When you set up a new website, you need a domain (your site address) and hosting (where your content will live). Some people believe you should keep these two services separate, using a different company for each. However, we’ll explain why it’s actually better to choose a single company for both your domain and website hosting and why we think Hostiero.com, as a full-service provider, is the best option for your needs.
Why do people recommend keeping these services separate?
Twenty years ago, most providers were new companies trying to balance demand and services with their bottom line. Domain registrars were focused mainly on the domains themselves. Lots of small companies were entering the ring and had to cut corners just to compete, often over-promising and under-delivering. So it was difficult to find a company you could trust.
Complicating matters, most registrars that did offer hosting treated it as an afterthought, neglecting key investments in the hardware, security, and support needed for reliable hosting. Customer may have had difficulty moving to a better provider.
With today’s more robust and stable tech market, however, these problems are a thing of the past.
There’s no need to use a hosting company that’s different from your domain registrar.
Consider just a few of the advantages of keeping the two products under the same roof:
- One point of contact
- Manage domain and hosting through the same account
- Easier DNS management
- Customer support can help you with both products at once
- No back and forth between providers
Instead of trying to find two companies for your domain and your hosting, why not use your time researching the single best company to host your website?
Below, we’ll look at four important things to consider before choosing a hosting provider.
1. How Does the Provider Manage Its Servers?
When considering your hosting provider, you should find out how they manage their servers, especially for shared hosting – the most common option for smaller websites.
Does the company overload servers with too many separate accounts, causing downtime and outages, or does it treat all hosting with respect, ensuring that even the most inexpensive options get the same great service?
We host many accounts, providing real-time data for optimal server-loading policies, and we stay away from common cost-cutting strategies used by many hosting providers, such as overloading their physical hardware to maximize profit margins. We also use CloudLinux as a safeguard on all of the servers.
2. Does the Hosting Provider Use a Datacenter?
All servers a hosting provider uses should be located in at least one datacenter. These include registry interaction services, DNS servers, email servers, database servers, and hosting servers.
Hostiero datacenters include fully-redundant power, cooling/environmental controls, physical security, and is located in an area with low to no risks from natural disasters.
3. Consider the Hosting Provider’s Network
In order to deliver content from its servers to a global audience, a good hosting provider needs a fast and reliable network that connects all of the datacenters. This network must have sufficient capacity for natural usage growth and traffic spurts, as well as sufficient protection against DDOS or other attacks on services.
A high-quality network involves a number of different providers, ensuring constant service even if part of the network is disrupted. The network must also employ top-rated network hardware—routers, switches, and firewalls.
4. How’s the Customer Support?
Some hosting providers outsource their tech support. This leads to support personnel who are unfamiliar with the products and have little motivation to provide excellent service. As a result, bugs, errors, and other user difficulties aren’t properly communicated to the provider for resolution.
We manage our own 24/7 support team and hire top-notch people to assist customers at every stage of their journey. Our CS team is committed to providing excellent support and not resting until a problem is fully resolved.
The teams are also categorized into three levels. Levels 1 and 2 are customer-facing and handle sales, technical, and general questions. Our Level 3 team focuses on operations as well as research and development.
The way our support training works, you’re much more likely to speak to an expert who can help you across multiple issues than you are to be transferred from one department to another.
As we’ve discussed, at Hostiero we take all of our systems seriously, investing in top of the line equipment and staff to make sure your websites are fast, experience 99.9% uptime, and are easy to manage with up-to-date cPanel access. We integrate domain registration and hosting so you can get up and running super fast. And even with all of that, we still crush our competitors in terms of our excellent pricing and support.
So now that we’ve cleared up misconceptions, we invite you to register your next domain and hosting with Hostiero.com