Choosing the Web Site Host that's Best for You

Written by Fred Farah

There are few things as critical to your e-business success as having a reliable web hosting service ... Here’s How To Choose The Right Web Host that guarantees Your Web site Stays Up And Running!

Whether your focus is affiliate marketing, niche marketing or any other online business, now more than ever – asrepparttar Internet grows by leaps and bounds –repparttar 136573 choice of a reliable Web site hosting provider is absolutely critical.

Cheapest ... biggest ... smartest ... newest ... oldest – with thousands of web site hosting companies vying for your attention, it’s easy to get confused. And, heaven forbid, if you makerepparttar 136574 wrong choice, it could cost you dearly in time, effort and money. Transferring a site from one host to another host is nightmarish at best – if it’s even do-able. So ...

How do you pickrepparttar 136575 BEST host for your web site and online business needs --repparttar 136576 very first time out?

You can start by going throughrepparttar 136577 following checklist:

[ ] What isrepparttar 136578 Initial Set-up Fee?

[ ] Isrepparttar 136579 cost of a domain name included?

[ ] How much bandwidth (data transfer) will you be allowed each month?

[ ] How much disk space (data storage) is provided?

[ ] What features are provided onrepparttar 136580 website control panel?

[ ] Are you provided with unlimited email accounts?

[ ] Do you get unlimited single and multiple sequential autoresponders?

[ ] What isrepparttar 136581 level of shopping cart compatibility?

[ ] Are website analysis tools provided?

[ ] Are tools provided for traffic analysis, tracking reports?

[ ] Are search engine submission tools provided? Ranking reports?

[ ] Do you have access to your own cgi-bin directory?

[ ] What web design tools are provided, as part of a complete web design capability?

[ ] Are web site design templates included?

[ ] Are there any ezine publication tools?

[ ] Is there a Spam check tool?

[ ] What kind of technical support is provided?

[ ] What security measures are in place? Offer your clients ease of mind with SSL (Secure Socket Layer) for selling from your site.

[ ] What isrepparttar 136582 speed ofrepparttar 136583 web host’s Internet connections?

[ ] Is there 24-7 customer service? How doesrepparttar 136584 company rate on support?

[ ] What isrepparttar 136585 hosting cost per month?

Pricing, of course, is a key consideration in choosing a web host that’s right for your needs. Just remember, as with everything else in life, you’re going to get what you pay for. There are 3 general categories of web hosting providers readily available, ranging from $0 to $75 per month. (More expensive solutions are for really big companies and beyondrepparttar 136586 scope of this article). Let’s take a look:

FREE Web Hosting

Tempting as it sounds, $0 cost hosting is best reserved for casual use – for a hobby or other personal purpose not related to making money onrepparttar 136587 Internet. Amongrepparttar 136588 disadvantages: Low bandwidth, poor technical and customer support, excessive downtime, slow connection times, poor or no search engine positioning.

One ofrepparttar 136589 most significant compromises you face is that 99% of free web hosts put their own ads onrepparttar 136590 homepage of your site, detracting from your business. It comes across as unprofessional and can quickly drive your prospects away. Also – extremely important for affiliate marketers – many affiliate programs will not accept people who are hosted on a free web service!

Find the Purpose of Your New / Proposed Website

Written by Josh Bender

Absolutely everything stems fromrepparttar purpose of your website - selection of hosting, programming, graphic design, copywriting, internet marketing, autoresponder service, and e-commerce. So it's very important to establishrepparttar 136495 purpose of your business website first. The most common purposes for a business website are:

* A company brochure: explain to customers (or potential customers), suppliers and shareholders more aboutrepparttar 136496 business

* Product news releases: distribution of pricelists, product specifications & photos

* Information releases: downloadable brochures, documents, forms & marketing material

* Lead generation: allow customers to contact you directly via phone, fax, email or SMS.

* Sale generation: complete a transaction onrepparttar 136497 website (eg. Purchase a book, magazine subscription, etc.)

The above list is ordered fromrepparttar 136498 most simple torepparttar 136499 most complex website. Generally, if you want customers to buy your product or service via your website, your website will be more complex - including a shopping cart, secure payment gateway, customer record management, product/stock management and automated customer service. And generally,repparttar 136500 more complex a website,repparttar 136501 more time it will take to develop, andrepparttar 136502 more it will cost.

However, I recommend that if you're takingrepparttar 136503 time and effort to build your business website, you may as well build yourself something decent. So I always recommend business owners plan for a website that will generate fresh leads or sales.

The purpose of your business website should closely relate to your overall business plan. Too many businesses makerepparttar 136504 mistake of setting up a website and forgetting about it.

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