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Website response times
Be sure to ask hosting provider for a list of websites that are hosted on their servers. Enter a few of them into your browser and pay attention to how fast they come up. If all of them take a long time to load, this may indicate that hosting provider's servers are overloaded. Doing a ping on website addresses is another way to measure time it takes for server to respond. Keep in mind though, that a ping test will be more of a measure of a bandwidth bottleneck than a server problem.
Web Hosting bandwidth: How much do you get?
How much bandwidth does web hosting service provide you with every month? If it is only 500mb per month and your website is 50 kilobytes in size, this will only allow 10,000 visitors per month to hit your website. If you expect to need more, make sure you can live with extra charges hosting provider will levy. If you website traffic explodes, you may be on hook for large bandwidth overage charges.
Small business web hosting that is reliable is a vital part of any success your company will experience online. Doing your homework ahead of time will save you lots of grief later on.
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