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Tips For Web Hosting

After the registration of a domain name; next comes choosing a web host. Make sure the company is dependable.  

Types of web hosting:  Website hosting is divided into four 4 categories:
1. Virtual or shared hosting occurs when several websites share one server. The cost is low because price is split between several users.

2. A dedicated server company leases the entire server from one hosting company.  This type of server is an appropriate option for those who would prefer not to share a web host. Dedicated servers are available in two types, managed and unmanaged. If you choose a managed server, the host company will attend to all setups and installation.  Choosing an unmanaged server means the client does the set up themselves. The advantage of this type of hosting is that the client sets up the server the way he or she see fit. The more business you have the more a dedicated server makes sense.
3. Collocation servers are a near duplicate to dedicated servers. The difference is the host doesn’t lease their servers.  Those companies own their server and the care of that server is placed with them.

4. Reseller web hosting is for those companies wishing only to start their own hosting enterprise.

The Aspects and which ones to consider:

Web space constraints differ from place to place. If the user requires a simple website that has key information about their work excluding web applications, then 50 MB will do. But, if the company needs a multifaceted e-commerce website with various amounts of product this may require a space of 1 GB.

Online time: Don’t get excited when a vendor says you will get 98 percent up time. That 2 percent down time will seem like an eternity. Demand at least 99.7 percent uptime. Every second counts.

Email issues: Email is an essential part of a host contract. You need to know how much ‘catch’ you get.  Basically all mail forwarded to your domain; and/or set up several different email accounts for your users? Find out how much this particular company will charge you for a few or an unlimited number of email boxes. 

Tech support: When you choose a web host company remember what tech skills you don’t have.   If you are not a techie you are going to need a techie.  The proper technical response time will be not more than 24 hours. In fact, the response time should be less than 60 minutes. Don’t take the response time issue, lightly.  Get response time in writing. Other questions to be asking about tech support. Does your host company have both email and phone support? What is their working time window?  Do they just support during business hours say 9 to 5 or are they a 24/7 operation. Do you want to know what really will happen?  Come up with a list of phony questions.  Give them a buzz, then wait to see what happens.
Customer Satisfaction: Do they have any?  What are the other customers saying about their service?  You can’t believe everything you read in their customer comment columns.  Find out who their other clients are and contact them.  Other customers are apt to be more honest if they are just talking to you.


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