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    * 8 Steps to Choosing the Right Web Host

    Hello WHT Members!

    First thing I would like to discuss is that price is not everything! Doesn't matter if your paying .99c for hosting and your site is completely unreliable because in the end, you'll lose money over these problems. Let's go through the considerations that you need to ponder in order to ensure that you get what you need. You want to choose the web host that is going to provide your needs as they stand now as well as where they lead to in the future. Here we go:

    1. Understand the differing types of hosts: shared, collocated, unmanaged dedicated, and managed dedicated. Is your site brand new with little traffic? In the event your site is a newer domain, you won't need the raw power of a dedicated server unless your site is resource intensive which can include: streaming, video's, proxies and even linking to videos as well can cause a high load on Apache and the CPU(s).

    2. Go for stability, not just size. Just because the host if offering you unmetered and unlimited space, doesn't mean you should soley base your decision on that. What good is that account to you when your site is down or the server is overloaded? Research how long the hosting business has been in operation. See if they have recently changed ownership, and if they show positive cash flow.

    3. The possession of fully redundant data centers. If you are considering doing business with a smaller hosting vendor, ensure that they have adequate power and connectivity capabilities. Inquire as to the number of lines the facility has. Do they possess an on-site generator? Does the generator receive regular checks and maintenance? What is the average utilization of the connections available?

    4. How skilled is their staff? When you need customer service of a technical nature, you need it immediately, right? Find out the availability of their systems administrators. Send them a support ticket and see how fast they respond.

    5. Other customer's reviews of the hosting services. Same as any business, the hosting vendor should be able to provide good references.

    6. Is the potential host flexible? In the future, your needs may change. Can you upgrade services should the need arise?

    7. This step of course, is optional. Make sure that the host does not have blacklisted IPs. The host that you want to do business with would not be one that promotes illegal sites, spammers, or other security issues. You are considering associating your business with this host. You could always ask them what web server they plan to put you on.

    8. Begin with and maintain a clear and written understanding of all services and all charges for them. If questions still remain or some terms are unclear it is strongly advised that you ask for clarification before signing up for anything.

    If you do your research before beginning business, you will find a better avenue to the successful hosting, and thereby promotion, of your online business. Take your time in making this important decision.

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    Good job, this should be a good place to start that covers the basics for all the beginners out their.
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    Wow thanks, only had free ones in the past but was looking for a paid one so this really helps me

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    very well written -

    Research is so important when finding a new provider. Aside from everything mentioned I would also test the support and or sales team by submitting a ticket or calling in to make sure a response is available when you need it.

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    One point I must make about choosing a web host or testing web hosting. Do not assume because your site has problems when you switch to a new host that there service is the problem. And don't assume that your monthly fee of what ever will cover the time a host must spend on your transition. Sometimes database, php, apache, and apache mods, etc. are different versions and may cause different problems. In all seriousness you get what you pay for.

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    Lightbulb

    Right. plus while choosing service, consumer support is no #1

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    thanx for the info

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    Very nice thread, thank you for investing the time to help others here on WHT.
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    No problem, the pleasure is mine. Another quick fact is to just google search the company in question, are there many results? how about reviews?

    Think about these things before jumping on the bandwagon =]

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    very good suggestions. thanks for posting

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    Thanks for your suggestion

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    Quote Originally Posted by rllunzmann View Post
    Hello WHT Members!

    First thing I would like to discuss is that price is not everything!
    Well said, but my experience is that this simple truth seems to be falling on deaf ears. Every month, hosts seem to be lowering their prices and offering packages which are clearly not financially viable, and potential customers just lap them up, going for the lowest bidder, and then getting disgruntled when they can't get a hold of customer service or the server is under a supposed "ddos attack" for days.

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    Godfreyh,

    This is true, hosts seem to be lowering the prices to unbelievable prices and giving away Terabytes of disk space like it's nothing and I truely believe it leads to overselling/oversold servers.

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    and overselling means the business will get out of business..
    if you are running a webhosting company, or hosting company owner, plese considering not to low the price, to get the business keep running well in long run.
    Last edited by mister i; 05-25-2008 at 02:46 AM. Reason: grammar

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    i agree with you 100% mister_i. Overselling is a bad practice and i think that any shared reseller should be limited on the account creation based on the packages they have setup. This is one method of many.

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    Diamond info.
    Thanks and keep it up
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    Just the advice I was looking for - thanks

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    great thread and advice!

