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Choosing the right web hosts

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In order to have a web presence that says that you are professional, reliable and run a credible business, you need to develop a strategy and have a plan to successfully implement it.

You can create the most dynamic website with all the bells and whistles that you want, but that won’t guarantee that your presence on the web will be stellar. So what does it take to get noticed on the web? Quite simply, it boils down to the hosting service that you use.

While the hosting service that you choose can’t give any guarantees of success, having the wrong one can surely devastate a business, leaving you with no presence on the web. Given that statistics prove that you only have 20 short seconds to grab a visitor’s attention, a hosting company that offers poor services that cause web pages to load too slowly can put you out of business quicker than you can blink

Think about it! The longer those visitors have to wait for a web page to load the more likely they are to leave your site and seek out a competitor. Business is lost in this manner every single day. It’s unfortunate, but it does happen. The good news is that it is totally avoidable.

So how do you go about finding the right hosting company for your business needs? For starters, take it one step at a time and don’t be in a big rush. Also don’t judge a book by its cover because all might now be as it seems. You need to take your time and do an effective search and comparison of services, terms and so on as they relate to your business needs.

Take a look at the following six steps that can be used as a guideline to help you make a better choice. Armed with these little tips, you will be in a better position to make an informed decision when the time comes to choose a hosting company for your business web site.

1.      The first thing that needs to be done is to grab a pencil and notepad and list your requirements. ( These can be estimates but should be as specific as possible)

         The amount of disk space you will need to get going (server space for your web site files)

         The amount of disk space you will need for business expansion

         The amount of data transfer will your site require monthly. This refers to the amount of data that you site sends out each month. These are the “Hits” you from site visitors. Since the average hit equals about 10K of data transfer, if you got 1.0 GB in your account, you could have 100,000 hits per month. If you go over the allocated amount you will have to pay extra so make sure to get enough to meet your business needs.

 

2.      Next it is important to consider how you will host your site. Shared hosting, dedicated hosting and allocated hosting are three options for consideration. To help you understand the differences between the three, let’s break them down into understandable pieces.

         Shared Hosting – A single server hosts your site among other people’s sites.

         Dedicated Hosting – This is when you have your own dedicate server that is not shared with anyone.

         Allocated Hosting – You are the owner of the server but it is located in a host facility where the host provides the access and you select the bandwidth.

3.      You will need to decide the level of technical support that you will need. It makes a big difference if you require 24/7 around the clock support or sporadic support as needed. Don’t pay for too much support at first. If you only need support during a certain set of hours, why pay for full 24.7 coverage.

4.      You will need to compare features offered between hosting providers. Do you need e-commerce features that include multimedia or databases? This is an important consideration that needs to be looked at. Most basic hosting packages do include these features, but you need to make sure they are being offered before you commit to one particular host.

5.      Make it clear with any hosting company that you are considering that you will retain ownership of your domain name. Some hosting companies add their name in the administration and technical support domain registration sections which makes it appear that they own the domain. You can search on whois.net to make sure that the domain is in your name. If it isn’t get it changed or find another host.

6.      Check out the overall company structure of a hosting company. Call them and pay attention to little things like how they answer the phone and if they respond to your needs in a quick manner or not. You will be doing business with them so you want friendly, fast and courteous service, don’t settle for anything less.

If anything else, make sure to use the above 6 items as your personal checklist when searching for a hosting company. The answers to the above questions will tell you a lot about a hosting company and will be helpful when you make a final decision. You will not need fen Pen. Make sure that all your business needs are met by the hosting provider that you do choose. You should get everything that you need to establish a global presence on the net as well as the ability to grow and develop a successful business. 

 

 

 
     
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