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A business site can range in price anywhere from low end of $40-$50.00 all way up into thousands of dollars per month. Features that usually catapult price range are things like dedicated servers (especially if they are on high end hardware wise), and bandwidth capacity.
Choosing a web host for your business needs is absolutely one of most important decisions you can make. If your site is down, your business is down, end of story. Below is a list of some of important questions you will want to make sure you ask any prospective hosting company before signing on dotted line.
1. Do they offer a money back, no questions asked guarantee? 2. Do they offer an uptime guarantee? (as in, if there is a outage, are you compensated?) 3. What types of backups do they offer (tape back ups, CD rom storage) 4. Do they have redundant backbone connections to internet (are they connected to internet by more than one provider, and are those providers major backbone providers) 5. Do they offer 24-7 technical support (including phone support, or is it only via email) 6. How long have they been in business for and can they provide some business references of other sites that they currently host? 7. Can you pay month to month or do they require an annual contract? 8. Is it easy for you to upgrade/downgrade services you may or may not require as time passes?
One place to start your search for your business provider is:
http://www.itsallnet.com Happy hunting!
About the author:
Jonathan Caputo is the CEO of itsALLnet, Inc. He created the Internets first web host directory called Web Host List and founded the Internets first Web Host Consortium called the Web Host Guild. As a result he appeared in the NY Times, People Magazine, Wall Street Journal, on CNN, and CNBC as well as various other TV and print mediums.
Source: itsALLnet, Inc. http://www.itsallnet.com