How To Pick A Web Hosting Company
If you are looking for a web hosting company, it is a lot like trying to find Ms. or Mr. Right.
You can spend countless hours trying to find the right web hosting company, and when you find the right one, you’ll likely have a lifetime of happiness! An outstanding hosting company has amazing customer support and high performing reliability. If you rush into selecting a hosting company, you may feel trapped, misinformed, and wondering how to get out of your long-term plan and move on from the chaos you may find yourself in.
What to look for
At Autumn Creek Designs, we are in an amazing hosting relationship, so let us save you many hours of time and misery, trying to compare and contrast web hosting companies. Unless you have a very large website, you do not need a dedicated server. If you are a personal, small or medium size website, a shared server will work wonderfully for you. That simply means that several websites share the same server space.
One of the important things to look for in a web hosting
Who we use
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Our web hosting company of choice and where this website is hosted is at BlueHost.com* – We have had great customer service experiences with this web hosting company.
Their prices may not be the lowest, but as the saying goes “you do get what you pay for” and that is certainly true when it comes to web hosting. BlueHost.com is affordable for every budget. The storage, performance, and reliability have been great and they are able to grow with us, as our business grows and changes.
Learn from our experience
We tried four other web hosting companies and for various reasons, they just didn’t work. Things like offering a low introductory rate, and then when it is time for renewal, it triples or quadruples the price previously paid. Another company advertised uptime at 99.9% of the time, which in reality was more along the lines of 80%. When you are an online business, being down 20% of the time just isn’t going to cut it. Another prior company we could never reach customer support. When you need help and no response comes after more than a week, it was time to move on and we did!