How To Choose Your Web Host

Written by Said Rouhani

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6. "What features do you offer?"

You MUST be provided with a CGI directory for your scripts. Also, PHP capability is becoming more and more important. Of course, you wantrepparttar obvious features such as POP email accounts, email aliases, autoresponders (very important) and access to log files. For a full list of features you should demand from your Web host, click onrepparttar 134448 link below:

7. "How much data transfer am I allowed per month?"

Unless you're going to purchase a dedicated server, you'll be limited torepparttar 134449 amount of traffic you can drive to your Web site per month. Don't worry however, as you'll be offered more than enough transfer for a small-medium site. And if you get so much traffic that you exceedrepparttar 134450 transfer quota, well then that's a good thing! For it means you can make more money, and so can afford to upgrade to a more powerful server. A quota of 3GB of monthly transfer should be enough to begin with.

Note that I haven't mentioned price anywhere above. This is because:

ONE: You'll find prices published onrepparttar 134451 sites of Web hosts. No need to ask for them.

TWO: Good Web hosts are more expensive. You get what you pay for when it comes to Web hosting. A basic package of around $30 per month is a good price for a good host.

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Web Host Ethics

Written by Richard Lowe

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Needless to say, I regained access to my site, copied my databases to my hard drive, then switched web hosts. Within two days I had moved my site to another, much better hosting service (and, of course, I deletedrepparttar offending script).

Don't test on your production servers - I know you want to upgrade your Apache torepparttar 134447 newest version or installrepparttar 134448 new control panel right away, but please don't immediately install anything on your production servers. Believe me, your customers don't care about any of this - they want working sites. Saying "everything is going slow because we upgraded" is not acceptable -repparttar 134449 host should know ALL side effects of any upgrades from actual testing long before any change, however, small, is made to a production system.

Do what you say you are going to do - I was with a hosting company called Bizland for over a year. They were good most ofrepparttar 134450 time except for (a) excessive downtime, and (b) they didn't deliver on their promises. They kept saying CGI will be released in April, then May, then June. Finally, I decided I could not wait anymore (and also concludedrepparttar 134451 host was down too much) so I moved my site.

Free hosting companies seem to have a bad habit of using production systems as test beds. This is one ofrepparttar 134452 strong downsides to using free hosts - they really don't care if your site is up or not, as long asrepparttar 134453 advertisements are displayed.

Acknowledge your trouble tickets - One web hosting company that I was with for quite a long time was These guys had easilyrepparttar 134454 best support so far. What stands out in my mind is every single message that I sent got acknowledged by a human being.

The sequence was as follows: I would send a trouble ticket and get an automated response. A short time later, I got a note thatrepparttar 134455 ticket was handled. I always respond with a "thank you", because I've been a support person before and I understandrepparttar 134456 power of getting thanked. even responded torepparttar 134457 thank you with a "you are welcome" message!

To contrast, another hosting company (hostrocket again), had a nasty habit of just closing tickets. I'd send in a question and get an answer, then ask another question as follow-up. I would never get a response, then check to see thatrepparttar 134458 ticket was marked "closed". This is notrepparttar 134459 way to keep a customer happy.

Actually read your trouble tickets - I write very clearly in trouble tickets, precisely because I've been a support person and I know exactly what is needed. I'm constantly surprised at how many times web host support people simply don't readrepparttar 134460 ticket and thus dorepparttar 134461 wrong thing.

One particularly glaring example was a ticket which I sent in which said to set up a certain domain with bigmailbox. The support person (from Hostrocket) changedrepparttar 134462 MX record for an entirely different domain, in spite of my message clearly stating "change it for domain xyz". This caused my site to lose email capability for two days until they eventually figured out what they messed up.

Most importantly, remember where you get your money from - This message is for all web hosting companies everywhere. Your money comes from those people called webmasters. Free hosting companies get their money indirectly viarepparttar 134463 content provided by webmasters. With paid hostsrepparttar 134464 relationship is direct and torepparttar 134465 point - money is paid by webmasters.

If you annoy your customers or don't provide service, then you will find yourselves out of business. And in these days of a looming recession, good customers are gold. Keep them happy and your company will prosper.

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