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    Very informative thread. I gotta similar tutorial sort of thing at tutorialindia.com/articles/web/how_to_choose_hosting_solution.php

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    wonderful thread - 8 points is very helpful to us.
    Deb

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    Thanks that helps a lot!

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    Thanks for the kind feedback everyone, I appreciate it!

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    4. How skilled is their staff? When you need customer service of a technical nature, you need it immediately, right? Find out the availability of their systems administrators. Send them a support ticket and see how fast they respond.
    Often time it is not that easy to determine the skillfulness of the staff. You guys have any tricks in checking this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darenshawn View Post
    Often time it is not that easy to determine the skillfulness of the staff. You guys have any tricks in checking this?
    Right, one should determine the time getting the issue resolved by tech-support. But here, nature of technical issues can be very....
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    Good job.
    This will help some beginners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gineey View Post
    Right, one should determine the time getting the issue resolved by tech-support. But here, nature of technical issues can be very....
    But by the time we can determine this, we have already subscribed to their service haven't we? Perhaps this is the only way in determining their technical support quality.

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    I would recommend asking the provider for a trial account to test there server and services. Submit a ticket to their support and see how fast you get a turn-around the response. Most hosts (not all) will allow you test a trial account before subscribing with them. If they don't mention it anywhere, I would simply ask them. Odds are, if they want your business, they will agree to those terms.

    Another note i'd like to add is, stay away from hosts that absolutely require contracts, etc.. Yes, i'm sure you may get "better rates/pricing" with some hosts but ideally, if your choosing a provider for the first time, I would go with a month-to-month subscription and if things pan out well, then go forth with the contract. Alot of times even if you do pay for a year and you are not on a contract, you will just be pro-rated for the months you had left.

    Hope this helps some,
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    This has been a very good post. Thank you!!!

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    Thanks for the read. I was looking for something like this.

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    How about a list??

    How about posting a list of top 10 based on each of your criteria.

    I bet your experience would benefit others

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrinny View Post
    How about posting a list of top 10 based on each of your criteria.

    I bet your experience would benefit others
    Well web host that you select also depends on your needs..so your top 10 wont be top 10 for me if you are getting 10uvs/day and i am getting 10k/day..so its best to take advice from experts and find the best one for you..yourself..

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    A very helpful thread, thankyou

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    Additional considerations When Selecting a Web Host

    I agree with the above 8 recommendations. But I have some additional ones.

    1. Internet hosting has been around for a long time now. Is the host you are considering a well

    established and respected host. One thing to consider here is do they have some well known and

    well respected Internet marketing members. These people are inclined to host with a quality and

    reliable service.

    2. Are you new to using the Internet for your business? There are many businesses who are

    coming online for the first time each day. If that is the case for you does the host provide training

    for new people and for the new things evolving on the Net? Even if you have to pay extra,

    learning and for staying current is really important.

    3. Internet hosting alone is not enough to provide good service for a business. Does the host

    provide a package that includes autoresponders and perhaps even video tools for your website as

    part of the hosting package. This may cost a little more than just web hosting but provides a

    complete business package.

    4. If you are looking for additional income, or at least to cover your cost, does the host provide

    this opportunity? There are hosts that do.

    However, do keep in mind the original 8 recommendations, as they are extremely well thought out

    and extremely important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eLief! View Post
    Good job, this should be a good place to start that covers the basics for all the beginners out their.
    Another thing I do is actually call their tech support before I buy. Gives you a good idea of their level of support.

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    like i said in another thread, always check out the forums to see how handy a community it is .. with cheap hosts especially you'll likely rely on the user forums more than official support. so make sure it's active.

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    Thanks for giving us these tips. These are really very good and very helpful to others.
    Thanks a lot for sharing this information. I hope you will put more useful information in near future for helping us.

    thanks a lot

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    Thank you very much for the information. I have had some pretty poor luck with web hosts in the past. I will use this information to my advantage from now on!

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    Good information! I've been reading a lot of reviews about webhosting sites, checking how long they've been in business/reliability/customer service comments and technical information. I agree that it seems that you get what you pay for. It probably is worth paying a little more as the choice of webhosting service is crucial to the success of your website. A good idea in any case to avoid contracts to try out a new service first.

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    I agree with you.You have given very good steps to choosing the right web host....
    Last edited by Mike V; 12-24-2009 at 10:20 PM.

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