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Finding a good and relaible web hosting company
By Carolyn Clayton
Web hosting is what you need if you wish to have a website on the internet. It is business that provides the services and technologies that is needed for web pages and sites to be viewed on the internet. Web sites are stored on a server which is a computer connected to the internet at all times. Once you have hosting then anyone anywhere can put your website address (domain name) into a browser, like internet explorer and then it will be accessible by anyone in the world.
You are paying for the space on the internet where you site is to be stored. Your website is stored on a web server which is a special computer which is always connected to the internet. So if the web server that your website is stored on goes down, so will your website, which means no-one will be able to view your site. So making sure you find a good reputable company is a must. You can turn your own pc into a server and then host your website yourself, but if you wish people to have access to your website all the time then your computer must be left on 24/7, 365 days of the year. It is much easier to pay for a company do this for you.
Finding a reputable company is very important, so what makes a good web hosting company?
You want to find a company that offers good customer support as well as technical support. It can be very frustrating when you phone “customer support” and the representative has not got a clue how to help you and ends up passing you around their technical team. You should make sure that the company does not charge for support or have any hidden costs. The company should make it very clear what they offer for the fee and what is not supported.
Companies that have tutorials are helpful so as customers can look through them and see if they can manage their sites themselves. You tend to get what you pay for, so don’t go with a cheap web hosting site as the services will reflect this. A cheaper web hosting company will not offer support and they may make you have banner advertisements running of your site which can be off putting. You may think a large hosting company would be reliable and secure but this is not always the case. Some of the questions you need to ask are: How long the company has been in business? Is the current ownership the same as when it began? Are they successful profitable business?
You can find some of these questions out by talking to current or previous customers of the hosting company. Some companies will have success stories of their clients and if they do they should be only happy to pass you their details on. If the hosting company is unable to provide references from clients then this should speak volumes and I would stay well away.
About the Author: Carolyn is the webmaster for Discount Domains one of the UK’s most successful Web Hosting company. This article is free to republish provided this resource box remains intact.
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