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Useful Tips To Save Time And Money While Choosing Web Hosting

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As the number of businesses looking to make their presence felt in online market is increasing, the number of web hosts has also increased accordingly. There are thousands of web hosting providers available online today providing equal number of plans to choose from. Hence, choosing the right web host with right plan has become a daunting task both for pro as well as a newbie alike.

Sometimes the selection process consumes a lot of time as well as money. Whether you're looking to move from your old host to a better one or looking to host your website for the first time, there are few simple steps you need to follow to save time and money.

 

 

Platform:

Platform is the first and the most essential step in choosing a good web hosting provider. You have to determine the platform on which the web server needs to run. Usually, it has to be a choice between Windows and Linux/Unix.


This can be determined by the type of technology you use to develop your website. Generally, websites created using open source technologies like Perl, PHP, or Python are capable of running on Unix/Linux based platforms, whereas, websites created using Microsoft technologies like ASP or VB are capable of running on Windows servers.

Features:

After choosing the platform, the very next step is to determine the features needed for your website. Take some time, study the feature list carefully. The list is getting longer and longer with the passage of each day. You may find some plans to be similar on the outlook, but a close look at the feature lists will tell a completely different story.

Determination of specific features depends only on you. You have to make your own list of features required for your website. A Good web hosting provider will be able to provide the entire features required without putting a big hole in your pocket.

Cost:

While looking for a web hosting provider, cost is the only thing many people consider when selecting their first web host. In the initial stages, the flow of funds is usually tight and moreover most of the hosts look similar on the outlook.  Sometimes you may get lucky in finding a good host, but it can be the other way around. Hence, it is recommended to choose the host based on total cost of ownership.

Customer Service & Support:

Customer service and support is another trait of a web hosting provider that is often overlooked. You will start feeling guilty of forgetting this aspect once something breaks and there is no one to help you out.  All those wondrous handy sales individuals who were once very helpful before taking your money are now nowhere to be seen. This situation can lead to losses in revenue.

The service needs to be online for 24/7/365. Anything less than this is not tolerable. Your website needs to be online all the time. If your web hosting provider is not in a position to provide this basic requirement then it is not a good host.

Many web hosts promise to provide 24/7 support but only few can provide consistent service. Test them thoroughly at several times of the day as well as night via email, live chat and phone before signing the dotted line.

 

 

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