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Tips For Choosing A Web Hosting Company

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There are literally hundreds of web hosting companies with multiple
hosting plans vying for your business. While most are good and will do an
adequate or better job of hosting your site, there are a number of
considerations to make when looking at various companies.

For most web sites, shared hosting provides the most cost effective
solution to web hosting. While the basic hosting is just that, each offer
many different features and incentives. Before even looking at a hos...


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There are literally hundreds of web hosting companies with multiple
hosting plans vying for your business. While most are good and wi ll do an
adequate or better job of hosting your site, there are a number of
considerations to make when looking at various companies.

For most web sites, shared hosting provides the most cost effective
solution to web hosting. While the basic hosting is just that, each offer
many different features and incentives. Before even looking at a hosting
service, it is a good idea to thoroughly assess your present and future
needs. For example, an ecommerce site will require much more in the way
of storage and features than a personal or hobby site. If you will be
hosting multiple domains or sub-domains, you need to know if a given
company will support them without additional charges. Plans may include
basic shopping carts, free domain registrations, multiple scripting
options, etc. The list is endless, but the first order of business is to
develop some criteria based on what you need right now and what you may
require in the future. Its always possible to switch companies in the
future, but much easier to get it as right as possible the first time.

In evaluating various companies, there are several aspects generic to all
that you should look at.

Is the company established? Look for a company that has been in business
at least 3-5 years and has a physical address and phone number posted on
their web site. Use caution with a company whose only contact information
is an email address. Also look at the number of domains hosted by the
company. An established company should be hosting at least 50,000 (if not
more) domains.

Is 24/7 monitoring and service available? The company should have someone
monitoring their servers at all times as well as someone available to
handle emergency service in the event your site goes down.
Is their a money back guarantee? It is common practice for a company to
require a year or two payments up front in order to obtain the best
pricing. Check to see if the company offers a pro-rated refund if you
choose to switch companies.

How much are additional services? Should you exceed y our plans allotted
bandwidth or storage, it is important to know what additional transfer or
storage will cost. Most companies are quite reasonable, however some
require that you purchase additional storage / bandwidth in large blocks.
Most companies will send you an alert if you are approaching your plans
limits and allow for arrangements to be made. Others will simply shut
down your web site until you have paid.

Testimonials? They are nice to see, but should always be taken with a
grain of salt. Check to see if the testimonials include a web address and
visit the web-site.

Is the sales staff available to answer questions? They should be. Look
for a toll free number and call with any questions before making a
commitment.

The last thing you need do is evaluate the pricing and assure that it
fits in your budget. While you certainly don’t want to choose an
obviously shady hosting company for the sake of saving a few bucks, it
has been our experience that more expensive does not necessarily mean
better when it comes to shared hosting.

				
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