The backbone of any good website is solid web hosting. It doesn’t matter if you have a blog, a forum, a social network, an online store, a SaaS offering or anything else. If the web hosting isn’t up to snuff, nothing else is going to matter because visitors won’t be able to access the site in a fast and reliable manner. At the same time, it’s not just about choosing a great hosting provider, it’s also a matter of making sure your site loads fast and that your host has the necessary tools, servers and hosting capabilities in place at all times to make sure your site is running at peak performance.
This is why it is important to exercise some care in selecting the right web hosting provider for your websites. And the overwhelming majority of website owners will and should gravitate toward shared web hosting until specific needs arise beyond what shared web hosting can provide. Because shared web hosting offers a host of benefits if you subscribe to the right hosting company.
1. Most Affordable Web Hosting Solution
Let’s be perfectly honest with one another. As much as we may talk about finding the best features and benefits, at the end of the day, just about everyone is going to shop with the price being one of the biggest determining factors. We can’t blame them (or us). If something is incrementally better but costs astronomically more, not too people are going to choose it.
Yes, if you have a much larger budget, you might shop around for a dedicated server with infinite configuration options, but that’s not where most website owners are going to start. Instead, they want something affordable, reliable and reasonably easy to use. And that’s why CoolHandle focuses primarily on offering world class shared hosting.
At the end of the day, shared web hosting always has been and always will be the most affordable web hosting solution. You can get started for as little as $3.95 a month, about the cost of a small latte at most coffee shops. That’s a very small price to pay considering how much you get. Even at that introductory level, you still get to leverage unlimited bandwidth and plenty of storage.
2. Expert Management and Configuration
Some people might argue that VPS hosting and dedicated servers offer you much more control over your web hosting. That might be true to some extent, but it also introduces many more opportunities for frustration and headache precisely because you are left to manage more hardware and configuration considerations.
Shared web hosting is advantageous for a greater number of users because most people don’t want to find themselves elbow-deep in all of the finer technicalities. When you subscribe to a shared hosting plan, the hosting provider takes care of all of that for you.
Indeed, in the case of a company like CoolHandle, you get access to servers that will “load lightning fast without [needing you] to reconfigure your cache” and you gain access to a global content distribution network to further improve the user experience on your site. The servers are all expertly managed, updated and upgraded, so you don’t have to worry about any of that.
And when you want to get into more of the finer intricacies, you can do that through a simple dashboard with a user-friendly interface.
3. Integrated Tools and Convenience
Another great advantage of the shared web hosting service by CoolHandle is the accessibility to a convenience series of integrated tools and solutions. If you want web hosting that has been specifically optimized for the best WordPress performance, for example, they have a series of plans for that. This is definitely something to keep in mind if you are running a WordPress site, as not all websites and blogs have the same needs.
Beyond this, they will gladly help to transfer your existing website over from another web host completely free of charge. This can sometimes feel like a daunting and even overwhelming task to undertake, which is why it’s such a relief that you can leave it to the experts. This includes website transfers, domain transfers, MySQL transfers and more.
Not prepared to handle the technicalities of installing scripts on your hosting plan? CoolHandle has over 50 free scripts that can be installed on your account and these are included with each hosting plan. You also get access to such features as Webalizer server log analysis, password protected directories, SSH access, cron job scheduling, support for Ruby on Rails and Python, and so much more.
4. All the Support You Need
Whether you’re just starting out for the first time or you’re a seasoned veteran who is intimately familiar with all the jargon and lingo and technical details, you want to know that you’ll have the support you need when you need it. And this goes clear across the line with everything you might want to get out of your hosting provider.
In the case of CoolHandle, this is a big part of the reason why the $8.95/month Pro shared hosting plan is worth considering even if you don’t necessarily have “complex sites with heavier traffic.” It’s only a few dollars more than the other plans, but one of the big additional features that you see here is “priority support.”
While all plans come with around-the-clock support, getting your request bumped to the front of the line can mean a world of difference, particularly if you rely on your website for running your business, as would be the case with a content-based site like a blog, as well as with online stores and online businesses.
Many people may automatically associate “support” with front line technical support, which is certainly important, but you also want access to more advanced technical support for when issues become more complicated and need a more advanced level of technical expertise. Similarly, you want customer and billing support to be on point as well. Remember that a big part of the appeal of shared web hosting in the first place is that it’s fundamentally seamless for the end user (i.e., you).
5. Grows With Your Business
With a traditional brick and mortar business, it is a monumental pain in the butt when you need to move locations because you’ve outgrown your original location. The logistics involved can be positively astronomical, especially if you’ve invested a lot of time and money into furnishings, decoration, equipment and all the rest of it.
The good news is that with an online business and with shared web hosting, moving to a “bigger office” only requires a couple quick clicks of the mouse. You can certainly start out with a smaller monthly plan and when you find that your needs outgrow what that plan can provide, you simply upgrade to the next level up. Shared web hosting can scale alongside your business and the transition is absolutely seamless.
But it will always start with hosting is fast, secure and reliable.