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                                              Choosing a webhost
                                                 By Brian Turner




Starting out

Whether you’re a small-time webmaster, or a small business looking to get online, one of the biggest
headaches you can have is choosing a good webhost.

The market is completely saturated, and what’s worst is that it’s not a level one, with big corps at one
end and kids at school running the lowest end.

The problem for many people looking to get their website hosted is that the big corps are simply too
expensive for what is required, especially if you’re only looking to put a few key business pages online.

The other problem is that there are so many fly-by-nights out there, especially kids in school who think
that being computer literate means they can get some pocket money. Until they get bored of the
business responsibilities and fold up.

What the discerning person needs to do is find one of the players in the middle – cost-effective pricing,
with companies or staff who have a few years proven experience as a webhost.

Many of these are small businesses with maybe just 2-5 employees, but so long as they know what
they are doing, and can provide support as and when required, on stable servers, you should do fine.

Of course, the challenge here is finding such a company.

I have my personal favourites, but at the end of the day it’s simply the case that the best webhost
differs according to different personal needs and priorities.

For example, how important is pricing to you? If you’re only putting a small website online and don’t
plan on generate much in the way of costs, then obviously cost may be an over-riding factor. And if it’s
only a few pages, then the support requirements are likely to be pretty low.

On the other hand, if you’re hosting your small business, and plan to do a few adventurous things,



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such as add a blog or forum, or custom scripts, this is where the support element really comes into
play. Although many good hosts will try to offer as near as 24/7 support as they can, ideally you want a
host with similar business hours as yourself. So if you’re a UK company, host in the UK – if in the USA,
seek a US host, of course.

Hosting Resources

There are a lot of webhosting resources out there. Unfortunately, a great deal of them are driven by a
huge market in affiliate sales, so it’s easy to stumble across a webhosting directory that will promote a
webhost simply on the basis of affiliate sales – even if that webhosting company has known problems
with it’s services.

However, there are a few good places where you can get good recommendations and have plenty of
useful research material.

When you visit these places, use the search function – search on a company name and see what other
people have been saying. Read the online reviews and dicussion threads that come up.

Do take note that sometimes the larger and more aggressively promoted companies will have a
number of complaints made about them, simply for their size.

And there are plenty of vindictive people out there who, in being caught hosting wares, hacking scripts,
and other activities most webhosts ban outright, like to post negative reviews in WHT as an attempt for
revenge. So when you do see such negative threads, you need to go to read those threads to see the
context they are posted in.

Of course, the good reviews are also helpful, but especially watch out for praise for companies who,
when faced with major server or network failure, have still managed to keep their customers happy.

Web Hosting Talk

WebhostingTalk (http://www.webhostingtalk.com) – aka, WHT – is probably the leading webhosting
resource online. Although there are affiliates and viral marketers stalking the boards, generally the staff
keep a good lid on the most outright abuses.

Host Hide Out

HostHideOut (http://www.hosthideout.com) – aka HHO – is another webhosting forum with a strong
presence of webhosts. Although smaller than WHT, and more focused on promoting discussions
among webhosts, it’s still a useful resource to research further on.

WH Reviews

WHReviews (http://whreviews.com/) – aka WHR – is a webhosting reviews site that isn’t powered by
affiliate marketing. Although you should take any review with caution, this is certainly one of the more
trustworthy places for actual honest reviews.

Web Hosting World




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WebHostingWorld (http://www.webhostingworld.co.uk/) – aka WHW – is a webhosting forum focused
on the UK webhosting market and so is significantly smaller than the others.

Taking the plunge

Once you’ve done your research, and you’ve come to a decision you’re happy with, all you can do is
go for it and start hosting with the company you’ve chosen.

However, do be aware that it may not necessarily always be the right choice – the real mettle of a
webhost comes from when they face major hardware and network failures, and the best will come
through this with their customers supporting them.

Do also be patient with your webhosting company you host with. Sometimes it’s easy to find something
go wrong and immediately blame your webhost for it, but it is actually very common for many such
problems to be user error – a slight mistake in your website code, uploaded to the wrong file, you used
a different password than was set-up with, etc.

Either way, once you have become a webmaster, still make sure that you keep an eye out for other
webhost recommendations. You shouldn’t really move your hosting unless you have real problems with
your own, but it’s always worth spreading your eggs into different baskets if you’re looking to host a few
websites in future.

Brian Turner is a moderator at the WebHostingWorld webhosting forums, and he is also involved with
the Find Free Hosting forums.




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                           Best Webhost - Everything You Need to Know
                                             By Danny Ng



Finding a webhost can be one of the most difficult tasks for an aspiring webmaster. There are
thousands of different people who say they are the best webhost. However, how do you know which
one will be the best one for you?

 When you are looking for a webhost, you want to find one that knows the business. A large number of
webhosts says that they know how servers need to be run, but actually have very little experience in
running a web hosting environment. A webhost also should always have a high level of support. This
means that you should be able to contact your host by telephone, support tickets, email and more. The
more avenues you can contact your hosting company by, the more quickly you will be able to resolve
any issues that will come up.

 A buzz word you need to avoid when dealing with webhosts is unlimited. There are many different
hosting companies that say they will provide you with unlimited bandwidth and disk space. In reality,
very few have the ability to pull this off. You do not want to have a host who cannot provide the key
parts of your web hosting, so make sure you only go with a webhost that provides definite limits.

 One of the worst things that people do not do before purchasing web hosting is that they do not look at
testimonials from users. Would you buy a product without finding out what others think about it? Not
usually! Most legitimate webhosts will have testimonials throughout the internet as well as on their
website. Make sure you read as many reviews as possible, to get a good idea of what the webhost will
be offering you.

 Uptime is important for people who need their website running all the time. It is a great idea to check
your potential webhosts server uptimes if they have a system open to the public. You should also
check the terms and conditions of your webhosts customer service agreement to see if they offer
downtime credits. Having a webhost that constantly crashes can impact you and your website, you do
not want to be paying for that downtime.

 Once you have looked up everything about the webhosts that you are considering, it is time to make
your decision. You should consider what payment terms the webhost has, and whether they are
flexible in allowing you to pay a few days late if you ever have any problems. Many webhosts also
authorize double the amount of your initial hosting cost, so make sure you have those funds available if
you are using a debit card.

 Whether you are looking for a webhost that can host your personal blog or you need a webhost that
can provide a stable server for your company, they are out there. While you may need to do quite a bit
of research, it is well worth it to know that you have the best webhost possible.

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