It’s extremely important that your uk website hosting provider has all the best and most up-to-date features and technologies. However, you may not be aware of what to ask them when looking for somewhere to host your website. UK Website Hosting providers all say they are the best, most reliable, etc but how do you really know and decipher who is telling you the truth? How do you know out what’s really important when choosing a web host? That’s exactly what I hope to impart to you here and help you discover the 5 most important things your uk website hosting provider must have. Suffice to say that during your search should you come across one that does not have these 5 things just click away and keep looking to find one that does have what you need.
5 Quality Features Your UK Website Hosting Provider Must Have
- Easy Control Panel:
The control panel is the place you will be visiting most often, so it should be easy to use and have all the features you need. A simple and easy-to-use control panel is cPanel (it’s actually what I use myself), which provides one of the best control panel user experiences. CPanel offers more than 42 different icons, 50 of the most used PHP scripts, shopping carts, forums, and even a WordPress blog (with one-click installation) one of the best blogging platforms and CMS (content management systems) available. cPanel also provides an easy to use layout and navigation.
- On 24-7:
Your uk website hosting provider should be working for you around the clock. This will ensure that your website up and running 99.9% of the time, and the server should be able to locate and repair any problems as soon as they appear. It’s rare that a server goes down, but if and when it does happen, you want your hosting provider to be on the ball and get it back up and running quickly. That could mean lost sales, lost visitors, and maybe even lost customers for life. No one wants that. The web host should be working all of the time, no exceptions. It should constantly monitor your website at least every few minutes for problems, check your server load and RAM, and be able to let administrators know immediately so they can instantaneously fix the problem. By the way, they don’t do this personally, they have top programs that alert them if anything happens and they can then get onto resolving it quickly. Your web host should also provide a fire wall to keep your website safe from hackers, viruses, and anything else that could effect your website. I can’t emphasise enough how important this is and how often website owners take it for granted that ‘nothing will happen’. I spend a great deal of time ‘repairing’ hacked websites.
- An Outstanding Server:
If you want to avoid regular problems and too much downtime (all that can be avoided) you need to find a web host with a reliable server. The web host’s server should have multiple hard drives, good RAM, the latest CPUs, the best power supply, quality motherboards, a great cooling system, and a testing system for all new servers. This all goes without saying really.
- Linux Servers:
Go with a Linux server wherever possible. It’s less hassle and much more reliable. You don’t need to have Linux on your own computer to have a web host that uses Linux. Linux has been shown to be more reliable and able to handle larger loads than other server operating systems. It is even better at virus protection and has a better uptime than others.
- Free Features:
Your web host should provide you with a variety of free features, or features that you can use for a small fee. These features should include things that you can add to your website such as graphics, blogs (WordPress), paid pages, sub domains, forums and more.
These are the most important features a UK website hosting provider should offer you. Of course, many offer much much more but unless the above are covered, then keep looking.