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How To Choose A Web Hosting Company

Oct 11, 2007
There are literally thousands of web hosting companies that are more than happy to let you host your website with them. So how do choose the best one. In this article we will look at a few things to consider before you start hosting.

1. What is your website going to be used for? If this is a personal website to keep your friends and family up to date on what you are doing, your hosting needs are different than a person who is trying to make money with theirs. For this reason you must have a long term vision of what you want to do with your site and what you need from your hosting company to do it with.

2. Price should never be the determining factor. Here is why that is true. Your website can not do what you want it to if it is being hosted by a company that always has down time. If your website is a business site this reflects badly on your company.

If your website is there to sell things, how can you sell when your site is down? You can't. A hosting company that is causing you problems is costing you money. Is saving a few dollars every month worth a loss in business. For that reason we equate price to quality and a cheap hosting company could offer poor quality or even worse they may not be in business tomorrow.

3. Ask for referrals. This is so basic it is amazing how often it is missed. Ask for the website addresses of some of their best customers and go visit them. If they have a contact form email them and ask their opinion before you start hosting your own site. Try to find out about the back end service of the web hosting company as well. If there is a problem how do they handle those?

4. Don't forget the technical stuff. You need a website that can grow with your business. How much space are they offering you. Another technical thing is how hard is it to use their system. You will be building web pages. Is that easy for a novice to do? Do they offer templates that almost anyone can use!

These are 4 things that address how to pick a web hosting company. These are not the only criteria. You do not want to be 1 year into a website and find out that you picked the wrong company. Do it right the first time.
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Dr. Daniel Trainor is an established internet marketer and online business mentor. To find out how Dr. Trainor can help you make money from home go to Wealth Magnet System
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