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5 Areas to Find Out Prior To Selecting a Web Host

Aug 17, 2007
As with all other facets of developing an internet home business, selecting a web host requires a great deal of focus and research. There are a number of things you will want to find out prior to selecting a web host, seeing that this is the company that will be providing you with server space, web services and the necessary file maintenance. Here are a few things you should find out before selecting one for your internet home business.

1. Reliability
The web host is the company that can make or break your business. If your server is always down, visitors have no way of getting to your website. Therefore, you want to look at the percentage of time the server is working properly for the company. While percentages can sometimes be off slightly, you will also want to look into whether or not they have a money back guarantee offer.

2. Support personnel
Regardless of how qualified the company is and how great their percentages are, there is always going to be a couple of times when your server will go down. In such a case, you want to look into how long it takes to get a hold of the support personnel. The longer it takes the more business you will be losing. The best web host companies take care of your problems as soon as possible.

3. CGI access
If you have an internet home business, chances are you are going to want to run your own programs. In order to do so, you have to have CGI access to give you the necessary interactive capabilities. When you are looking at the web host to see if they offer this, make sure your CGI access allows you to read, write, and execute on your server.

4. POP account
Setting up a POP account gives you password-protected access to mail sent to you through your website email address. If you have a larger company, you will probably want to set up multiple POP accounts. If this is the case, check with the web host to see how much it will cost extra per account.

5. Domain name
The domain name you select for your internet home business is perhaps the most important piece of the puzzle because this is your identity. You want to select one that has your company name or products name in it somewhere, while making the address as short as possible. Short domain names are easily recognizable and easy to remember.

Selecting a web host for your internet home business involves a lot more steps than most people would think. However, it should not take too long to find the perfect fit for your internet home business with the right kind of research.
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