to make your web host search easy...
By Jerry Roo
More people than ever are realising the importance of
good hosting for their site as it grows. Whether it's
your hobby or your business, you want to be sure your
site's speedy and always available. With a web
host search, you'll find there's a hosting
solution to suite everyone, and the good news is that
you get more for your money today than ever before.
The UK Web hosting market has come along way in the
past year. You can do a web host search
and find many. Faced with growing demand (millions performing
a web host search) from the public
for more sophisticated solutions to their Web site needs,
hosting companies have had to get creative. The good
news is that us folk with sites win. Just do a web
host search on google and you'll see there's
more to be had for your money than ever, whatever level
of hosting you're considering.
Our web host search has revealed four
main hosting areas, traditional hosting on a shared
server, free Web space dedicated server hosting, and
rolling up your sleeves and doing it yourself. Each
solution suits different sites so you need to consider
what your site needs now and how it's going to change
over the next year before you perform a web
When you perform a web host search,
don't restrict your site's potential by making a rash
decision. If you have a commercial site, consider whether
you want it just to be a bit of corporate brochureware,
or if you want it to have full e-commerce capabilities.
Your personal site might just be a few photos now, but
what if your want to add interactivity or get a domain
name of your own? You don't want your web host
search to lead you to a Web host that can't
grow with you.
Choosing well will ensure you get the support you need
letting you rest easy in the knowledge that your site
is in safe hands. The benefits of good hosting are clear
-- your site is always there, access to it is speedy
and consistent, your data is safe, and your site always
looks its best for visitors. You, meanwhile, should
be getting value for money excellent customer care and
plenty of Web space to play around with.
The hosting market is maturing, and it's no longer unusual
for first-times site builders to need a service that
can cope with CGI scripts (essential if you're planning
to dabble in e-commerce). There's also a noticeable
trend for SMEs with simple hosting to upgrade to their
own dedicated server as their sites become more important
to their business. There's also an upper band who are
shifting away from hosting companies altogether and
bringing the business in-house. It's less difficult
than you might think.
Changing hosts is a tricky business, but it shouldn't
be that way. It's getting easier and it's still better
to vote with your feet and take the consequences in
the short-term than sit tight with a poor service and
watch your site suffer.
Take a look through the ads in this magazine, and you'll
realise that there are hundreds of hosts to choose from
in the UK. It's a thriving industry that could leach
UK ISPs a thing or two. Don't be afraid to consider
overseas hosting companies, but chances are you'll find
what you need here at home. It'll also save on your
phone bill if things do go wrong.
the Author: Jerry Roo is a freelance programmer
working in Canada.