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Web Hosting And Internet Businesses

by Gen Wright

Many online business owners don't realize this - web hosting is perhaps one of the most important element of their online businesses. We have all heard of the horror stories. Servers come crashing down during product launches. Websites going offline for days on end without any reply from the support department. Hundreds of sales are lost, and thousands of dollars went down the drain because of some issues with the servers.

As everyone can see, web hosting services and your Internet businesses are closely linked. Choosing the right web hosting provider can help you succeed in your business, and choosing the wrong service provider may cost you a lot of money.

Even savvy Internet business owners neglect this critical element. That's because there are so many web hosting providers out there. To stay competitive, many are offering unrealistic hosting services at cut throat prices. They offer unlimited domain hosting, unlimited bandwidth, and some even go as far as offering unlimited web space. That sounds too good to be true, and it is.

But customers still get fooled by such marketing gimmicks. They sign up for a hosting account, thinking that everything is limited. When their account is activated, they started transferring domains in huge numbers to their new account.

The problem is, a server has limited resources, and can only support a certain number of sites. So the inevitable happens - the server crashes. Once the server goes down, the hosting company then scrambles to rectify the problems. But often, it's too late. Files and databases could be lost in the process.

And that's exactly what you are trying to avoid! There are things you can do to help yourself choose a reliable hosting provider. Here are some quick tips.

Price point.

Many website owners sign up with hosting companies that offer hosting packages are incredibly low price. There are some reliable hosting companies out there who offer competitive prices. Still, it has to make business sense. For example, someone running a new hosting company starts out by offering hosting packages at $1 per month. That doesn't make any business sense at all. There are absolutely no margins, and that leaves little or no room for additionalmarketing or support. So the only way the company is heading, is down. And you don't want to be caught with the company when its on its way down. So alarm bells should sound when the price point is too low.

Web hosting review sites.

Hosting review sites offer you vital information that you can use for comparing different hosting services. Some may offer better support, while others offer faster servers. You get all that information on the same site. Remember to read user reviews to find out the actual customer experience.

Web hosting forums.

Members on hosting forums are real life customers, and they can provide valuable insight on their own experiences with the hosting companies they are using. If you read a lot of good comments on a hosting company, that's a good sign.

Take your time to choose your hosting provider carefully. Contact them by phone and email and speak to their support department. At the end of the day, it's professionalism you are looking for.

 
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Sunday, Nov 15th, 2009