Are you about to start building your own website? Maybe you already have a website but your current web host just isn’t performing like it should and you need a change. I’ve been in that situation a few times myself!
Its tempting to just open an account at one of the huge multinational web hosting corporations, but wait just a moment, do what I did and look just that little bit further and you could turn up some real gems, where you are more than just an account number to the support staff.
Small and Medium Sized is Beautiful
I’m talking here about the ‘boutique’ web hosting companies; small enough to care about you as a client, but big enough to give you all the features, service, support and security you need. The boutique web host I discovered is called Coolhandle. Of course this site is running on a CoolHandle server.
What’s Great About Coolhandle?
Web Hosting is a highly competitive business, and one of the ways that small to mid sized hosts like Coolhandle can differentiate themselves is in the area of service. In fact CoolHandle call it ‘Extreme Support’ – a term which they have trademarked.
They’ve been around a good long while (since 2001 in fact , so they are hardly a new kid on the block) and now claim to host more than 50,000 different domains. The great thing for me about their service is their Cpanel hosted service. For those of you that are new to web hosting Cpanel is pretty much the standard way in which you control the features of your web host. Most web hosts can provide you with Cpanel, but CoolHandle have customized theirs to include some neat integrated features.
The CoolHandle Cpanel
New web host users love using Fantastico, which is included in the CoolHandle Cpanel and allows you to install 52 different Web Applications such as WordPress, Drupal and OScommerce in just a few clicks. I was particularly impressed that they had the latest version of WordPress available, which made things very easy for me when I was installing this blog.
Then there are convenient links to SEO tools, Get In Google, Google Maps Listing and Link Building services to help you get your site out onto the internet where it can be searched and seen. There’s also an integrated link to a service called Cloudflare, which can speed up your website using cloud technology. There’s no need to go searching around for add on services for your site. Just about everything you need is right there on the CoolHandle Cpanel, and in addition all the usual features that are found widely on other hosts are to be found there too.
It’s about more than just ‘the plan’
Chances are that you will be using your chosen Web Host for a good long time, so it’s important to look beyond the list of features and sticker price on the Web Hosting plan to get a service that is right for you. Most web hosts can look and feel pretty much the same, but things like good old fashioned service and attention to detail are as important these days as they ever were, especially in the world of web hosting. If you are just starting out getting the right support from your web host is every bit as important as choosing the right plan.
The Road Less Travelled
I explored beyond the mega hosting corporations and discovered Coolhandle and this is what I found…
- Their service works great for me
- They certainly have all the features I need.