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Choosing the Right Web Host

Geoff Roy - Monday, November 24, 2014

If you’ve got a website, or are currently developing one, then you are going to require a web hosting service in order for it to be published and visible to the public.

Therefore it’s important that you ensure that you opt for a web hosting service provider who will deliver the level of service, support and speed you require for smooth and easy ongoing management of your site.

Here are a few pointers to look out for when choosing the right web hosting service for your website or business.

Online Reliablity

It goes without saying that your web hosting service should be as reliable as it can possibly be. This means a provider who can deliver a high percentage of UPTIME (in other words, the amount of time that the site is actually online and visible to the public). If your website is down or offline for any prolonged periods of time then it can have a detrimental impact on your business. No service provider can deliver 100% uptime but you should ensure that your host can deliver as close to that rate as physically possible and has a robust system in place to ensure that any downtime is swiftly resolved.

Effective Control Panel

The control panel is basically your dashboard to oversee and manage your website in relation to its hosting. An effective control panel system enables you to monitor your site’s performance as well as to perform maintenance or make changes.

24/7 Support

Inevitably there will be times when you need help with your site, a technical issue or other gremlins that occasionally require the assistance of an expert. And of course, as the internet never sleeps these issues can arise at any time of the day, week, month or year. Which is why it’s imperative that you have round the clock access to technical support who can help you resolve your problems quickly and when you need it.

Versatile Features

We all require different things from our websites and online presence. Therefore you should be looking to work with a web host that can offer a versatile range of services and features to meet your specific needs. This could be easy access to different platforms; content management systems such as Wordpress or Joomla perhaps or the ability to set up e-commerce facilities on your site, all fully supported and with ease of management.

Range of Contracts and Payment Options

You might want to look at a webhost that can offer a range of different options when it comes to contracts and payments so that you can tailor and adjust in accordance with the requirements of you or your business. You may have one site for personal use, a blog or similar perhaps, which requires a fairly basic hosting plan. However, maybe you are running a business website with need of larger storage and multiple layers of pages and commerce options. Then again, you might be running multiple websites and require a package to accommodate this. Your host should be able to offer a plan to suit. Furthermore, if your circumstances or needs change then it should be a painless process to amend your contract to suit.

Robust Backup Options

There is always the risk of data loss when it comes to digital, online storage or website content. Therefore you should always ensure that your web hosting service has provision for a robust and efficient backup system so that you can routinely backup and save data and prevent the catastrophic implications of losing everything on your site. Find out what backup is available and how this is covered within your respective package so that you have the peace of mind from the outset.

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