5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Web Host

The first stage in creating a website has little to do with html! Step one requires you to sign up and publish your site with a web hosting provider before people can view your site. So let’s go though the basic concept of how web hosting works and the factors to consider when choosing a web host.

How Does Web Hosting Work?

Web hosting services work by storing your website files in web servers which are connected to lightning fast networks. When someone types in your website address, the internet transmits that request to your server network, pulls out your files from the web host and sends the information back to the person’s computer allowing them to view and explore your website.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Web Host?

1. Speed of Web Host

The speed at which your website loads is critically important for your online business. People have very little patience online and a slow loading website will lead to frustration and very often results in customers leaving your site. It is essential that you ask your web host what type of Internet connection they offer to ensure it is suitable for your business and can handle heavy traffic volumes to your website.
Magnet have invested heavily in building out our very own dedicated fibre network infrastructure. This investment ensures that your connection can travel through the Magnet cloud guaranteeing the fastest possible speeds, ping and low latency.

2. Reliability of your Web Host

The majority of businesses know little about the servers used by their hosting company. It is always a good idea to check where your hosting provider hosts their services to ensure the company they use is reputable and one which can guarantee high levels of speed and reliability.

Check services are connected to both the Irish Internet Exchange (INEX), the London International Exchange (LINX) as well as having other private peers with other important global internet partners.

3. Web Host Security

The security features of a web host’s servers is hugely important when choosing a web host, particularly for a website that will be used to process customer payments or where customers send personal details through the site. Customers are unlikely to proceed with a transaction if they do not feel the site is fully secure.

4. Web Host Features & Add Ons

Who doesn’t like to receive something for nothing? When you sign up for hosting see if they provide free tools such as a Content Management System (CMS), Customer Relationship Manager (CMR), webmail, email newsletters, an image gallery and a host of other value adding elements.

5. Web Host Support

Websites are the lifeblood of many businesses and if something isn’t working properly you need to be assured that you can get it resolved quickly. The longer a problem persists, the greater the risk it poses to your site and therein is a concurrent risk to your business. Check that your web hosts provides support and what the costs and turnaround times are in resolving issues.

Magnet+ Customer Support

At Magnet+, we understand that when you experience a problem, you need support quickly.
That’s why at Magnet we aim to provide a world class support centre for our business customers where issues are resolved quickly and efficiently. Each business customer is provided with their own personal account manager with whom you can speak at all times.

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