It’s not easy to do, is it? Balance of budget versus will you get hacked? Often it comes down to relying upon recommendations of others, be they web professionals or (hopefully) reliable online resources.
I was looking for WordPress hosting but wanting to keep the costs down. I’d done my research, looking at reputable sites and several were recommending site Hostinger for budget hosting. It really pays to do further investigation bring their recommendations as little did I know this hosting service had suffered a major breach in August 2019 forcing them to reset accounts for 14 million users.
Having signed up before discovering this, thankfully I use Wordfence to help protect my site as daily there are attempts on the site, whereas on a client’s site over at Bluehost she almost never sees any activity.
Going forward I’d:
- Still look for recommendations from reputable sites
- Investigate whether there’s been any activity with that host that would make recommendations redundant
- Any major attacks in recent years?
- Definitely look into client feedback posted online – what’s Support like? Responsive or on life support?
- Consider a larger budget for peace of mind – that old adage of you get what you pay for has certainly come to fruition here! What’s the sweet spot?