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Business Web Hosting-Five Keys to Choosing a Web Hosting Company

Jun 26, 2008
When you are looking into business web hosting, there are a slew of companies you can work with. This article will give you the five main keys you should think about when choosing a web hosting company.

The first key for a business web hosting company is to look into the amount of disk space that you will use. How much space will your website take up? This would consist of all files, pictures, graphics, and other animation which you will need to upload to the web hosting companys server. This can differ from company to company.

How is traffic on your website and how is your website used? If you have a lot of graphics and a lot of visitors, you will need greater bandwidth for your website than if you have a tiny trickle of visitors to your website. Here is an example: if you have a web site with one page that has 110 kilobytes with two pictures of equal twenty kilobytes size, one hundred fifty kilobytes per page is transferred any time a visitor to your web site clicks on this one particular page. If one thousand people visit your website in a given month, that will equal one hundred fifty megabytes of data transferred during the month from this one particular page. You can get a similar figure by looking at traffic patterns from your other pages traffic patterns. You will want to see how much you are charged for bandwidth and if there is a particular amount per month.

The third key is what kind of needs your website will have. You will need to see if the web hosting company you are considering can support different languages such as PHP and whether databases are supported as well.

The fourth key is if you want to be active in changing your website. Some web hosting companies will make the changes for you while others you have to handle it yourself. How active do you want in making the changes to your website and do you want to wait on others?

The final key when looking at business web hosting companies is what kind of support you will receive. Most web hosting companies servers never go offline but if they do, how quickly will they be back up and running? If your website is not loading correctly, is there a number you can call to get your website back up? You are losing visitors to your website for every period of time that your website cannot run correctly.

This should give you an idea of particular keys you can look for in a business web hosting company. A company is usually pretty easy to work with but you want to choose one which can fit the needs your particular website demands.
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Ron Subs works with Mega Star Media Inc. as a public relations consultant, more information about Mega Star Media Inc. can be found at http://www.megastarmedia.com
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