Believe it or not, the physical location of the server influences the load times of your website. The closer the server is geographically to the users trying to access your website, the more quickly they’ll be able to use it. However, if the closest server to you or the users you expect to be trying to access your website is a significantly underpowered one, it’s best to find the closest one to you that has a reasonable amount of resources and reliability.
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Before we launch into our buying guide, you should know the three different categories on offer: shared web hosting (a good basic option if you're on a budget), VPS hosting (more flexible) and dedicated servers (for those running a bigger operation and in need of something more capable). If you're not sure which is the best level for you, you’ll find a detailed explanation of the different tiers at the bottom of this guide. It's also worth bearing in mind that you need to pick something that's going to be able to grow and scale up with you.
As a digital agency, we get a LOT of web hosting related questions. People want to know which web host is best for their specific goals (could be a normal business site, or photographer, small blogger, etc.), or where to find a decent comparison that reviews the best web hosting providers for Canada. The majority have problems identifying which web hosts are actually worth the money, provide the most bang for their buck. So to save ourselves some time answering these questions time and time again, we decided to put a good chunk of time into creating a resource that provides many of the answers people are looking for… and so this guide was born!
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This is where an email host like SiteGround can be a winning deal for individuals. SiteGround will give you a free domain name, where you get unlimited email hosting that’s compatible with most all major email and webmail clients (RoundCube, Outlook, SquirrelMail, etc.). Your email is secured with integrated anti-SPAM protection, and you can easily manage your account via cPanel, the web’s leading control panel for hosting.
Great article, Paul! Definitely one of the best reads on web hosting that I've seen. I was pleasantly surprised to see Hostinger taking the first spot. In my opinion, they fully deserve all the praise that they get. Your example with the customer support test proves that point perfectly. No hidden tricks, no downtime, no long support waits. I'm really glad I decided to give them a shot a while ago. Cheers.