Business Web Hosting For Your Small or Medium Business
Don't Make These Mistakes When Choosing Your Business Web Hosting...
It can be challenging finding a good small business web hosting company. This is especially true if you're working with a limited budget.
Most higher-end hosting companies target larger corporations and websites with a lot of traffic. They usually aren't interested in the small & home office businesses because the profit margins are lower.
This had led to many web hosts that market shared hosting services to small and medium-sized companies. Many of these hosting companies don't have the technical or financial resources to offer state-of-the-art hosting services.
Some of them may only own one or two servers while others may be reselling hosting from another larger company.
For these reasons, you need to closely examine what these smaller web hosts are offering, before choosing a host for your website.
You should especially avoid resellers. Their claims may sound good, but because they don't actually own the servers they're really just a middle man. If you have a problem and need help, they ultimately have to talk to the true host to get things sorted out, which can mean extra downtime for your site.
To find a good, reliable host, make a short list of potential hosting companies in your own city. That way, you can visit their datacenter and actually see their equipment in operation.
This is pretty hard to do when you buy web hosting from a company on the internet.
If possible, get a list of some other websites that are hosted with the company. Contact the owners of a few of them to see what their experience has been like.
Find out what hosts offer the services you require and what they're charging for them. You should evaluate the web hosting company's knowledge by asking questions. You want to be sure they are honest and committed to their customers.
Choose a host that is flexible, scalable and able to grow with your business. Watch for signs of impatience or unresponsiveness from their support staff.
Don't sign up for a long-term contract until you have had a chance to evaluate their service for yourself. And if you have more than one website, it's not a bad idea to spread them over a few different hosts.
Smaller web hosts are beginning to understand the needs of small business better, but don't get carried away by lots of bells and whistles with a hosting plan - the service and support is more important.