– The Big Website Hosting Dilemma
The most common problem business owners contact me about is issues with hosting. Most website designers and service providers resell hosting to their clients. The problem with this in most cases is that the hosting is the cheapest they can source, sold at the highest profit margin for recurring income from their clients.
I’ve stood firm against this practice for many years and always encouraged clients to own their hosting direct. However, an overwhelming number of clients have asked for fully packaged solutions where we manage the hosting for them – a one stop shop as such.
Another force for change has been the way hosting is sold and the requirements for great SEO and website performance:
If you have a small site with a lower hosting budget, in most cases to reach the lower price point, your website will be on a shared server with thousands of other websites and businesses. The servers at this end of the market will not be the fastest or most resilient in the datacentre. They will not be the first to receive newer faster technologies and if you want to move up a level, there is usually some reconfiguration and downtime involved in upgrading.
Wouldn’t it be better if a small business could reach the most powerful servers in the datacentre without paying huge hosting costs? In other words – get onto the fastest servers but use a small proportion of their resources
Having searched high and low and analysed all the hosting offerings on the market, we have created C J Strand Cloud hosting – incredible cloud based hosting that includes everything a business needs in 3 easy to understand plans.
All the plans are hosted on the SAME cloud based infrastructure with super fast servers and connections, with fast solid state storage disks (SSD) and worldwide premium Content Delivery Network (CDN) built in at no additional charge.
At the moment, I have one unwavering directly owned hosting recommendation for clients who do not want our cloud hosting or have a managed website such as SquareSpace, Weebly or Wix where hosting is taken care of as part of the platform. For WordPress, Joomla, PHP and any other platform requiring hosting I recommend the following: