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What to Look For When Selecting Web Hosting

by Silas Novak

Web hosting has been described as a modern-day marriage: instead of till death do us part, it's more like I'll stay with you as long as your uptime is 100%. I get all my questions answered immediately and you charge me next to nothing. Below I've listed a few tips to help make your relationship with your web host less rocky and even prosperous.

Make no mistake about it, you have responsibility when selecting web hosting. You need to decide what you think your needs are from a web host before you even begin looking at web hosting companies. Now, I know this task might not be an easy one to take care of. It can be a little difficult to figure out your exact needs ahead of time. You might end up with a lot more visitors than you expected, which would undoubtedly create the need for more bandwidth and storage than you thought. You may also one day decide to have data feeds hosted on your site, which will take up more resources.

One problem you may just encounter that will force you to have to find a new web host is wanting to use a technology on your site that isn't available with your current web host.

One of the best ways to find a professional web host is to ask the people you know who they use. They will more than likely have differnt needs, but they can still inform you on important things such as customer support and uptime. Another thing you can do is go on the internet and review web hosting directories. You can find all kinds of information that can help you narrow your list of choices.

One more thing to consider is whether you will have the room to grow with a web host. The size of your current sites and the number of domains and subdomains you can host are important factors to take into consideration. You should get the most bang for your hosting buck as you can.

In short, do your homework and check out any web hosting company you think you might host with. Do your best to decide up front what you're after, and then make your web hosting choice.

About the Author

Before spending your time and dollars into a web hosting company, make sure you check out Silas Novak's revealing resource site on website hosting, web hosting evaluations and other web hosting subjects.

Wednesday, Aug 29th, 2007