Basics of web hosting and what to look for

Written by Ken Fishman

First Things First

After deciding that you are going to have a website, you need two things, a domain name and a company to host it for you. Domain names are fairly cheap, you can go to where they sell them for $9.00 a year or sometimes,repparttar web host provider will either sell them or give it to you with their plan.

The web hosting company is basically renting you space on their web servers. Whatever your website will be, a web hosting company will let anyone inrepparttar 134407 world view your site.

What To Look For

When shopping for a Web host, a couple of things you want to keep in mind: How fast are their servers, do they have good support and how is their uptime (meaning, how good are they at keeping your website up and running).

How fast are their servers? You want to know this, its crucial when people try to get to your site that it loads fast. Look for at least a server with a pentium chip in it and 800 MHZ. Do they have good support? You do want to haverepparttar 134408 best support possible. If you have a question, you want it answered, fast. I look for host that have 24 hour support, if not anything else, at least 24 hour email support. How is their uptime? Everybody can say they guarantee 99.9 % uptime, but are they just pulling your leg, find out for sure, ask them for statistics. Basically anyone with 99.5% uptime is good in my book. Mostly allrepparttar 134409 better host will give you that. Ensure that there is some sort of written agreement regarding service, which ideally will provide you with financial compensation inrepparttar 134410 event of failure.

Web Hosting: Selecting the Right Host!

Written by Joelene Wickens-Orlando

Choosing a web hosting company is a very personal decision based on your own unique needs. Web hosting is what places your website intorepparttar World Wide Web, where anyone can access to it 24 hours a day. In other words, without placing your site onto a web hosting service, you won’t getrepparttar 134406 visibility you want. Most small business owners will most likely go through a web hosting company rather than invest in acquiring their own servers, which is very expensive and difficult. On top ofrepparttar 134407 expense that is involved with having your own server, you need to have a strong educational background to be able to deal withrepparttar 134408 technical aspects of implementing your own server, or having your own technical computer staff on hand to deal withrepparttar 134409 process. (And those programmers don’t come cheap either!) If you’re a new online business or looking for ways to expand your market reach, web hosting is definitelyrepparttar 134410 way to go.

Which web hosting service do you select? There are two key things to keep in mind when you begin your search for an appropriate web hosting service: (1) Find a web hosting company that meets your needs for today, (2) Make sure that this web hosting company you choose can grow with you as your business expands. Another important factor you want to know up front about hosting services, is that once you choose one, and decide it doesn’t pan out for you, to switch to another service will be a very painful and a lengthy process. It’s just not worthrepparttar 134411 mistake to make!

Check out these tips in how you can select a web hosting service that hasrepparttar 134412 most qualities such as flexibility, service, and growth capabilities along with a strong background in technical abilities that you’re seeking, at a price you can afford.

Shop and Research Do your surfing onrepparttar 134413 net. Shop around and comparerepparttar 134414 services betweenrepparttar 134415 different web hosting services. Ask other businesses what hosting companies they’re using. Make sure you check out businesses that have made statements in testimonials aboutrepparttar 134416 particular web hosting company they’re using. Follow up by contacting them and have a series of questions to ask, and see how they respond to your questions in regards to those services. Still don’t know where to start? Check outrepparttar 134417 web hosting directories onrepparttar 134418 net, which will save you hoards of time, becauserepparttar 134419 real good ones will berepparttar 134420 ones onrepparttar 134421 first, few pages, could be a good place to start.

Cost and Fees of Web Hosting This is a pretty good area to begin as well. You need to know what you’ve set aside to pay for this service, since it’s a vital part of your business, therefore, it needs to be part of your marketing plan. Make sure when you’re doing your homework on web hosting services, get a clear cut picture of whatrepparttar 134422 fees and upfront cost of everything you can possibly think of. For example, is there a set up fee? Are there extra fees for having a ‘secure transaction’ feature? Will it be extra to have multiple URL’s? Auto-responders, additional email addresses, how much more will it cost to upgrade to a better plan? Once you decide, just have it in writing and be specific as possible as what your expectations are from any particular web hosting service. You should know exactly what you’re shelling out for.

Contract Length Many web hosting companies will offer a cheaper rate for longer contract timeframes. If you decide to go with a two-year contract, since they know they’re getting a commitment from you, may offer you a deal. The only risk with that, if you find that you’re not pleased with their service…it may be tough to get out of a contract you are obligated to follow throughrepparttar 134423 duration ofrepparttar 134424 contract. Just be clear aboutrepparttar 134425 length of your commitment and how often you are required to pay on your contract. Some do it monthly, quarterly or bi-monthly. I would recommend that when starting out, hoping you never change web hosting services, that you settle on a one-year contract. Just understand what you’re getting into before you sign any dotted line.

Disk Space Depending onrepparttar 134426 type of site and business you’re in will determine how much disk space will be required for your website to function properly. You can pretty much estimate your disk space needs onrepparttar 134427 amount of space your site takes on your own computer. The reason why this is important to know, is for example, if you’re an online store that offers free movie downloads, you will need lots of space for all those large video files.

Assess Service and Support A good web hosting company will have excellent customer service and a support center where you can call to trouble shoot your concerns about your site. Without good customer support, you can smell trouble for yourself and your business downrepparttar 134428 road. You don’t want to ultimately hamper your business growth because you overlooked on customer care and technical support from your web hosting company. A good way to test web-hosting services, before you make that splurge, is to send them a test email, and see how quickly and professionally they respond to your email. Make sure you send out emails on weekends and evenings to see if they respond to those off-peak inquiries. Think about it, you’re not going to run into problems only from Monday through Friday, from 9 to 5, right? See how accessible and how they address issues that may arise duringrepparttar 134429 off-hours is a good way to see how serious they are about customer care and support. There should be a technical support phone number on their site, and some hosting companies do not list their phone numbers…so who do you call when you’re site is down? Not those ones! I think you getrepparttar 134430 gist of that one.

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