The conditions between one hosting server to the next aren’t often considered by the “average user” starting a website. Perhaps they don’t matter as much on that minute of a level, but once a corporation has been formed, it is crucial to make zero mistakes in your hosting choices.
Continue reading and you’ll learn a few ways to get closer to that magical “0”.
Guaranteed uptime is important, but read the fine print carefully. From your perspective, a guarantee of 99.9% uptime means that your site will be available and running 99.9% of the time. That is usually not the case. It generally means the web hosting company is available 99.9% of the time. Your site may be down, but the company is not responsible if they are running well.
Consider the available web hosting options, such as dedicated server space or shared memory, and plan ahead. Sticking to a budget is important, but think of your budget in terms of about six months. If you choose an inferior package to begin with, it will end up costing more in the long run.
All things considered, the cheapest web hosting company is not the wisest choice. Sure, you don’t want to incur astronomical charges for hosting, but you do not want downtime, lost customers, and many more problems based on choosing a web hosting company whose standards are anything but professional. Make sure you select a web hosting company that you can trust, and not the cheapest company.
Think about setting up your own server if you want to save money. You will have to invest in hardware and learn how to operate and maintain your own server, but this also means you will not have to pay a monthly fee and have to rely on another web host.
Consider signing up for a 12 month web hosting contract. Many web hosting providers now offer large discounts to customers who sign up for long term contracts. If you pay for your web hosting on a month by month basis, as oppose to on a yearly contract, you could end up paying more than double for your website’s annual hosting.
If you plan to conduct e-commerce on your website, choose an e-commerce hosting plan that includes shopping cart set-up. Installing your own shopping cart script can be very tricky and time-consuming. If you are unfamiliar with it, many things can go wrong that can jeopardize the security of the transaction. So it is best to go with a plan that includes shopping cart installation.
While you may not make “zero mistakes” and no server is going to have “zero downtime”, you can certainly get extremely close to the two. This is possibly the most important aspect of your online-presence that operates entirely behind the scenes.
You can choose to dismiss the choice or you can prepare accordingly for a busy and profitable future.
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