Finding the right web hosting company can be daunting, even more so if you are a first-time business owner in the start-up phase. Given that there are so many service providers all claiming to be experts at what they do and all able to provide the best solutions for you, taking the time to really think about your business needs will not only save you time and money in the long run but also provide peace of mind knowing that you have made the right choice.
Many of these service providers are also quite adept at appealing to you on an emotional level by offering “special offers” and “great deals” which may not be to your advantage over time.
In light of this, we have decided to put together a series of articles aimed at making the process of selecting a web hosting company little easier for those of us who feel a little overwhelmed.
Here are a few things to consider when looking for a Web-Hosting company:
1. What are your needs?
Make a list of all your business requirements. Things like bandwidth and disc space, anything else you can think of that may be relevant to your business. Here are some of the questions to consider:
How big or small can the volume traffic go?
What kind of website are you building?
Which site builder will you use – (WordPress etc)
Would you like to include a Blog?
2. Reputation – Yours
The reputation of your company could suffer irrevocably should you fall victim to a hosting company with a reputation for too much downtime, low server resources or bad latency. It helps to speak to people who are current clients or read testimonials before deciding.
When searching for the right Web-Hosting company, you often get to see nice images and descriptions of all the great hosting plans on offer, but you never know what stands behind them. Try to resist the temptation of choosing the first hosting company with a welcoming website that appears to cater for all your needs. Shopping around for the right hosting company is no different to shopping around for any other important goods we use in our daily lives.
The belief that the more expensive the product or the bigger the company, the better the product quality or service will be is no longer a certainty.
Although big firms have teams of salesmen, big marketing budgets and leverage at the bargaining table which allows them to dominate the market, their size can make other valuable activities such as customer care and practical product provision more difficult.
Smaller companies have fewer clients which make responding to queries a lot faster and the knowledge that you are not just a number is rewarding, to say the least. At http://www.padroni.info Web-Hosting We like to think of our clients as part of the Padroni family, being a medium enterprise allows us to do just that.
The best you can do is weigh the pros and cons of each before making your decision.
3. Shop Around
When searching for the right hosting company, you often get to see nice images and descriptions of all the great hosting plans on offer, but you never know what stands behind them. Try to resist the temptation of choosing the first hosting company with a welcoming website that appears to cater to all your needs. Shopping around for the right hosting company is no different to shopping around for any other important goods we use in our daily lives.
The investment you have made in creating your website goes well beyond the financial sacrifices you have made and the wealth of product and customer information contained therein forms an important part of your business lifeline.
Unfortunately, there are many unethical companies/individuals out there eager to use this valuable information for spamming and other purposes. Secure hosting is needed to ensure that your system remains virus free and that your information does not fall into the hands of those eager to use your website to fulfil their own dubious needs.
This is but one of the many reasons why security is of vital importance. The best way to ensure better security is to look at hosting companies that offer transparency regarding security features on offer such as back-ups, malware detection, secure data centre etc.
As a first time subscriber, you may be signed up at a discounted rate. Remember that this rate may change upon renewal of your contract. Make sure that you understand the full ramifications before you subscribe.
Understanding what payment plans, subscription and renewal terms, fees and procedures are available will enable you to budget efficiently and ensure that payment is made on time.
Knowing how the billing structure of your chosen hosting company works could spare you the embarrassment and inconvenience of things like site suspension due to late payment.
Having all the facts at hand will enable you to make the right decisions giving you peace of mind and allowing you to focus your efforts on growing your company.
Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field” – Dennis Waitley
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