Ever worried about your website disappearing from the Internet because it got hacked? Or about your folders getting corrupted (without any backup)? Or your web hosting bill running too high? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re not alone. These are some of the most common problems faced by small businesses with an online presence.
Cloud hosting solves all these problems (and many more). It is, therefore, becoming the norm for companies of all sizes.
What is Cloud Hosting?
Cloud Hosting is the next stage in the evolution of web hosting products. Harnessing the power of cutting-edge cloud technologies, it is a powerful alternative to hosting resource intensive websites. Because your data is stored on a self-healing storage cluster, instead of one copy on one server, you can be assured of complete data redundancy, and a higher uptime enabled by prompt failover migrations.
Thinking of upgrading your web hosting to cloud hosting? Here are a few factors you need to consider before purchasing a cloud hosting plan.
1. Reliable Web Host
Although cloud hosting is still evolving, you need a web hosting expert that has years of experience in successfully managing hosting for businesses. Look for testimonials of what people, especially established clients, are saying2.
2. Easy-to-use Control Panel
Having a user-friendly and functional hosting control panel is essential. Regardless of whether it’s a cPanel, Plesk or other (third party) control panel, it must have an easy-to-use control panel. Otherwise, you’ll be wasting your time figuring things out with tech support instead of focusing on your business.
3. Scalable Environment
As your business grows, so will your cloud storage needs. To ensure you’re choosing the right cloud hosting plan, find out what additional storage capacity and other services will be offered and for how much.
HostGator India’s cloud hosting plans are 4x scalable. You can ramp up your cloud resources in one click — with no data migrations, downtime, reboots or service interruptions.
4. Server Location
Site speed (or page load speed) is the time it takes for users to load your website. Google has admitted to it being a ranking factor— which means that sites that load faster rank higher. Having a quicker loading site can, therefore, improve your site ranking, and (hence) your traffic.
According to surveys:
- A 1-second delay in page load time can cause a 7% reduction in conversion rates
- 40% of online visitors will abandon sites that don’t load within 3 seconds
- 79% of online shoppers who have trouble with website performance won’t return to buy again
Did you know that servers that are closer to your customers enable your website to load faster? HostGator India’s servers are located in India which means you get up to 10x faster speed
5. Application Hosting Features
When choosing a cloud hosting plan, go to a web host that saves you time by providing one-click installs for:
- Open scripts
- WordPress blogs
- Joomla & Drupal CMS solutions
- Wiki Hosting to help you start a Wiki website
6. Cron Jobs, Auto Script Installers, etc.
Some web hosts do not offer basic hosting features for easy web installations and updates, such as:
- Cron for day-in-day-out operations
- Auto Script Installers (like Softaculous, Fantastico, SimpleScripts, QuickInstaller, etc.)
- .htaccess for page redirects and security purposes, etc.
- SSI (Server Side Include) for easy site maintenance
- FTP access for easy file transfers
Go with a hosting provider that provides these must-have features.
7. Website Security
Website security should be a major consideration because it involves storing your company’s critical data in the cloud. Unfortunately, not all cloud hosting plans (and providers) are equal when it comes to security.
Your cloud hosting provider should provide several layers of security, and continuously update them. The important security measures to look for include firewalls, anti-virus detection, data encryption, multi-factor user authentication, and routine security audits.
With HostGator India, you will never have to worry about lost files, corrupted folders, and online attacks. For a nominal price, you can backup your data (CodeGuard) and prevent malicious attacks (Sitelock).
8. Uptime Guarantee
Site uptime is one of the most important elements of site performance. You need a web host that provides powerful servers and stable network connections. Do not choose a web host that cannot offer you an uptime guarantee of at least 99.5%. The higher the uptime guarantee, the better.
HostGator India offers an uptime guarantee of 99.9% on the strength of best-in-class low-density servers and premium hardware (among other things).
Choose web hosting that’s right for your business and affordable. The pricing should ideally be upfront. Upfront pricing ensures you pay a fixed amount. Whereas in postpaid billing you’re not aware of the expenses until the end of the billing cycle.
10. Refund Policy
It is important to know how your hosting provider handles customer refunds. Before choosing a cloud hosting plan, find out about the refund policy as well as cancellation charges, if any. HostGator India offers a risk-free 45-day Guarantee1.
Paying heed to the factors mentioned above will help ensure that your cloud hosting purchase is a good fit for your business, and a decision you can be confident of.
1The 45-day money back guarantee applies to Shared, Reseller, Cloud, Business Email and VPS hosting packages. However, it does not apply to Dedicated Servers, CodeGuard, SiteLock, Digital Certificates, Administrative Fees, Installation fees for Custom Software or Domain Name purchases.