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THE 8 ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS YOU MUST ASK BEFORE SELECTING A WEB HOST
So you know having a website can be a great asset for your business,
non-profit organisation or even just for your personal interests, but
with the huge choice available to you these days, how do you actually
choose a hosting company that is best for you?
With so many web hosting options available, often too much choice can be confusing. Making an informed
choice, as ever, means not just being armed with the right information, but with the right questions to ask too.
With few exceptions the majority of web hosting companies offer the same
services, however, because they package their offerings slightly differently, it’s
not always so easy to know which ones you can really rely on. The following
series of questions are designed to help you tease out the information you
need, to tell the good, from the average, the bad, and ugly.
1.) What kind of website do I really want?
Knowing what you actually need is a great starting point. For example, there
is no point buying a plan with unlimited or a huge web space limit if your site is
only going to require 1 or 2 mega bytes. So it’s important to really examine in
detail what kind of website that you want.
What are you going to do with it? Are you going to sell from it? Is it just going
to be an online brochure? Are you going to run a blog? What about forums or
other pieces of software? How many email accounts are you going to need?
Top tip: Gather your answers into a checklist which you can cross reference
against any web hosting plan on offer.
2.) How good is the web host’s customer support?
From ANY paid for hosting account you should expect quality technical support,
period. While many hosts can offer the same technical specifications, not all
hosts offer the same kind of reliability when it comes to the back up they offer their
Be sure you know that you will be able to get hold of someone, whether by email,
telephone or live chat to supp