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Do Your Homework

by Zen Maven

Web Hosts! There are so many providers, so many plans, so many options. Is your head spinning yet?

You've got your domain registration. Good start. You are so excited to get your e-commerce site up and running, now what?

Finding the right web hosting partner is just as important to your internet presence as the contents of your website!

Do a little homework to find out what's available.

Important features to check should include these items:

Disk Space Bandwidth Customer Support Cost

In just a few short minutes, I was able to come up this comparison of plans.

PLAN A:

Disk space 25 mg at $3.99/mo with only email customer support.

PLAN B:

Disk space 30 mg at $1.50/mo with both email and telephone support

PLAN C:

Disk space 5 GB at $3.99/mo with both email and 24/7 telephone support.

For reference, please note that 1 GB = 1,024 mb.

PLAN A doesn't look expensive, but it is the MOST costly of the three plans illustrated since it offers the least amount of disk storage! PLAN C includes an email disk storage allowance almost equal to the entire disk storage allowance of PLAN A.

Check out the web host before you sign up.

Read their terms and conditions.

Check references/testimonials listed on there wite. If they don't have any that speaks volumes.

Check host's page rank. If they've been around awhile they will have a page rank higher than -0-.

As stated previously, do your homework first. Go with a reputable, well-known hosting company that can provide the disk storage value for the dollars spent as well as customer service when you need it, not when they want to provide it.

Monday, May 28th, 2007