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The Importance of Finding the Right Host for You

Published on 6/15/2010 by

Finding a web host is a task that can be accomplished in mere moments. Finding a web host that is reliable and that will grow with you and your business is another matter altogether. If you’re ready to jump into the exciting world of web hosting and get your site online, you need to read this guide first!

Your business can’t be reliable unless your web host is reliable

What would you do if your favorite grocery store kept undependable hours, sold spoiled food or refused to restock empty shelves? If you’re like most people, you’d find a new place to shop. The same thing will happen if your website is constantly offline or your customers can’t reach you by email. Finding a reliable web host is the key to running a successful business, blog or website. Without reliability, your customers and readers will go elsewhere.

You can check a potential web host’s reputation by reading hosting reviews and monitoring their uptime—that is the length of time their hosting servers have been online without interruption.

A host to grow with

As your business or website grows, you’ll need a web host who can grow with you. Do the hosts you’re researching allow for free and easy account upgrades of space and bandwidth? If your site takes off and becomes a leader online, will your host help you transition to a private server or larger hosting package? These are all things you need to consider. Some hosts are small and exist only to cater to small websites, offering no growth potential whatsoever. Make certain you’ve located a host who fits your business plan and website ambitions.

An able host is a stable host

Can the host you’re considering handle technical problems with ease and minimize network downtimes? A host who is able to handle its business with grace and style is a stable host.

There are no shortages of one-man-shows in the world of web hosting. Smaller companies often employ only one or two people to man servers, handle sales and backups, plus correct technical glitches. This may mean that customer service is only available during certain hours of the day. If you need a host who can answer your questions just as easily at 12noon as they can at 12midnight, you’ll want to make sure your host is available 24 hours a day. Look for hosts who post toll free 800 numbers and advertise 24/7 assistance. If your website goes down in the middle of the night and you’re running a mission critical business, you’ll want to be certain that someone is around to handle the problem.

The value of free

There are free services that come with some web hosting packages. You may see advertisements and talk about free domain names, free backups and free website templates. Determine which services you really require before overvaluing a hosting offer. If you already have a domain name, you won’t benefit from the offer of a free domain. Likewise, if you have a site design, free templates will do nothing for you. Don’t let the value of free distract you from finding a host that fits your needs.

Take your time when searching for a web host. If you find the host that’s right for you, your business will flourish and your web host will help get you to where you want to be. If you make a rash decision, you may find yourself searching for another web host sooner than you think. As they say, patience is the companion of wisdom.