While reading through the reviews, please pay special attention to how people talk about their support. In the unlikely event that your site does go down, you want to be able to fix it immediately. Most often, that will involve speaking to a support person. A good host will offer 24/7 support for free. Verify the operating hours of your potential host’s support team, and see how exactly you’ll be able to get in touch with them. Is there a phone number, live chat, or email? Check out their social profiles, too. Web hosts who care about helping their customers tend to make customer support widely available on social media, perhaps even via dedicated support Twitter accounts.
This one’s not exactly related to hosting, but it’s important nonetheless. Being able to create outstanding content easily is key for your SEO success. You know that. So, you want a host that integrates with a CMS you’re either already familiar with, or you can easily learn. Otherwise, you’re just making things hard on yourself! Fortunately, most hosts today offer their own drag-and-drop content creation tools. Many also integrate with WordPress and other popular content management systems.
Good, reliable web hosting is one thing that runs in the background without you ever having to think about it. That, in essence, is an SEO-friendly web host.
Alright, let’s say you’re using this list to compare hosts. By this point, you’ve read through their hosting features, and it appears they’re checking off all the right things. Now it’s time to validate that the marketing claims are true. Before you sign up with a host, please take a few minutes to read their online reviews.
A caveat: The hosting space tends to attract more unhappy reviews than most. If a barista messes up your coffee, you’re unlikely to be bothered enough to write a scathing review for the cafe on Yelp. But if your site goes down, even for a moment, or even if you were at fault (as can happen if you choose an inappropriate hosting plan for your traffic needs), you are going to be extremely angry with your host and tweet, post, and blog about it loudly and vociferously. Unfortunately, that’s just the nature of the business.
You can still gather a lot of valuable information from reviews. Look for hosts that appear again and again on Top Web Hosts lists, and read the reviews to verify that the hosting plan you’re considering is likely to give you what you need.