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Que - Which Web Hosting Company Should I choose ?
Ans - So you have designed a website and are now confused as to all the choices you have in order to find a host for your site.
It is good to make a right choice the first time, because if you have to move to another website hosting company, it will cost you time and you will lose some of your valued customers due to the downtime setting up with another host.
You will also have to pay set up and hosting fees for a new account.
Here are some basic things to consider when choosing a Web Hosting Company:
1. Speed and reliability of the servers and hardware
- Make sure they have a high-speed server.
- They provide you good bandwidth
2 - Compatibility with existing Software and Skills
Is your web hosting company's server, software and support services compatible with the skills and software you are using? For example if you are using FrontPage to create your site, make sure your website hosting company have FrontPage extensions installed on their server.
Some of the basic features of a web hosting service should include:
- At least 10MB of allocated space
- Good bandwidth
- Free Technical Support
- POP3 E-Mail Accounts
- Email Forwarding
- Email Auto-responders
- Email Aliases
- FTP Access
- FrontPage Support
- Own CGI-Bin Access
- Perl, CGI
- Server Side Includes (SSI)
- Password Protection
3 - Flexibility and room for growth – Keep in mind the future needs of your web site. If the traffic to your website explodes, or in the future you may need a database solution then your web hosting company must be able to accommodate the changes.
4 - Quality of their support services
5 - What should i expect to pay?
Expect to pay US$50/Rs.2000 for a small web hosting package of 20 MB for your site. You may find affordable ones if you are lucky (just like thewebbrains.com). Make sure you can upgrade your website hosting plan, should your site expand.
If you follow these basic guidelines, you will have a reliable, efficient and satisfying web hosting service that will contribute to the success of your business for many years to come.