"Business Web Hosting: Which is Right for You?"
by Joe Duchesne
Business web hosting is what you need. You have a website you
need to put online. When you look around on the internet, there
are thousands of choices. How do you choose the right web
hosting package for your business?
Reliable web hosting
Business web hosting must be reliable. The last thing you need
to worry about is that the provider's service becomes
unavailable for long stretches of time. What kind of uptime
guarantee do they provide you with? How long have they been in
Hosting support when you need it
What level of support does the company offer you? You may not
need 24x7 service but is their support desk open reasonable
hours? Beware of companies that only offer email web hosting
support. Some of these companies will tell you that they only
offer email hosting support in order to keep costs down. What
they often don't say is that they are doing the business part
time and can't possibly be available to answer the phone. When
you need help, you may have to wait days to get service.
Ecommerce web hosting
Do you plan to sell online? If so, does the web host have
shopping carts available? Are they included for free or are they
extra? Get the names of the ecommerce shopping carts they
provide, and research their capabilities to be able to determine
which one is best for you.
Website response times
Be sure to ask the hosting provider for a list of websites that
are hosted on their servers. Enter a few of them into your
browser and pay attention to how fast they come up. If all of
them take a long time to load, this may indicate that the
hosting provider's servers are overloaded. Doing a ping on the
website addresses is another way to measure the time it takes
for the server to respond. Keep in mind though, that a ping test
will be more of a measure of a bandwidth bottleneck than a
Web Hosting bandwidth: How much do you get?
How much bandwidth does the web hosting service provide you with
every month? If it is only 500mb per month and your website is
50 kilobytes in size, this will only allow 10,000 visitors per
month to hit your website. If you expect to need more, make sure
you can live with the extra charges the hosting provider will
levy. If you website traffic explodes, you may be on the hook
for large bandwidth overage charges.
Small business web hosting that is reliable is a vital part of
any success your company will experience online. Doing your
homework ahead of time will save you lots of grief later on.
About the author:
Joe Duchesne is the president of Yowling.com.