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Searching for a web host

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Searching for a web host

Before you begin your search, analyze your needs. What features does your website require? What features are good-to-have? And what features are critical?

Things to think about:

  • What programming language will you be using?
  • Do you need a database?
  • Do you need email addresses?
  • Do you have a domain name?
  • How much bandwidth do you expect to use?
  • How much disk space do you need?
  • What is your budget?

Once you understand your needs, look at your selection of web hosts:

  • Do they offer fast connections?
  • Do they have a back-up system in place to protect your data in case there is a power outage?
  • Do they require you to make payments in advance? Who processes these payments charges, the company itself or a third-party payment gateway?
  • How is their customer support? What is their response rate? How knowledgeable is their support staff?
  • Do they provide you with an online website manager or an account control panel?
  • Do they support you with an online support manual, knowledge base, tutorials?

The basic features you should look for when selecting a web host:

  • 24/7 reliable tech support
  • Your own domain name
  • Sufficient monthly transfer (traffic) and disk storage for your website needs
  • POP3/Webmail email accounts, email aliases and autoresponders
  • Scripting support as your website requires
  • Unlimited free access to your server via FTP
  • Easy access to your log files
  • Referral program

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