54: Deciding On A Web Host
Web Hosts are the foundation of your website. Pick wrong and your house may come crashing down. Pick right and ride the wave of success for years to come. In this episode we talk you through our experiences and help you pick the right host for you.
Flywheel (Next Level – Crazy Simple Hosting)
In today’s episode, we’re talking about website servers. And we’re going to help you decide on your web host.
So before we jump into today’s episode, we have a quick quick message from one of our sponsors. Alright, ladies and gentlemen, it’s decision time. But before we decide, and we’ve got a few things to share with you, you know, this episode is all about deciding on a web host. And you know, the marketers out there, the really good marketers are always retargeting, they’re always shoving their ads down your throat. And if you don’t do the research, if you don’t spend the time to learn a little bit about some of the differences between different web hosts, you’ll just think I need a website. This is a cheap price, this is what I’m going with. And there’s nothing wrong with that. It really just depends on your needs, though, when I first started, and all I had was a very simple blog with a couple pages, nothing spectacular. And it was a personal site.
I use shared hosting, actually, I used Hostgator. And that was mainly because while it was, it was because I kept seeing their ads, I was being retargeted because I went to their website once. And I found where they found me. And they kept throwing ads up. And I saw the price, you know, less than four bucks per month. Sounds too good to be true. It really not that it is but it kind of is what they’re giving you is a little corner of a computer, a corner of a server where your website gets to be installed, but you’re sharing that piece of a server with other people. And that means that if somebody else does something really stupid and exploits their website, you could potentially go down if that server gets compromised. So there’s a given take. And it doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. And depending on the the actual traffic to your website, it may not ever happen, you might use shared hosting for years, and never have any problem.
As our traffic grew, the problems came about. And so we moved from Hostgator shared plan over to A2 hosting, and we got some of the reseller, we actually signed up for the reseller plan. And you know, we got the turbo and made sure everything was moving quickly. And that was that was great. And it served us again for quite a while until we continued to grow, and our traffic grew as well. So we decided, you know, we were looking at WP Engine. And because it was managed hosting who was dedicated, it was quite expensive. But we were looking for the next step. So from shared hosting up to a little bit more of a dedicated host. And then we wanted to go up to full on managed hosting where we knew 100% our stuff lived in its own space. And we were the only ones who were either responsible for the failure or responsible for the success of the website.
So we decided to go with Flywheel. And Flywheel has been an amazing partner, their web hosting is awesome, you can jump in on a single site for 15 bucks a month. And if you get a bulk plan, you know you can get the price down a little bit. It’s It’s wonderful, the back end is super easy. And I really thought that we would miss cPanel. And I didn’t, I was just so easy. And it’s unreal how simple it is. But the thing above all else, and regardless of what your needs are and what you’re picking, always do your research on the level and the quality of the support for the web host that you’re picking.
Support is everything. It’s not a matter of even if you’re if you know exactly what you’re doing, something will happen. And something sometime you will need customer service. So absolutely live and die on your choices based on the level of support and the quality of that support that the web host can give you. I can tell you that I had about 50/50 success with with Hostgator I thought most of them were extremely nice, like very, very nice, but they weren’t all super educated on the intricacies of their own servers and how they could fix a problem if it came up.
Flywheel on the other hand, they have a very, like strict structure for what their servers are, and they know them very well. So for the extra few dollars $10 a month in you know just a single site case. It’s absolutely worth it for me. So I would highly recommend and I will leave in the show notes below. Links for a handful of servers or web hosts that I really, really love and would suggest to you, if you’re just getting started, you’re going to see a link for A2. And if you’re if you’re a little bit more advanced, you expect a little bit more traffic. I’ll also link up Flywheel below. Again, these are affiliate links will get a little bit of a kickback if you decide to use them. But once again, my only concern really is that you get the web host that you need. So go out there, do the research, find what’s right for you. And if you need somebody to talk to about it, jump over to Twitter, find me at Keegan elmedia, send me a message.
Let’s talk about it. And let’s really go back and forth on what you’re trying to accomplish. And I’ll be happy to point you in the direction of a web host plan that would work really well for what you’re doing. So I hope that really helps you decide on a web host. I appreciate you being back again for another episode. You know, we’re episode three in season three. This is a really cool thing. We hope you’re liking the format. I know I’m really, really enjoying doing it this way. So we cannot wait to get your feedback. We hope you hit the subscribe button wherever you’re listening to this podcast. Stay in touch with us and make sure you get every season as they drop. We’ll see you in the next episode and we’re going to help you pick the proper website framework. We’ll see you next time.