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At some stage of your life, you will get a website of your own. This could be for your blog, your podcast, or your business website. There are 3 things to get you online:
- a domain name
- a hosting package
- the content
Many know how to get a domain name & what type of content to write & showcase. But, when it comes to hosting a website, many get anxious not knowing which company to go with. There are so many out there!
Those who are new to website setup are likely to choose the default hosting service provided by the same company where they registered their domain. That’s fine but there are other dedicated hosting companies who offer great packages & prices. Definitely worth checking them out!
What do you need to look out for:
2. customer service
4. ease of use
Some 5 years ago, I changed over to A2 Hosting.
I can’t remember how I found them. Must have been after reading a review of them somewhere.
For me, customer service is the most important thing when it comes to choosing a hosting provider.
I don’t like to get too technical with anything and need a helping hand at times. It could be as simple as updating a website, taking a backup, transferring domains, or setting up email ids. The main reason I have decided to stick with A2 HOSTING since changing over to them.
A2 Hosting has one of the best customer services in the business that I have come across. They will do everything to help you out, and so quickly too! They work 24 hours! I can call them on the phone, chat with them on the website or email them. I find their customer service agents patient, knowledgeable & quick. These guys know what they have to do.
In terms of performance, I find my websites loading faster & haven’t yet had any downtime issues. While I focus on their quality of customer service, they seem to take pride in offering powerful servers to power your websites 🙂
The cPanel is probably one of the most used tool on your hosting account. The Control Panel is accessed from your hosting dashboard & allows you to manage all aspects of your website/websites. In my case, I use these 3 the most from the cPanel:
1. EMAIL MANAGEMENT
Here I can set up new & UNLIMITED email accounts for my website, forward them to other email ids and even connect them to external email clients like GMAIL or Outlook. If you want to save money, you can use their own email client for FREE!
You can use their inbuilt email client like Round Cube or Horde to read on a web browser, or you can connect it with other free email clients like Thunderbird or Apple Mail. As of writing this article, I noticed their web email has improved visually:
2. APP INSTALLER
The 2nd most used item for me is the SOFTACULOUS installer. The name seems scary but all it does is install your favorite web apps for you. In my case, I use it for installing WordPress CMS for managing content on my website. It’s just 2 clicks and your website framework is ready!
3. FILES MANAGER
If you want to make changes to your website file structure or give access to your dashboard to a web designer to build your website etc, this is where you would do it.
This one is one of those technical things I don’t like handling 🙂 Luckily, I have the awesome A2 HOSTING staff on hand to walk me through the steps…and if I am not confident, they will do it for me.
It’s a competitive world for the hosting providers! The price you pay depends on what you want. I reckon their DRIVE or TURBO BOOST plans are very good & affordable if you want to host multiple sites. Check out their price comparison for various plans by clicking this link.
By the way, you are in for some luck! A2 Hosting has some discount campaigns running from what I can see on their homepage:
I suggest you visit their website, pick a plan or talk to their Sales team and give them a try for a year. That would be the best way for you to decide if they are good, better or best!
If you have any questions, please ask me in comments.
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