guide to finding quality web site hosting services
By Aaron wok
As a beginner or pro -- selection of web site
hosting services -- will be crucial. And we
say crucial because it can become a heavy cross to carry
if we choose the wrong web site hosting services.
We have to choose wisely. Whether the website that you
painstakingly developed will be viewed by your target
market lies solely in the hands of your web
site hosting services; therefore exceptional
care must be given in your selection process. Once your
website is on the Internet, you could lose hundreds
of dollars (or as a beginner, a few dollars) any one
day your website is off, very often caused by malfunction
in the systems of the web site hosting services.
You cannot afford to experiment in this area. Choosing
will be difficult but the peace of mind that you will
enjoy when your website runs will be worth the effort.
Our concern about the proper selection of web
site hosting services is that it will be a
burden for us beginners to contend with changing web
site hosting services if the first choice was
not satisfactory. And in the beginning, expect to need
a lot of assistance from our hosts' support department,
as we familiarize ourselves with the features and tools
offered by the web site hosting services.
Our nightmare at this point is to find a web
site hosting services that is so highly inaccessible
that we literally feel that we were thrown in the hinterlands
far from civilization.
Making the right choice is important primarily because
moving to another web site hosting services
can be a very disruptive process, sometimes downright
messy. The first web site hosting services,
depending on the congeniality of your relationship,
can make the transfer as difficult or as easy as they
may decide to. But certainly, moving your domain to
another company will take time, normally from 3-5 days
(or more if your web host dislikes you!).
But before your go around shopping for a web hosting
company, think of what you need first. You need to know
and understand your requirements, what your website
may need and the kind of response that you can expect.
Will your website be a simple and straightforward presentation
of your products or services requiring only a few kilobytes
of diskspace? Or will it contain a thousand pages? Will
you need the capability to run CGI scripts? Are there
areas in your site that needs to be password-protected?
Do you need a shopping cart and online capabilities
to process payments? How much traffic do you expect?
Identify what you need, then look for web hosts that
you think can address your requirements.
An important consideration for many people, and the
number source of complaints, is the quality of customer
service. It is important to find a company that will
be there for you to answer your questions, hear your
complaints, and learn of your server problems - if and
when you need it! Many web hosts offer both telephone
and email customer support, although some offer even
live chats over the Internet. Some offer 7 hours a week/24
hours a day support; while others have set time. Stay
away from companies that has no customer support contact
numbers; you don't want these companies that can never
be reached when you have emergencies or your server
goes down for one week. If they offer only email support,
check how fast their response times are. If they get
back to you after one week, they do not deserve your
trust (and your cash). However, always bear in mind
that response time to a potential customer and to an
actual customer can be two different things! Contacting
each company by phone and gathering information on their
support services and trying them out at random, would
be very helpful in your final decision.
To help you in your choice of good, reliable, and reasonably
priced hosting company, you can visit sites that rate
hosting companies. Webhostingdeal.com is one good source;
check their page where individuals rate and review the
web hosting companies that they have used. These reviews
are honest to goodness assessment of their experiences
with certain web hosting companies. The ratings and
candid comments from those who have actually experienced
the quality of service given can help you make your
own hopefully, informed choice. You definitely wouldn't
want to enlist in a web host that consistently gets
the poorest score, even though they offer the lowest
price! Researching on the kind of service offered by
the web hosts will give you some amount of confidence
when you make your own decision.
Web hosting companies have their facilities well advertised
in business magazines. You then make your selection
by matching the their capabilities and features with
your hosting requirements. As a beginner, you must always
look for the best for less, right? The standard on going
rate for a 20-25,000 KB site ranges from $19.95 to $29.95
a month and this comes with standard facilities like,
email, list server, file manager, statistics manager,
cgi-bins, FTP server, and several standard programs.
The rate increases, as you require more sophisticated
programs like a secure server and shopping cart software.
Some companies have special promotional rates ranging
from $7.95, $8.95 to 12.95 a month for a standard website
hosting. Cedant.com offers $7.95 a month with an EXCELLENT
email support service, no set-up fees and set-up takes
only three to four days. Icom.com offers $8.95/month.
Forsite.net offers $14.95 with free shopping cart and
merchant accounts and no set up fees. As you increase
the features and level of sophistication, the web-hosting
budget can run up to $200/month (more if you want a
To give you a better idea of web hosting companies,
we will share with you some of the ratings that we gathered
from Webhostingdeal.com. While we endorse no one, the
ratings that individuals gave based on their own perception
and experience will give you an idea of who is the best
Web hosting companies that received a rating of 8-10
for excellent support include:
Companies with POOR Ratings include: Interland Digitalspace
VR World Technologies, Inc. NoMonthly.com Icom JPS.net
Sitehost4u Iperweb ProWebSite
Companies with POOR Ratings include:
VR World Technologies, Inc.
A word of caution, though: what may be good for someone
may not be the best for you. Know what you need, then
find the best company that ranks up high in terms of
reliability that can meet your needs.