There are more than a few reasons why Wordpress is our bread and butter at Seven Ages Design: its agile, secure, and dynamic platform is capable of easily suiting a huge variety of needs that websites have.
Once you’ve enlisted the help of a trusted Wordpress development team (like Seven Ages Design), the next step is to find a provider to host your website. While some people might view this as an afterthought, investing in a quality hosting provider can be the difference between your website driving conversions, or driving your customers away.
To help you make the most informed decision, we put together a list of 5 of the most important factors to consider when choosing your next Wordpress hosting provider.
1.) Fast Server Speed
How long do you think is too long when it comes to loading a webpage?
Try three seconds.
In fact, it’s been shown that a website with an average page load time of over three seconds has up to a 53% bounce rate.
What does this mean?
It means that when choosing a hosting provider for your Wordpress website you’ll want to ensure that every page can load its content quickly if you’re hoping to maintain a positive UX or capture leads.
2.) High Server Capacity
We all want our Wordpress websites to generate more traffic - more traffic equals more opportunities to grow our business, after all.
However, choosing a hosting provider with low server capacity can have dire consequences: as traffic to your Wordpress website picks up, the servers will get backed up trying to process all of the requests coming to it, and so they’ll be unable to quickly present your website’s content to its users.
In order to guarantee your websites’ success, you should make sure to choose Wordpress hosting providers whose servers can handle consistently high levels of traffic, as well as high fluctuations of traffic.
3.) Flawless Customer Support
Problems happen - they’re just a fact of doing business.
However, when problems with your Wordpress website’s server pop up, you need a person on the other end who’s able to quickly figure out its cause, stop any additional damage from occurring, and prevent the issue from ever happening again.
The alternative is to slap a temporary fix on the issue and hope it doesn’t come back to bite you later on.
We all know how that goes.
The best way to guarantee that your problems will be met by the compassionate and effective support you deserve is to use website hosting providers that have a strong customer service reputation.
4.) Automatic Wordpress Updates
It can be easy to let your website’s version of Wordpress become obsolete - the process of manually updating Wordpress is time and labor intensive, and the website still works, so it’s all good, right?
Unfortunately, we cannot overstate how important it is to stay on top of running the latest version of Wordpress.
Wordpress websites that run on old versions are typically more susceptible to hackers, slower, have less functional plugins, and are overall a pain to use as a visitor.
On the other hand, choosing to host your website with a provider that conducts automatic Wordpress updates can ensure that your site is secure, fast, and easy to interact with.
5.) Automatic Wordpress Backups
Just as it’s important to update Wordpress, it’s just as critical to regularly back up the current version of your Wordpress website.
Imagine that you’re a WooCommerce store, and you conduct regular updates to your website and its plugins.
One day after an update, a crucial plugin becomes no longer compatible with your Wordpress website, and all of the sudden you can’t process sales.
In this scenario, if you’d conducted regular backups, you wouldn’t have to worry because you would be able to just display a previous version of the website from the server.
By choosing to host with providers who conduct automatic Wordpress backups, you’re allowing yourself the peace of mind that no issue can compromise the way you do business.
When it comes to choosing a Wordpress hosting provider, you’ll want to work with an organization who provides stellar customer service, conducts regular backups and updates, and whose servers have the speed and agility to handle the increased traffic from your growing business.
You’ll want to work with Seven Ages Design.
If you’re looking to invest in quality Wordpress hosting, let’s get in touch.