Understanding Businesses

Choosing a Web Host

So you have a business website that you’d like to be hosted professionally. There are literally thousands of paid web hosting providers nowadays. How do you know which one is best for you?

Below are the most important things you should consider:

Technical Requirements
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This has got to be the most critical question of all. You want a web hosting company that can meet the demands of your site. How much storage space, for instance, do you need, and can you afford it? How much in monthly bandwidth is allowed? If you go beyond your monthly bandwidth allowance, what is the cost? Avoid surprises – get the answers in advance.
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Scalability

This is another crucial issue. Even if your website’s needs are simple now, they will most likely grow over time, and you don’t want the trouble of finding another web host when it’s time to upgrade. Find a web hosting company gives you room for growth.

Web Design and Updates

Does the company provide templates or any type of help in designing your website, or do you have to create one from scratch? If you’re not really that web-savvy, templates can be your lifesaver. As well, pick a web host that lets you make changes to your website quickly and easily, especially if your site contains time-sensitive information, such as the weather or fluctuating currency rates.

Reports and Statistics

The web hosting company should either supply you with reports, or provide instructions on how to run them yourself, so you can keep track of your traffic, their size and source, and whether you’re not you’re getting actual conversions.

E-commerce

If you’re not currently using e-commerce, you may still want to in the future, so pick a web host that can handle it.

Reliability

What spam-filtering services are provided by the web host? Are they part of your hosting fees, or do you have to pay extra? What’s their uptime track record? Loss of revenue and potential customers result each time your website is down. Reliability is a big issue in web hosting.

Customer Support

What type customer support is provided by the web host? Round-the-clock, seven days a week, or typical business hours? And whose business hours (if your host is located in another state or country)? The idea is to get someone to assist you when needed, anytime and anywhere.

Fine Print

Prior to signing on the dotted line, review the web hosting provider’s Terms of Use policy carefully. Any limitations on your “unlimited” package or exceptions to their money-back guarantee should be listed and explained here.

Payment Options

Do they accept personal checks, online platforms like PayPal, personal checks? Do you pay per month or per quarter? Do you get prepayment discounts?

The Total Cost

Price is always a concern for all businesses, but that’s not where it ends. What’s most important is that you get the quality of web hosting service needed by your company.