slow site, or worse yet, a site that is down a lot.

Site Speed

  • Industry average loading time: 4.7 sec
  • Siteground’s loading time without cache: 1.7 sec
  • Siteground’s loading time with cache: 1.3 sec

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Performance

 

  • Industry average hits handled: 2,852
  • Without cache Siteground handles 3 times more: 8,276
  • With cache Siteground can handle: over 230,000

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Security

SiteGround were the pioneers in applying effective account isolation mechanisms to the shared hosting environment. Nowadays, most of the shared hosts apply similar techniques but it is still possible to see an environment that is not properly isolated.  They also apply patches to secure known breeches early on, which helps to keep your site safe.

Service

Siteground will move your files for free if you already have a website hosted with someone else.  That can save over an hour of a developer’s time on average per domain.

Next Steps

To sign up with siteground, simply follow this link and set up your hosting plan.

Update: While I often still recommend siteground for my clients who want to save money or have many domains, I also use another hosting service called getflywheel.com for my clients who only have one site these days.  It’s a bit more expensive ($15 a month for one site) but it’s really a great solution because they offer fast, reliable, and secure hosting with great backups and free migration.  Their user interface is really easy to use and understand.  REALLY simple.  Plus, if your site gets hacked, they will clean it for free!