Web hosting is where somebody puts your website on their server computer and keeps it up on the internet 24/7.
The first myth to bust here is that it needs to be expensive to be good. We’ve heard of some NZ companies charging over $100 a month per client for this. Now if they have a business model where they have a large team of managers and developers, well I guess they have to charge those kind of fees – but that doesn’t necessarily translate into a return on investment for you.
For instance we use Siteground to host our clients’ sites – and if you have a little tech skill yourself – you could have your site hosted by one of the best companies around for USD$3.95 per month.
We charge the equivalent of just under NZ$30 per month for this (billed yearly as we really don’t want to be chasing $30 invoices), but we add a layer of customer service and expertise (we also don’t charge you for site updates if they’re every now and then as they don’t take long) so figure that’s pretty good value.
In terms of speed (and this is really important especially on mobile phones), we can really only talk in technical terms – and for those of you who understand this, our hosting platform is built on the latest SSD hardware. Then we have an added caching tool, the SuperCacher, which uses NGINX technology to drastically increase WordPress speed. Last, our servers support PHP7 and HTTP/2, and come with a free CDN to make sure our websites fly!
The other key element to hosting is security. There are hackers everywhere scrolling websites for holes so at our server end, we constantly monitor for WordPress related vulnerabilities and proactively protect our websites with custom WAF rules when needed. We also update WordPress and its plugins automatically, and make daily backups of our websites. And finally we provide a SSL certificate (that’s what puts the ‘s’ on the end of the ‘http’ in web addresses) to ensure traffic to and from your site is encrypted.
So if anyone tells you web hosting needs to be really expensive, feel free to send them a link to this post!