So chances are, you’ll be happy with your choice. The bad news is, if you get it wrong it can be a nightmare.
When it comes to narrowing it down from the thousands of web hosting providers to the right one for you, there are so many factors to take into account. You may find yourself reading countless web hosting reviews, so it’s important to know what to look for.
These are just a few of the features that separate the good companies from the bad…
As you can see it’s not just a price issue, there are so many factors to consider.
One thing you need to bear in mind is, what if things go wrong?
Even with traditional or WordPress hosting, there may be times when you need help.
That’s why it’s vital that you consider customer support when choosing your web hosting company.
You should choose a company that provides a 24/7 customer service support. There’s no guarantee that, if and when things go wrong, it will be during office hours.
A good web hosting service does not charge any fees in any technical support inquiries, and must be free of charge.
It is preferable for the support staff to be based at the server farm and essential that they are well trained in server management – it is a good idea to telephone the customer support line of any potential web host to get a feel for their level of knowledge – you can also ask them about their company infrastructure.
A good host will have connection redundancy i.e. more than one connection. You should check this out when you speak to their customer support.
The important point to note that is a long as you have good customer support, a fast connection and a reliable web host you can’t go too far wrong.
It’s not just a choice of free versus paid-for, it’s a matter of finding the best deal.
If you’re serious about making money online, then you really should consider keeping down your overheads. And while it will probably make sense to go down the paid-for route – hence avoiding ads and allowing you complete freedom of url – you don’t need to pay “the going rate”.
What savvy internet surfers know is that, if you are prepared to put in some time on sites like Google, you can get the best deal.
Many webhosting companies offer coupons giving discounts on hosting. Some are permanently discounted, but most just run promotions for a limited time.
If you do an internet search for a term like “webhosting coupons” or “webhosting discounts”, you will be able to see which companies have the best offers at any given time.
Many companies have partnered with Google or Yahoo are able to offer free $50 or $25 AdWords coupons and YPN coupons, which you can either redeem yourself or sell for a significant amount.
If you are a developer, you may also want to look at shopping carts, mailing lists and a free domain to start with.
One thrifty form of web hosting is the shared domain, where the provider partitions a server into sections and companies have their own little piece of the server with a unique name, but really part of one domain. These tend to be the least expensive, and cost is one of the primary advantages of web hosting, and as such a boon to small, cash-poor companies and new start ups.
The disadvantage is that you have no control over who is sharing that space with you. If one of the other users is a crook running a scam, or an unethical marketer spewing e-mail spam to unhappy victims, the whole domain may be blacklisted or blocked by others.
Welcome to Web Business Solutions. My name is Steve Pronger….
At WBS my focus will be on creating & exploring effective online marketing, website building and search engine optimisation solutions for small businesses in Australia.
I have helped many small business in Australia & around the world create effective websites including Australian business broker Best Business Buys, where I developed an understanding of search engine optimisation (SEO). I’m currently putting that experience to use with one of Australia’s best SEO companies…SEO Works.
If you’ve been struggling with making the Web work for your small business…stick around…I hope to share some ideas, tips & strategies which will get your online marketing efforts producing some real results and boosting rankings, revenues & profits.