What to look for in a good hosting provider

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Choosing Hosting Provider

There are a ton of hosting providers out there and by a ton I mean literally more than a million hosting providers.

All of them have awesome products that they are dying to sell you but there are some things that you should be aware of when choosing a hosting provider.

Today… I will give you my best tips when choosing a hosting provider.

WordPress Hosting

WordPress Hosting
WordPress Hosting

Even though WordPress hosting providers are pretty cool and they are very easy to set-up you should be careful that you’re not going with a hosting provider that is being secretive about their servers.

You probably have seen it right? Unlimited bandwidth, unlimited databases, SSD hard and much more but after you’ve bought it you don’t see any of them.

I’m actually talking about GoDaddy right now. Their WordPress hosting SUCKS. I have 2 websites with GoDaddy which is the PPL Plaza and KPOPist.

The only positive thing I can say about this hosting package they have provided is that they are cheap. Both domain names I bought for 15 dollars including hosting but that is all you get.

There is a WordPress installation that they give you but you do not control that WordPress installation.

How can you not control your own website? It is MY website which I bought legally from you. Why can’t I control it?

  • You cannot update to the latest version of WordPress if it’s new
  • You are not allowed to install Cache plugins
  • When you manually install WordPress they override your installation
  • and so much more

I do not have the feeling that I am in control of my website which I really hate. It is MY website.

MY WEBSITE!!!

CPanel

CPanel
CPanel

You might not be tech savvy and I don’t expect everyone to be. But when you go buy a hosting make sure that it has a CPanel.

A CPanel basically controls your whole website and… guess what? You are the one controlling it.

Now I know what you’re thinking.

“If I’m not that tech savvy why do I need a cpanel”

Because your webmaster will love you for it. It will make his job easier and you will get your website online faster.

You will get:

  • Control over the databases
  • Control over CDN
  • Control over CRON jobs (Your webmaster knows)
  • Control over your webmail
  • and so much more.

If you make sure that your hosting has a CPanel which you have full control of that is the hosting company you should go with.

BUT!!!

24/7 Chat Support

24/7 Chat Support
24/7 Chat Support

You need support. I need support.

I am tech savvy and I sometimes need support. I can create a website within 15 minutes with good content and I really do need some support… sometimes… not every time… once in a blue moon or something.

Having technical support that is ready for you 24/7 and who is also online making it so much easier to deal with your website.

If you have a problem you don’t have to glue your face to your phone for 10 minutes. Just open a chat window and start watching YouTube until a technical assistant joins which most of the time is under 1-2 minutes.

What else?

What Else
What Else

That’s it.

  • CPanel
  • 24/7 Chat Support

That’s all you need

Any suggestions?

Suggestions
Suggestions

I know you’re asking me this one and off course I have some suggestions for you to make your life easier than it already is.

I have tested 3 hosting companies and out of the 3, I can advise only 2 of them.

  1. BlueHost
  2. SiteGround

BlueHost

I have a website called RQC Drone which is hosted by BlueHost. They have a 1 click WordPress installer and an awesome looking CPanel with all options enabled.

They have free SSL which is a must-have these days.

The benefits of BlueHost are:

  • A FREE domain name
  • Fast, high quality and reliable hosting
  • Free Site Builder
  • One-Click WordPress install
  • 24/7 support
  • Daily Backup

*Disclaimer: This is an affiliate link

SiteGround

Web Hosting

The website you’re currently are at is hosted by SiteGround. As with BlueHost they also have a 1 click WordPress installer and such an awesome CPanel.

They also provide you with a free SSL certificate and also have a CDN network for free.

The benefits of SiteGround are:

  • 100% Uptime Reliability
  • Impressive Page Load Times
  • Quality Support, Especially for WordPress Users
  • Services Designed for WordPress Users
  • Free CDN Service
  • Daily Backup
Web Hosting

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Conclusion

Don’t go with GoDaddy. Their support was good 5 years ago but something changed. It is not what it used to be.

BlueHost and Siteground are the ones that I am recommending right now because I am using them. That does not mean that you should go with the hosting providers I am working with.

I am just saying that I am very satisfied with them. The only problem is… if I buy a new domain… which hosting provider should I choose???

Thanks for reading,

Engin Soysal