A few of my friends have started businesses recently, and we’ve had some awesome conversations about ideas and opportunities for growth that they’re already experiencing in this beginning stage of entrepreneurship. It makes me so happy when people find something they love to do, and I love helping them find the tools they need to help them reach their goals quickly and easily. It’s not hard to guess why one of the first questions I ask is: What do you look for in a website host? Even though having a good website is one of the most important factors of running a business, I’ve found that many beginners aren’t able to answer that question confidently. Usually they just say, “Well, I just take whatever I can get for the least amount of money.”
This is how I used to think, too, until I started learning more about the importance of setting your own website apart from the thousands of others in your industry. The truth is that if you don’t have a good website, you’re probably going to struggle to find customers and audience members who will listen to your message. And if you can’t reach your audience, how will your business grow? In this article, I’ll address some questions that many beginners have about the importance and function of website hosting. In the excitement of starting a new business, it can be so easy to skip over the technicalities of building and hosting a good website. Hopefully this article will help beginners ask these questions and find the best hosting provider for their needs, instead of just settling for whatever they can get.
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Basic Information About Web Hosting for Beginners
Let’s face it: no one wants to admit they don’t know something, especially when it seems like the person they’re talking to already knows more. For beginners, this fear of being wrong can be harmful when it comes to finding the best website host. That being said, here are some important questions I had to ask myself as a beginner:
What is website hosting?
It’s easy to think of your websites as this untouchable thing that exists in some untouchable universe and sends untouchable information through the air. While that’s partly true, it’s also true that these “untouchable” pieces of your website still take up space in the universe, and they need a place to live. That’s where web hosting comes in. Like its name suggests, hosting companies “host” your website’s files on physical servers, making sure your website runs smoothly and efficiently with proper resources like storage and bandwidth. You can also host a website on your own server, but that’s not something we recommend, especially for beginners. And this leads us to the next question:
What are the types of website hosting?
Managed website hosting is the form of hosting we suggest for beginners, and that’s not just because it’s the type of hosting we sell. If you’re just starting out, you want to focus on building your business, setting goals and reaching those goals quickly and efficiently, right? If so, I’m going to guess that means you don’t want to spend time setting up your own server (what does that even mean?), running daily updates on your website, checking the status and usability of your website plugins, implementing the best security…
The list goes on and on. Managed website hosting takes care of these things (and more), so you don’t have to. Self-hosting, on the other hand, puts these fragile tasks in your own hands, and if you’re a beginner, that can pose a lot of risks for your website. Let’s face it: building and maintaining a website is complicated, and if you don’t have the proper foundation to do it well, you could end up losing your files or becoming the target of malicious hackers and software.
Shared hosting is better than self-hosting (and cheaper, too), but that’s because you’re sharing the resources on those physical servers with other people. This means that your website won’t have full access to and control over website speed and management. This option can work for smaller websites or blogs, since those types of sites don’t require as much storage space and site speed requirements. However, with the increased speed of managed hosting, your website’s SEO can rapidly improve, increasing your traffic and spreading your message more quickly and effectively.
Web Hosting Questions for WordPress Beginners
If you want to increase your audience and prove to Google that your website is worth ranking (in other words, if you want to improve your website’s SEO), then you should start by asking yourself the following questions:
What hosting features increase my site speed?
Site speed is important if you want your visitors to view your site more positively and stay on it longer. Slow websites are frustrating for users, so they tend to lead to higher bounce rates, which shows Google that your site isn’t very useful to your online audience. One way to improve site speed is to install the right plugins, which you can monitor through your website host. If these plugins aren’t performing well, you can uninstall them (and install others that are better) to make your site run faster.
How can I make my site more secure?
One of the first things Google looks for when identifying secure sites is the SSL tag at the beginning of your website’s domain name, or the s in “https://”, if you will. Some managed hosting providers charge extra for this feature, but it’s important if you want to show Google and your users that information is safe and secure on your website.
You can also implement a content delivery network, or CDN, on your website. This feature means that several copies of your website can be hosted in various locations. This reduces the distance your site has to travel between these cloud locations and your users, which also reduces opportunities for online hackers to target your site.
Why should I pay for managed website hosting?
I completely understand the struggle of justifying paying for something that you might be able to do yourself. However, I also know how easy it can be to assume I can do more than I think I can, which can end up burning me in the end. When it comes to website hosting, you want the cheapest option, but you also want the best features for your website. I truly believe that with the right managed website host, your website performance will improve in ways that are tangible and repeatable.
Web Hosting Setup and WordPress Installation for Beginners
Setting up your website hosting system depends on what site you use to build your website. If you use the WordPress platform to do it, you should find a host that specializes in WordPress. Some website builders (like Wix or Squarespace) include hosting with their paid monthly plans. The WordPress platform is free, which means you get to choose what hosting provider you think is best for your website and budget.
Like I’ve mentioned already, the host setup process mostly depends on the type of hosting you choose for your website. If you decide to self-host, you’ll have to buy your own servers to make sure you have adequate storage space and security for your website. If you choose managed WordPress hosting, your hosting provider will set up your WordPress site for you. This reduces the time (and frustration) it takes to complete this process, giving you more time to spend reaching your other business goals.
What’s the Best Web Hosting for Beginners?
It’s no secret that I believe managed website hosting is a great choice for beginners, but I hope this article helps to explain my reasoning. As a beginner, I want the best support system and team of people who are going to help me manage the best website ever, and I know I’ll get that with a good website host. I know that I also want my site to be as secure, fast and efficient as possible. Since these are top priorities for me, I’ll choose managed hosting every time.
That being said, you’re probably wondering if WP Super Host can get the job done. Well, I’m here to settle that question, once and for all. With WP Super Host, you’re not just getting all the security and functionality features that I described in this article (like SSL certificates, CDN and site speed reports). You’re also getting a team that puts you first, because we know how important it is to set your website apart from the rest. No matter the time or day, our 24/7 customer support team is here to help you set your site up for success. Ready to take the leap? Check out our plans today.
I truly love watching my friends take leaps of faith to reach their goals. I want them to succeed, so I know they need the best tools to help them do it. When I talk to people about finding the best hosting option for their website, I want them to know what questions can help get them to a good starting point. That can be a hard thing to do as a beginner, especially when you’re trying to juggle so many priorities at once. I know that WP Super Host can help you focus on the important things, so what do you say? Would you let us take at least one thing off your hands?