Do you look at the market for web hosting providers and wonder why there is a large variance in prices? If you are a small law firm you may be tempted to think a cheaper option is the most suitable option. However, there are a few factors you need to consider before diving in head first and getting stuck with the wrong provider.
Consideration of the following elements can help you decipher whether a web hosting provider is appropriate for you:
Look for a web hosting provider that will take care of updating and maintaining WordPress and all of your plugins. At first glance, you may look at a provider’s fees and think they are steep in comparison to other providers. However, most of the time a provider is substantially cheaper because they do not offer maintenance and infrastructure upgrades. If WordPress and plugins are not updated, your website is at a huge risk of a security breach.
Furthermore, web hosting providers that offer maintenance spend a lot of time testing new updates of plugins and testing WordPress to ensure everything works in harmony. Most firms do not have the technical knowledge nor the time to be performing these updates on their own.
Local, ongoing support
When technical problems arise, you want a provider who is easy to contact and can offer ongoing support. Look for providers with an in-house customer support department.
Zaliet’s customer support is based in Sydney and London, so you can rest assured you will be able to get in contact with someone in your time zone, Monday to Friday.
Also, Zaliet’s servers are locally hosted, i.e., AU sites are hosted on Sydney based servers. This is better for SEO as Google prioritises locally hosted sites on their region based search websites. Generally, it is better for speed (website response times) too as the Domain Name System (DNS) lookups are not travelling so far. Many low-cost providers that charge say $5/month hosting are based on U.S based servers. Hence, why Australian based hosting can be more expensive.
SSL is included
SSL cannot be ignored. Google is now marking non-HTTPS sites as non-secure. Without an SSL certificate installed on your website, you risk your website’s security and visitors may turn away from your site if they see it is insecure. SSL also mitigates the security risk of hacking and data theft – both which can have a devastating impact on your firm.
Many hosting companies will charge extra for an SSL certificate. Look for a company that includes SSL in its hosting fee. Zaliet includes SSL in it’s hosting fee.
SSL auto renewal
Companies that auto-renew SSL certificates and at no cost to the client is another thing to look out for. With your Zaliet package, you receive auto-renewal at no extra cost.
Many providers limit network bandwidth (traffic), so when a website hits its traffic limit then the website slows down or they are forced to upgrade their plan.
You might not think website traffic would affect you too much but if your firm were to send out an email campaign for instance and it generated a decent amount of traffic, those visitors would be turned off by a slow connection.
Zaliet websites do not have a network bandwidth limit, so users do not need to be concerned about website traffic.
Security is obviously a big factor when comparing web hosting providers. Check the company’s security track record and GDPR compliance. You also want to look for a company that runs regular security updates and is secure.
Zaliet’s infrastructure is maintained by industry leading cloud-platform provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) in multiple unmarked facilities within the Sydney, Ireland, and North Virginia regions. Zaliet utilizes multiple layers of security controls (software, physical and process-based) to protect our client data. This includes but is not limited to:
– Local and Network Firewalls
– Web Application Firewalls
– DDoS Throttling Services
– Access Control Lists
– Security Patch Management
– ITIL Framework (release/incident/change)
– Identity and Access Management
– Separation of Duties
– Vulnerability Assessment
– Remote Monitoring and Alerting
Want to find out how seriously Zaliet takes security? Read more here.