Choosing the right web hosts
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 wont 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 cant
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 visitors 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. Its
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 dont be in a big rush. Also dont
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
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.
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
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.
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, lets break them
down into understandable pieces.
Shared Hosting A
single server hosts your site among other
This is when you have your own dedicate server
that is not shared with anyone.
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
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. Dont 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.
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.
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 isnt get it changed or
find another host.
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,
dont 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
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