Choosing a web host based on price? Don't!Written by David Leonhardt
Choosing a web host based on price? Don't! 3 reasons why price should not dictate web host you choose By David Leonhardt It's tempting. There are so many companies offering cut-rate hosting – loaded with astounding post-futuristic techno-gizmo features ! – that it just makes sense to save a few dollars, right? Think again. First, consider how much you would be saving. If you run a business site, saving $5, $10 or even $15 a month is not a big saving. No going concern will become a stopping concern on account of even $15 a month. But wrong web host can stop a business cold. Here are three reasons to look beyond price when choosing your web host.Usability. Confession time: I chose my first website host based on price. The control panel was not easy to use, and I often found myself traveling in circles trying to enter it. I switched to my second web host based not just on price, but on usability, and I instantly became a pro. Well, not quite. But I was able to manage my email accounts and learn about CGI, and check my traffic stats and edit my html files right on server. Not bad for a newbie who couldn't even find his files on his previous host's server. Service. I thought my second host had great service. They even answered my emails. Until dreaded day that some guy with a chip on his shoulder filed a phony spam complaint. I was out in cold. In fact, they would not answer my emails or even speak to me at all. Meanwhile, my ISP responded to same phony complaint immediately, sharing with me a copy and giving me a chance to deal with it. That ISP is now my third web host. I pay a little more, but personal service is worth it. I have no hesitation recommending Phastnet business web hosting to anybody who wants assurance that they won't be hung out to dry at first whiff of somebody in a bad mood.
Choosing the Perfect Deluxe Web Site Hosting PlanWritten by Gary Gresham
If you are looking for a deluxe web site hosting plan there are some important considerations before you make a choice. Everyone has different needs so what is deluxe for you might be completely different for someone else. You want to end up with a complete web hosting package without paying for something you don't need. Reliability This is percentage of uptime host guarantees and don't accept anything under 99.5% of uptime. Look for what safeguards and backup servers a hosting company uses because downtime means your site is invisible. Bandwidth Bandwidth is amount of material that can be downloaded or transferred from your site each month. Inexpensive web hosting packages offer you a lower amount because when your site is new you probably won't need much. But if your traffic takes off and you need that bandwidth your additional monthly charges could be high. Look for 10GB minimum with many web hosts offering 40 to 50 GB at no additional charge. Disk Storage Space You may start out with a small web site but when you expand you'll need more disk space. Again some less expensive web hosts will offer you a low amount of space and charge extra when you need more. Look for 200MB disk space as a minimum with 800MB to 1000MB being offered by best web hosting packages. FTP (File Transfer Protocol) FTP allows you to transfer files to and from your Web site from your computer and is this recommended so you are in total control. One reason free web hosting services are not a good idea is most don't offer FTP. If you consider a web host without FTP you will be sacrificing price for control over your web site.