What’s In It For Me?

Investing into hosting for your domains can seem like a daunting task. There are many companies to choose from and all of those companies have a thousand and one upsells.

I will show you the exact steps you should take in identifying what type of hosting is right for your company as well as how to make sure you get a high ROI from your hosting and therefor your websites.

Introduction

Some common questions I get asked about hosting include:

What upsells or addons do you need?

Which hosting company is best?

Which hosting company will help me rank highest in Google?

These are all questions I will be answering for you below.

Let’s get into it!

Step 1: What Type Of Hosting Is Best For my Company?

The first step before deciding what hosting company to use is to figure out what type of “code” your website is built with.

To be honest, I have no idea how to build a website and if you are a business owner there are far better things to concentrate your extremely valuable time learning.

The only thing you need to know is that….“HTML (the Hypertext Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) are two of the core technologies for building Web pages. HTML provides the structure of the page, CSS the (visual and aural) layout, for a variety of devices. Along with graphicsand scripting, HTML and CSS are the basis of building Web pages and Web Applications” – W3.org.

To make things much easier for us non-programmers, a few extremely powerful and easy to use “content management systems” were created.

The most popular of which is WordPress. In the words of the infamous Wikipedia, “Wordpress free and open-source content management system based on PHP and MySQL”.
I highly advise you start with WordPress as your CMS of choice. It’s easy to use, fast to learn and extremely popular (so almost all marketing systems already work with it).

If WordPress is for some reason not for you, some other popular CMSs (content management systems) include Drupal, Joomla and Django.

Again, you do not need to understand how these systems actually work.

The only reason I am bringing these up is because some hosting companies only work with certain types of CMSs.

I advise that you NEVER build your own website (your time is too valuable for that). This means that you will need hire a qualified developer(s). Make sure you ask your development team IN ADVANCE how they are going to code your website so you can confirm your hosting will work with it.

After you identify the code type, next you need to identify the amount of visitors and “usage” your website will have.

99% of you reading this will be completely fine with the most basic package from any of the web hosting companies.

Even if you plan to have a million visitors a month, until you actually reach a point where your website is pushing the limits of your hosting you are just wasting money.

The caveat to this is obviously if you already have a successful website that is getting visitors. In this case you want match your hosting level with the amount of visitors you are currently getting. To do this, make sure you contact your web hosting company in advance for their advice.

Last, make sure that whatever package you choose is a “managed” hosting account.

If you have a full time dedicated developer team then you can choose a higher capacity “unmanaged” VPS (virtual private server), but for right now just grab the cheapest unlimited domain managed hosting account.

Step 2: What Hosting Company Should I Pick?

This is the million dollar question.

Which hosting company is best?

If you type into Google that question you will get a gazillion results all saying different things.

The issue is that website hosting is pretty much the same no matter who you go with but because it is such a profitable service everyone is constantly trying to give themselves a reason to charge more.

The only differences you need to concentrate on are load speed, ease of use, storage and customer support. Uptime (the average amount of time your website is accessible) is obviously important but with the advances in technology almost all web host providers have 99.9%.

NOTE: If you are involved in the healthcare industry, you’ll need to make sure your host complies with HIPAA regulations. Some of niche specific industries have other specific requirements as well. However, I’m not going to review those type of niche hosts here.

If you are just getting started I suggest you only concentrate on two things.

1) Ease of Use

2) Customer Support

With those two things in mind, I HIGHLY recommend A2hosting.

They are extremely user friendly, have actual real live Americans who answer the phone when you call and have fast load times right out of the gate (which is important for SEO).

Their plans are slightly more expensive on average then other hosting companies (around $12 per month) but these costs can be knocked down to just $5 if you purchase multiple months in advance.

I have thousands of websites and for SEO purposes use many different hosts, but throughout the years A2Hosting has remained my favorite.

I’m not going to walk you through HOW to signup for A2 because they have excellent tutorials on their website.

To signup, simply go to A2hosting.com and signup for their Swift Shared Hosting Plan.

NOTE: again this is just to get you started. If you start getting waves of visitors to your website like my clients quickly do then you will need to upgrade in the future. For now, save yourself some money and go with a basic plan. CLICK HERE to signup for A2Hosting.

Step 3: How Do I Connect My Website To My Domain?

Before going through this training, you should have purchased your domain name.

To connect your website hosting to your domain, I highly advise you use a free DNS management system call CloudFlare.

I have an entire training on how to setup your own CloudFlare account here.

The End / Recap

Today I went over the basics of website hosting and what company I recommend you start with.

The next step I suggest you take is review my CloudFlare training by CLICKING HERE so you can connect your domain and hosting.

If you have any other questions please add them as a comment.

If you would like to have my team setup your hosting specifically for your niche and industry you can see if you qualify to partner with me by CLICKING HERE.

I can’t wait to see the impact your company has on our communities!

– Gabe

Gabriel Bryan
New Revenue Consultant
GabrielBryan.com