How to Choose a Web Hosting Service Provider for Your Business Website

Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by PeakSter, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. Inspired

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    How to Choose a Web Hosting Service Provider for Your Business Website

    How do you choose a web hosting company from hundreds of others that offer the same services you need to connect your company’s webpages to the internet?

    This article can serve as a guide by pointing you in the right direction—towards weighing the services offered by the web host alongside the key factors affecting your day to day business operations.

    No two web hosts are created equal. So, here goes...

    Choose the Most Suitable Web Hosting Plan First

    It is important that you do not settle for a free web hosting plan for your company website. A free one can be unreliable and may entail you to run onsite ads.

    Selecting the most suitable web hosting plan is not a difficult task. You can readily identify from a suite of web hosting plans the one that fits your needs and your budget.

    A number of different Web Hosting plans generally fall under these three categories:

    • Individual plans or shared-hosting plans. These are the least expensive web hosting plans. Individual plans provide support for only one domain. They usually come with limits in terms of bandwidth, data storage, and features. If you do not expect massive traffic to your site, then an individual plan is normally the right web hosting plan for you.
    • Dedicated servers. If you expect to grow traffic in the future and you do not want to share servers with other webmasters (like in the case of individual plans), then you can upgrade to a plan that gives you a dedicated server. You may also want to go for a web hosting company that offers this type of plan even if you are only getting an individual or shared-hosting plan. It allows for seamless account transition should you later upgrade.
    • Reseller accounts. Reseller hosting plans let you set up a number of individual plans within your account. If you want to expand your business and run small websites in the future, then a reseller account makes that switch easy for you.

    Weigh the Following Factors

    Once you have decided on a specific web hosting plan for your online business, examine the minutiae of your chosen plan by looking at the following aspects.

    • Cost. The rates must be reasonable. Compare similar plans from different web hosting companies to make sure you are getting a bang for your buck.
    • Customer reviews. Read customer reviews about the web hosting company. Read as many customer reviews as you can. Pay close attention to negative reviews and decide accordingly.
    • Customer support. You may want to go with a web host that offers phone, email, and chat support 24/7, most especially if you are a beginning webmaster.
    • Storage and bandwidth limitations. Know these key details beforehand so there will be no surprises later.
    • Script support. Check if the web host can support popular web scripts. You may want to run WordPress on your business website and you end up with a web host that limits the number of MySQL databases. It saves you a lot of hassle if you check the level of script support while considering a web hosting company.

    Comments are Welcome!

    bye, PeakSter
  2. vaanamsimbu New Member

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    This is very useful information about how to choose a web hosting service for Business website.I would like to share my experience.
    Before choosing or changing the hosting provider,you need to consider the following factors.
    1)The hosting Company service
    2)What are all the plans they are providing.
    3)Plan cost.
    4)Server uptime.
    5)Check whether they are providing good customer service and support at 24x7.
    6)Company Existence.
    7)Read customer reviews and select the new hosting provider.
  3. FuturedHosting Member

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    Your suggestions are perfect. But most of these are not easily judge-able by a typical customer. He/she needs to be with the provider for a couple of month.

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