Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Web Hosting Company Cautions!

Be cautious when hiring a hosting company to host your website, many factors should be considered. First analyze your hosting needs and be mindful of the follow points...

1. Price and for what features?

2. How much storage space do you need, or will you need in the future?

3. Is there Security issues? Can you do automatic updates? Can you install modules, themes, without writing in SSH or creating an INI or PHP file? Can you install CMS, like WordPress, Durpal, Open-Cart, Joomla, Etc? And be cautious of Windows servers because if you're using CMS's like WordPress, Drupal, Joomla they usually don't handle these type of installs!

4. Is it possible to manage your domain name? add a sub-domain, make changes to (DNS) Domain Name Servers, etc?

5. Do you have c-panel access to make changes and install a database for a manual install, or to add a sub-domain, forward, redirect or even add another directory?

6. Is there technical support?... and what are their office hours, or if there is only a support center via chat or email, and then what type of time frame do they get back with you? I have literally been booted out and could not login to my ftp and or the support center and had to go to another hosting company and lose my website! Nobody from that hosting company ever got back to me!

7. Is your hosting shared server overloaded by one or many of the websites hosted on the shared server? It can cause slow loading times and give you a poorer Google rating!

8. Be careful of email storage space with an email account with your web hosting provider. Most hosting companies won't emphasis the need for unlimited email storage space that you will probably need for your companies emails. What actually happens if you don't setup unlimited email storage is that your email inbox will become full and your emails will kick back to an inbox catch-all and your emails are lost forever in cyberspace. So make sure when you sign-up for a web hosting account that you have unlimited email storage.

I just wanted to share a few of the problems and issues I have encountered over the years and help you become aware of let's just say web hosting that can ruin your search results and your last nerve!

These are just a few of the issues that I wanted to share, and I hope this helps you find a great hosting company.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Web Hosting Service That Is Right for Your Business

Since each web hosting service is different, you need to compare and contrast the available services to find out which one will offer you the most value. Look for a server that offers the features and benefits that will support your business needs as your company expands.

Try to find a web hosting company that has gotten good reviews. If you know of other individuals or business owners who employ a web hosting company, ask about the service, reliability and features they offer. Like any other type of service, web hosts that come with positive references from people you trust are a good choice.

Make sure your web host provider offers the chance for you to grow your website. You may need extra space on the server, increased technical and customer service support or increased services for managing and maintaining your website. Find out if domain add ons are available through your server. Domain add ons will give you the ability to have two or more independent websites that share the same space and bandwidth.

Determine the features, amount of space and services your website will require. You must also consider the features your website may need in the future. As your business continues to grow, the needs of your website will also increase. Although you must consider the cost of each provider, balance the price against the benefits to find out which company offers the most value. Make sure you get an uptime guarantee. Your web host should also offer improved performance by offering enough network bandwidth and quick transfer rates. Customer service should be available 24/7, and you should be able to expect a certain turnaround time for technical and support issues.

Internet downtime will reduce the success of your business. Although no server is up all the time, you should find a web hosting company that is up at least 99 percent of the time. Make sure you do not sign a contract that you cannot get out of even if the hosting services are sub-par. If your website is down for more than 24 hours, you should consider switching servers.

Your company should offer online backup services for free or for a minimal charge. You should also backup regularly to your hard drive to avoid losing important information and to save changes to your website. If you pay for backup services, make sure you are paying a flat fee as opposed to paying per GB of information. Paying per GB of data usually ends up being much more expensive than paying a flat fee for all backup data.

After building a perfect website, you want to make sure your customers can find you online. A good web hosting company will help you maintain and manage your website at a reasonable price. A good web hosting company will grow with your business and continue to offer the latest technology. Stick with your chosen server as long as they provide the necessary services at a good value.

Hi, I'm Somen Siddhanta and have been a writer for several months now. I love writing on topics related to World, music, figure skating, internet marketing, the law of attraction, sports, God, Angels, health & fitness, Computer & IT, Software, Shopping & Product Reviews and plenty of other topics. However, if you need articles that are in those categories above, please let me know what you need and I would love to write for you.