September was an exciting month for GoDaddy and their 50 million-plus users. Whether it was a hacker or DNS issue, the downtime happened and it was affecting a great portion of the internet. In addition to domain names, GoDaddy also does hosting for millions of their customers. While GoDaddy is one of the largest companies online for domains and hosting, the downtime issue is one that many will not forget… and not one of the first problems they have had.
In the world of web hosting, just a few seconds seems like an eternity. If there is one thing that web site owners and bloggers don’t enjoy, it’s seeing their web sites being down. Another thing we hate to do is deal with any hosting issues or having to transfer/find a new web hosting solution.
At the end of the day it’s important to choose a reliable hosting solution that has a long history of success, a ton of positive reviews, reasonable rates and an excellent support system. A reliable and quality web host that can grow along with the growth of your website or blog is just another component to the secret formula for having a successful blog.
This is something that many new website and blog owners may fail to see. The first thing people usually see is the price and most people will go with the cheapest solution they can find. Many hosting providers have accounts available for less than $10 a month, but if you have a site that is making thousands of dollars a month, how can you jeopardize your site for such a small investment. Instead you should be hosted on your own dedicated server with 24/7 downtime monitoring–yet so many site owners are still picky about saving just a few dollars at the end of the day.
If you are looking to start your first website or blog and still in the hosting selection process, be sure to go with a name that is reliable and has excellent customer support. To help you with the process, Blogging.org has compiled a list and infographic of the top 25 hosting companies in the industry today.
I’ve personally been with more hosting companies over the past decade than I would like to think about. Today I am hosting with HostGator and am extremely happy to have them managing all of my sites and blogs today. As for hosting solutions, I’ve also been through it all. From being on shared servers to dedicated servers and even having my own set of 16 Dell servers in a data center to handle one of my sites that was getting 100,000 visitors daily…I unfortunately know more about web hosting than I would like to!