The November 6, 2015 Issue of Home Income Quarterly E-dition...
It is Friday again and welcome back to another issue of Home Income Quarterly E-dition. I know from when I first started online over 20 years ago, there are so many web hosting companies out there that it can be a difficult task to find one you can depend on. Early on in my online career I changed web hosts many times. I have put together a couple of suggestions.
In today's issue, our topic is "What You Need To Look For When Choosing A Web Host" by Joe Reinbold
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If you're like most people, you know very little about web hosting. If you have a website, you know a bit more than most people, but the truth is that choosing a web host can seem a bit strange. Luckily, this article has a number of smart tips about web hosting to make your hosting decisions easier.
Do not choose a web host that does not offer automated billing or payment options because there could be outages within the server and the outage could last for over a day. By choosing yourself a web host that have automated options you can save yourself a lot of time and trouble.
When deciding on a host for a large site, you need to figure out how much bandwidth you will use. Depending on the amount of traffic your site gets, you need to make sure the host can accommodate large files and downloads. If you have a host that cannot handle large amount of traffic, then you will experience a lot of downtime.
Consider switching web hosts if an outage lasts for more than a day. Even if the host explains why the server is down, the most likely reason is that the host did not invest enough into back up plans as far as outages are concerned. Any truly professional web hosts will have ensured that outages will be short and infrequent.
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Now, back to our topic.....
When transferring your site between hosts, have a copy of your website at both your old and new hosts for a few days. It's important to do this because it takes 6-48 hours for the DNS to propagate. During this time, some visitors will be sent to your old website, while others whose ISPs have updated their DNS info will be sent to your new site.
Call the customer service number and ask about SSL certification and shopping carts. If the technicians are helpful, you have found a web host that understands e-commerce and will be able to meet your needs. On the other hand, if no one is able to answer your technical questions, look for a different host.
Not only do you have to select a reputable hosting company and choose a package, you must also decide between hosting types such as Windows, Unix, etc. You need to know what your options are and look into all available choices to see what is best for you and your business.
You should look for a web host that offers a good FTP application. FTP software allows you to upload new content to your site quickly and safely. If you have to go to your host's site and log in to upload new content, you are losing a lot of time. I have used Cute FTP for years and have never had a problem.
Choosing a web host can be a bit of a hassle if you don't know what you are doing. Let the tips in this article guide you and spur your own research so you can make a good decision about your web host. Learn as much as you can about web hosting so you can always be sure your site is being hosted by the best. We have hosted our sites for a number of years with HostGator and can recommend them very highly.
Joe Reinbold has been doing business online for over 20 years and is owner of:
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