I have had lots of experiences building websites and that also means I have tried different web hosting providers along the way. You can refer to the basics of website design.
First of all, I would like to point out that for the purpose of SEO, if you are primarily targeting audience in a particular country, then get a hosting provider with the server infrastructure located in that particular country itself.
The reason being server location affects SEO ranking, and to a certain extent affects your website loading speed especially if your website is a lot more graphics intensive.
To me, the key factors I take into consideration when choosing a web hosting provider are:
- Reliability. Your website up-time is crucial and directly impacts your leads generation and revenue especially if you are running an e-commerce business.
- Support standard. This in terms of both customer service support for technical matters, billing matters and so on. Especially for technical matters, you want the technical team to be absolutely competent in troubleshooting and speedy service recovery in the event of any issues.
- Flexible pricing packages. I try not to use the word low cost or cheap. I believe in paying for value and I am willing for pay that extra if given what I need.
Many of us are perhaps familiar with Godaddy, Hostgator etc and I believe they have also started infrastructure operations in Singapore. I have also used those providers before but I am not impressed to say the least.
I have used both Webvisions and Vodien in Singapore but recently Vodien has acquired Webvisions.
I am very happy with the services I get from Vodien and they rank highly in all aspects of reliability, support standard and flexible pricing packages.
For most consumer and business customers, the most basic package starts at only S$10 a month and provides 5GB of disk space, 10 email boxes and can host up to 5 websites.
You can check them out below.
If you want to check your current web server location, use this website.
Starting off with a good web hosting provider may save you lots of hassles later on as migration out to another provider is possible but tedious.
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