Best Joomla Hosting
The first and most important step to a successful Joomla website is to find a reliable hosting, which can offer great support and can handle Joomla based websites. A hosting company which knows how to optimize their servers for different scripts and provide a professional tech support will save you time and money while you can focus on website building reducing headaches. To choose the most suitable hosting for your upcoming project, need to consider the following steps.
Monthly Budget for Hosting
How much money are you able to spend each month for a hosting account or a server? You can choose from different types of hosting packages, depending on your monthly budget and expected website traffic.
Shared Hosting: This type of hosting is excellent for personal or small business websites while running a Joomla application. Until your website exceeds 1K visitors a day, you can keep it on a shared hosting, but after this you have to upgrade. The cost of a shared hosting varies between $2-$10/month. This is the most used hosting plan.
Business Hosting: For those Joomla websites which has a shopping cart, need SSL certified pages, has a small forum or an online community extension, business class hosting is needed. This type of hosting package offers highest security will guarantee more uptime and will backup your site on a daily basis. The cost of a business package varies between $10-$30/mo.
Virtual Hosting: Virtual Private Servers are the best solutions for that company, who runs multiple business websites with high traffic and users. VPS hosting give the possibility to their users to optimize the server as they want, most companies gives root access as well. With this type of hosting, you can create multiple hosting accounts; even resell hosting service to other Joomla users. The monthly cost of a Virtual Server varies between $30 and $120.
Dedicated Servers: On this type of hosting you will be able to develop complex Joomla websites, handle high number of users, and create large online shopping websites and much more. The full server is owned by you, and don’t have to share it with other users as in the case of shared or business hosting. The cost of a dedicated server could vary between $150-$750/month.
Joomla Hosting requirements
The first thing is to check if the company supports Joomla on their servers: PHP language and MySQL database are the must have for a Joomla website. The next step is to check the hosting features.
Is unlimited hosting good for Joomla? Yes and no! While buying a NOT unlimited hosting, you know how much space and bandwidth (monthly data transfer) you are allowed to use. With unlimited hosting you can use as many you want (need), and your account will not be suspended because of using to much space or having to much data transfer, or hosting (parking) to many websites. In case of not unlimited hosting, the company may charge you for extra space and bandwidth.
There are two and important things why a shared account can be suspended: using too much CPU or RAM (and certainly violation of TOS of the company). We suggest you to use an unlimited hosting, which have a good reputation and professional tech support.
Other hosting features you will need to build a good business website with Joomla: easy to use control panel (with one click Joomla installation software), email accounts and forwarders, file manager, phpMyAdmin for database management, and free marketing credits are always welcome for any business.
Hosting Tech Support
If you are an experienced user with Joomla websites, you don’t have to bother the tech support with questions about how to set up a Joomla component or how to create a drop-down menu. Anyway, these questions are not for the support team. There are thousand of websites, where you can find useful tutorials for Joomla. You can also ask some questions on the official Joomla forums or join some individual Joomla communities.
If you are new with Joomla, we suggest you to find more Joomla centric web hosting, which will be able to help you with any Joomla issue.
Certainly, the company should have a 24/7 available support via email, phone and live chat. Remember that live chat is usually for sales and basic questions, for complicated stuffs you have to email the tech support or call an engineer. Knowledgebase is always a plus. Here you can find useful articles or video tutorials for different operations.
Tips from NanoJoomla
In our 3+ years activity we have tried out many hosting companies and have built more then 100 websites for different clients around the World. Here are our recommendations of what you should take care while searching for a good Joomla web hosting.
cPanel – Highly recommended for Joomla
cPanel is one of the most popular hosting control panels. It’s not the only one, but it’s the most recommended for managing Joomla websites, because have the fewer issues. If you want to hire web developers to help you with your websites, this may be other advantage of using cPanel, while most of them have most likely worked with this control panel before.
Feedback of the hosting company
Let’s say you have found a suitable hosting package. We suggest you to spend a little time for research and find out if the company is recommended by others or not. You will not find any company with 100% positive review, but if they have lots of negative feedback, don’t bother yourself with them.
Free and Extra Cheap Hosting
We don’t recommend using very cheap or free hosting for any Joomla websites. These will eat up your time and nerves.