Things to Look for Shopping for a Web Hosting Service
If you are searching for a web host for your business, no matter how big or small, there are some things that you should look for to ensure quality service. Here are some of the most recommended aspects to keep in mind before signing a contract.
While most people naturally assume that when you have a website it is always available on the internet, there are times when it is actually not available to the public for reasons of system updates and upgrades. Since uptime can never be 100%, you are shooting to get as close to 99.99% as possible. Always ask your hosting provider what their uptime is before committing to anything.
Personalized Email Addresses:
Believe it or not, there are still some web hosting companies that do not offer their clients personalized email hosting and addresses featuring their domain name, or if they do, they only offer one address such as for sales or support. These are the hosting companies to avoid. In this day and age, there is really no reason for a company to not offer unlimited emails featuring your domain name. While it may not seem like a big deal, it actually makes your company look far more professional than it would if it simply used free email providers.
If you are a true entrepreneur, you will have multiple domains that you need hosted, one for each of your many startup businesses. Ask about package deals and if necessary, check into getting a private loan to help gain access to the needed startup funds to pay for all of them at once. The income you can make from your websites will easily pay for the money you had to borrow to get started.
Every website needs top-level security. After all, data breaches can lead to customers boycotting your business and even filing lawsuits against you if it is found you have been negligible. A proper web hosting company needs to have security not only on your actual website but on the database as well as all servers. This prevents hackers from doing any damage, stealing company or customer private information, as well as installing trojan horse programs on your company hardware.
Outstanding Technical Support
Just as you strive to provide excellent support for your customers, you also want a hosting company that provides you with excellent technical support. Since you do business on the internet, there are no traditional business hours to which you adhere, and neither should your web hosting company. Any solid provider will be able to provide support to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If they offer anything else, you could look for another option.
Your business may start out small, but the hope is that it grows with time. You need a web hosting service that will be able to grow with you. One of the most important functional features is the ability to post unlimited amounts of data when you get to that point. Make sure your host will be able to handle that need.