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Good Web Hosting – What is it?

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With hundreds of web hosting companies to choose from today it can be
hard to know which ones are actually worth using. Below is a guide of
things to look for in a web host: of times we are sold on the idea that
bigger is better. I like to look at web hosting companies with a quality
over quantity perspective. If lets say you need a site to just simply
host your little guy’s minor league soccer team, do you really need a
terabyte of bandwidth? Are you eve


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With hundreds of web hosting companies to choose from today it can be
hard to know which ones are actually worth using. Below is a guide of
things to look for in a web host:

<li>Services - A lot of times we are sold on the idea that bigger is
better. I like to look at web hosting companies with a quality over
quantity perspective. If lets say you need a site to just simply host
your little guy’s minor league soccer team, do you really need a terabyte
of bandwidth? Are you ever going to make use of all of those gigabytes of
storage space. A lot of webhosting companies will oversell their servers
in this way, and rely on the little sites that won’t reach their limits
to keep things running. These companies are spreading themselves thin,
and I wouldn’t recommend getting on board with one of them. Find a host
that is going to meet your sites current needs, and that also allows room
for growth.
<li>Prices - I’ve seen small packages go for expensive sums, and large
packages go for very cheap. This goes back to the point above, and also
the point below. Make sure that you are actually getting what you pay
for! Getting more than you pay for isn’t normally a good thing, as
chances are you aren’t with a top quality host as they recognize that to
keep things running they need to charge more. Another way in which Web
Hosting companies will often cut costs is in their Customer Service. Most
hosting companies online are simply reseller services, and can have
terrible response times and customer support, as they are over extended
or simply don’t care.
<li>Customer Service - This I feel is the most important aspect to keep
in mind when looking for a good web host. Don’t over look this! Chances
are at one point in the life of your website you are going to have a
problem with your host, or a question, inquiry,etc. What good is it if
they don’t answer? Look for hosts that provide 24/7 email support. Email
is the most common although a lot of hosts will also offer live chat, and
some even phone support. Support I feel is what makes or breaks a host.
Datacenters are all pretty similar, and often times a lot of resellers
are at the same datacenter. Test out a company’s response time. And over
a couple days. One my first hosting experiences I found a site with live
chat, got online, asked my questions, and then joined. A few days later I
had some support problems, and there was no one there, same thing a month
later,etc. Even just to cancel my account took a month. Quality hosts
will be consistent and timely with their support.

Web hosting can be a pleasant experience or it can be a nightmare. Take
your time and test out a company before you join. A little time now, will
save you a lot of time/energy/money down the road!

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