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Okay, enough talk about cars, let's talk hosting. When you are looking for a company to provide service of web hosting, try placing price aside for a moment. First, look for a company that has been in businesss for a number of years. Any host that has been around for over 5 years is probably doing something right. That's not to say a host of 2 years can't help you, but at least begin your search with most experienced.
After you've found a few candidates, write down about 10 questions you would like to ask your future host. Even if you know answers to some questions, that's okay. The reason for questions is to see how long it takes to get answers and quality of those answers. If you don't like what you see, scratch them off your list because that is exactly type of response you will get when a support issue arises.
Try to get web addresses of 4 or 5 sites they host and visit over a period of a week or so and see if you notice any downtime or blatant sluggishness. You may even want to email owners of these sites and ask what they think of their host.
This may seem like alot of work just to decide on a host for your website. It's certainly more involved than simply looking for cheapest price. When you only look at price you overlook some essential factors, such as experience and reliability. If your website is important to you or your business, you will come to rely on that experience which translates into quality service.
Anthony Vita has been helping businesses and individuals get an online presence ever since starting his own successful web hosting business, Web Feat, Inc., in 1997. Contact him at http://www.webfeathost.com