|Choosing Your Web Hosting Company - Get It
Right The First Time!
by Greg Cesar
Most companies and small businesses need a company to host their websites. Have you looked for a web hosting company on the Internet lately? How many web hosting companies did you see? There are literally thousands of web hosting companies, each competing for your business. So, how to pick the right one?
When you think about it, the web hosting company will become the lifeblood of your business. Everything from how fast (or how slow) their servers are, to how much bandwidth they offer will ultimately impact your business. Understandably, you don?t want to choose the wrong one, which could be a costly mistake (even fatal if you start losing customers). Conventional wisdom says that you should pick a large web hosting company to host your website. But, is conventional wisdom always right? Think about it..if you go with a very large web hosting company, are they going to be able to give you the personal service that your business deserves (and needs)? Maybe. But maybe not.
The fact is that you need a web hosting company that will maintain the servers, perform upgrades, support the most popular applications and keep your site running with minimal downtime. Can a conventional, large web hosting company do this? Some can.
But think about this..how many ?guaranteed uptime? claims have you seen? Hundreds? Thousands? The fact is that most large web hosting companies now claim to have the latest servers and technology with uptime over 98%, etc, etc, etc. That being said, server uptime is not a major reason for you to choose one web hosting company over another.
For many people, it all comes down to price. After all, online business owners need to save money, right? The cost for web hosting generally varies and is dependent on the size of the web hosting company, the web hosting packages that they offer, disk space, and other features. Keep in mind that, in today?s world of web hosting, (as with almost anything else), size does not necessarily indicate quality. Before you sign-up with the web hosting company, check to find out if you will get enough space for your site for now and the future, if your site will eventually grow.
How reliable is the web hosting company?s customer service? The fact is that time is money ? you don?t make money if your site is down. Also, if you are having any problems whatsoever related to the hosting of your site, you need to be able to resolve these quickly and easily - preferably without waiting on hold for hours. Assuming that most web hosting companies have email for support, sometimes you need to speak to a live human being because your problem may require immediate attention. Does the web hosting company have a money back guarantee?
You need to be able to take your business somewhere else if you find that the web hosting company is not working out for you.
Your web hosting company should absolutely offer easy administration for your account. This is very important. You can solve most problems yourself if the Control Panel area is straightforward. Do you want to have to call the web hosting company every time you need to make a change? I didn?t think so! Do you understand the Control Panel well enough to be able to handle applications installation and email set-up and administration by yourself? Does the web hosting company have a knowledgebase, FAQ section or Online Help on their site that you can reference for small questions?
Choosing a web hosting company is no small decision, so you should not take it lightly. On the surface, it may seem to be as simple as choosing the lowest price or largest company, but in reality it is much deeper than that. Your business depends on your web hosting company and how good it is. You can?t afford to trust it to just anyone.
About the Author
Greg Cesar is a successful Internet marketer, web designer and web hosting provider with over 10 years' experience. He specializes in providing innovative web hosting and internet marketing services that help business owners make more money online. To improve your online business immediately and work with someone who understands what it takes to make real money online, visit: http://www.hostpartnerplus.com
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