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Friday, September 28, 2012

Web Hosting - Things to consider

If you have ever had to deal with searching for a web hosting company you know just how challenging  it can be to your mental health. It seems like every one has an angle, a marketing scheme and well written client recommendations. But what does that all really mean?

Let me see if I can help you in making your choice, a little easier.Two important items to consider if the new Web company will be a good fit for you are:

1.) What do you need or expect to be getting?
You can speak to your Web designer or another tech savvy person and determine just what you need. If you do not have a designer or this is a start up business consider using a Web Hosting and Design service.  Do you need a Linux or Windows server? What about a basic static website, or a dynamic site written with e-commerce functionality? Do you need a shopping cart? What about social networking? Do you want to be able to share on Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn & Follow on Google etc? What about blogging? Do you want to buy a DIY plan where you pay for the hosting and then you design the website? 

2.) What is most important to you and your company? Here is a list of Items that should be at the top of your list. These will be critical in determining the success or failure of your site.

Critical points to consider:
  1. Up-time Percentage
  2. Eco Friendly - This is more important than many realize - Utilizing a green Web Host for 1 website is the equivalent to planting 2390 acres of tree's or preventing the enviromental damage of driving 6.1 million miles! 
  3. Back up Servers - if there is a hardware failure, does your site re-route to another server?
  4. Back up power plan - do they have generators? Where does there power come from?
  5. Domain Security - SSL certificates, Spam & Fraud / Malware detection tools
  6. Tech Support - who do you call or email?
  7. Storage Space - In today's marketing strategies, graphic and video files consume a lot of storage 
  8. Site Back up - can you back up your site on a predetermined schedule?
  9. Bandwidth - refers to the total amount of information that has been served to your site visitors.
  10. Ecommerce -Shopping carts & Gateways, payments: Are there options?
  11. Blog friendly - Can you tie a blog into your website? Is it user friendly?
  12. Social Networking - Is it available? Facebook - Pinterest - Twitter - Google+  LinkedIn
  13. Number of Domains / Domain Pointers
  14. Number of Emails, FTP accounts / Databases
  15. Templates - do they have templates available for DIY business owners? How many pages will you need?
  16. Design and Set up - Are they willing to help you get your website designed if you are not a DIY?
I hope that this list will help you determine which plan / service will be the best fit for your company.  Feel free to visit our website to learn more about web hosting, & compare what is included in our plans & services.