Where to Host: An Important Choice

As discussed in Choosing A Website Developer, there are some options when deciding how to begin developing your online presence.  Depending on the initial direction you take, your developer may or may not include hosting in the services they propose.  But whether you are making the “hosting decision” as part of the initial consideration, or it is something you won’t evaluate until the actual site development is done, there are several things to bear in mind regarding the selection of your hosting provider.  Here is a fairly comprehensive list that covers the bases:

1.     Technical Support – Does the company provide technical support via the phone?  Or is it available via email only?  Is there an extra fee?  Is the support unlimited, or do the technicians have quotas or a limit on the time they can spend on each call?  Consider all the details.  For example, Company A offers 24-hour support and charges extra, whereas Company B provides support during normal business hours for free.   Will you typically need support at 3am every night and be willing to pay extra for it?

2.    Security – You do not need to be an online security expert to ask about a hosting company’s record regarding online security.  Your developer can help you find a reliable company that had a track record of exceptional performance.  You should not accept anything less.

3.    Traffic / Bandwidth – Are there limits to the amount of traffic your website can handle?  Are there limits to the amount of bandwidth your website is permitted to use each month?  Inexpensive hosting often involves hidden glitches you may not recognize until after you have signed on with a provider.

4.    Additional Services – As your business grows, will the needs of your web presence?  What does your hosting company offer in terms of what you may need in the future?  For example, are they providing full support of your email and ecommerce/shopping cart needs?  And what is their history and track record?  Will they continue to be around for you?

In the case of web hosting, you definitely get what you pay for.  Cheap hosting is often just that…cheap.  Make sure you find out why a deal may seem better than the rest, and use the above information as a guide.

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  3. Every one talks about hosting and all crap. No one yet I found someone talking like you did for where to host is also important. Pretty nice to here such a wonderful post regarding that..:)

  4. I know this is a little bit off topic, but it is about search engine optimization so I figure some of you SEO guys wouldn’t mind answering my question: Is there any way I can make my website rank for a term overnight? If yes, can you please link me to the post? I searched all of this website but couldn’t find any info. I’ll keep checking back every day to this post to see if any of you have answered my question. Thanks a lot guys:) -Jake

  5. There aren’t many shortcuts to achieving ranking in the search engines. About the closest thing is promoting yourself with the local search engine listings as I reference in my post:


    Let me know if that helps!

  6. Hosting is so important…I’ve used my fair share of good hosts and bad hosts…it makes a big difference! The most important for me is customer service – if you’re ever in a situation where you need help its nice when you get right through without waiting on hold for hours or waiting days for a response by email!

  7. Finding the right company, that meets your needs, is a very important part of the process.

  8. Just passing by.Btw, your website have great content!

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