The Beginner’s Guide to Businesses

Finding the Right Web Host

So you’ve got a business website that you’re looking to have professionally hosted. There are tons of paid web hosting companies today. How can you tell which one is most suitable for you?

Below are the most important things you should consider:

Technical Requirements
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This is the biggest question of all. You need a web hosting provider that can meet your site’s demands. How much storage space, for instance, do you need, and can you afford it? How much in monthly bandwidth is allowed? Should you exceed this allotment, how much in additional fees do you need to pay? Nobody likes surprises – ask and get answers early on.
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Scalability

This is another crucial matter. While your website’s needs may be simple now, they will almost surely grow, and you don’t want the hassle of changing web hosts when you have to upgrade. Pick a web hosting company that provides enough room for you to grow.

Web Design and Updates

Does the company provide templates or some other form of assistance for your web design, or do you need to build one from scratch? If you’re not really that web-savvy, templates can be your lifesaver. Also, find a web host that lets you update your website fast and easy – especially if you feature time-sensitive information, like fluctuating currency rates or the weather.

Reports and Statistics

The web host should either give you reports, or teach you how to run them yourself, so you can check how much traffic you’re getting, where they’re from, and if those visits are turning into sales.

E-commerce

If you’re not currently using e-commerce, you may still want to in the future, so pick a web host that can handle it.

Reliability

What type of spam-filtering services does the web host company provide? Are they covered in your hosting fees, or is there a need to pay extra? Check their uptime track record. Each time website is down, you can lose potential customers and revenue. Reliability is a huge issue when it comes to web hosting.

Customer Support

What type customer support is provided by the web host? Seven days a week, 24 hours daily or regular business hours? Whose business hours will be followed (if your host operates from another state or country)? The idea is to have someone to help you when you need them, whenever and wherever.

Fine Print

Before signing on the dotted line, check the web hosting company’s Terms of Use policy completely. Should there be caveats to their money-back guarantee or limitations on their “unlimited” package, everything should be listed here.

Payment Options

What are the modes of payment allowed – personal checks, PayPal, credit cards? Quarterly or monthly? Do they give discounts for prepayment?

The Total Cost

Price is and will always be a concern for any business, but it shouldn’t stop there. The most important thing is, you get the kind of web hosting service that your company benefits from.