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How to choose a web host
One of the critical elements of
any website is not how good the site looks, or how well done the search
engine optimisation is performed. These aspects are totally irrelevant if
your site cannot even be found because your web host is unreliable, or if
it loads so slowly that people leave before there is anything to see.
This means knowing how to choose a
web hosting company is of key importance to your online
When choosing a web host is
important to consider that your web host is, in a way a business partner.
While they may be a supplier, the direct influence of their service
performance will directly impact on your business.
The impact that your web host
has on your business is more involved than you may think, so lets run
through some aspects of what to look for when choosing
a web host.
Uptime. The most
obvious is uptime. There is no excuse as to why any web host should
not be able to deliver 99.9% uptime.
While it may be 99.9% uptime, but this will do you no good if the .1%
downtime is for several hours during the busy periods for your online
Backup frequency. How often
do they backup their servers. If you are using an online web editing
tool this is essential. Of course you always backup your files on your
hard drive, don't you!
One of the hidden aspects of being a good web host is providing great,
timely customer support. This needs to be 24/365. It need not be via
phone. Live chat or email support is just as good and in many ways is
better because it provides a thread for when issues need to be
upgraded to higher support levels. Email support should provide almost
immediate responses for urgent matters, and within 10-15 minutes for
Help files and
documentation. Jumping onto the web host's support desk to help
you with every aspect of your web hosting means the support section
can be spending valuable time dealing with easy issues covered in
documentation. Good documentation, tutorials and even video are
important aspects when looking at a long-term web host partner.
Price. Price of web
hosting is important, but not as important as some of the previously
mentioned aspects. There is a direct relationship between price and
value, and often a ridiculously cheap web hosting price is not good
value. Of course price has to be reasonable, so look at the inclusions
that you get for your monthly hosting fee.
Inclusions can be:
The number of domains
or sub-domains that can be created
The number of SQL
tools - The number and ease of management of email address
creation, including auto responders and spam blocking.
statistics - at least have Awstats.
What other scripts
are included and if these are virtually auto-install
Upgrading. There is
nothing worse than growing your website and finding that the amount of
space you took up is now not enough. The ability to upgrade to a
higher level package should be easy and painless. Not only extra
space, but also extra data traffic allowances as your internet
business grows to dizzying heights!
Site management tools.
Depending on your technical ability many site management tools can be
very useful. At a minimum your host should provide access to manage:
More advanced users will
Our recommendation on
selecting a web host
We have worked with a number of
business over the past 8 years and today we have all of our websites and
have moved most of our clients over to HostforWeb.
Why? Because from our experience they provide the best service at a very
reasonable cost. Remember price comes at a cost and a lower price does not
always equal better value. So from $4.95 per month, HostforWeb
is our choice.
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