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How to Pick The Best Web Site Hosting Provider

Apr 28, 2008
How do you choose a web site hosting provider when there are literally thousands of hosting companies available online? Its like going through the yellow pages trying to find a burger restaurant. There are lots of them. Hopefully these tips will steer you in the right direction so that you choose the best company for your needs.

The most important factors in selecting a web hosting company include:

1. The percentage of server uptime. 98 to 99% uptime is the dream standard for server uptime, anything lower is unacceptable. If a hosting companies servers have a high downtime, this reduces the potential for visitors or traffic to actually view your web site.

2. Another consideration is how much web space (or storage space) is provided with the hosting package for the files that will make up and drive your web site.

3. Finally the last of the big considerations, is how much bandwidth are the hosting company offering with your package? Monthly bandwidth is the amount of data transfer allowed for visitors to view and use your web site. This is usually measured in MB or GB, go for as much as possible. If your web site takes off you will need it.

With todays changing trends in web hosting services, it is important to get as much server space and bandwidth as you can. This will allow for any necessary updates and cater for any increased traffic to your site as it becomes more popular.

It is equally important when purchasing business web hosting that CGI access is provided; along with features such as MySQL, Real Audio, Real Video, and Cold Fusion (which some companies sell as an add on component).

If you intend to sell online, the most crucial feature for carrying out ecommerce is SSL, or Secure Socket Layer. This encrypts all order and credit card information until it reaches you. An SSL certificate can be purchased from most web hosting providers. Displaying the SSL logo on your ecommerce web site verifies that any monetary site transactions are safe and secure.

We have talked about this before in other articles. You will need a domain name that reflects the nature of your business. For instance, if you run a sports web site you do not want a domain name that implies that you run a beauty business. To get your own unique domain name, you must first check the availability of the name with a domain name search, offered by all the web site hosting companies.

There are so many service providers to choose from, if you do a search engine search you will be inundated with potential companies to choose from. We have taken the hard work out of this for you. Visit our website to find reviews of the internets top ten web hosting companies.
About the Author
Steve has been building web sites for a number of years and runs a website entitled Cool Net Host which identifies and reviews the best web hosts on the internet today.
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