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What to Look for in a Web Host

The one thing that has changed in today’s digital world is that companies can no longer sit on the sidelines without any form of web presence.

What hasn’t changed, for example, is that ongoing need for reliability in a web hosting service.  But what else?  It is important to know what to look for in a web host.  How do you know you are using the right criteria for selection?

That’s why it’s a good idea to make a list of your requirements and expectations, and why you need to read Darren Dahl’s “10 Things to Look for in a Web Hosting Service” on Inc.com. 

Darren’s overview is not coming from just one individual’s insight: He’s talked to a lot of successful business owners in putting together these tips—6 of these gems are summarized below.

1. Blogability: You may not be up and running with a company blog yet, but it’s important that your hosting service offers a platform, like WordPress, to deliver your content.

2. To Share or Not to Share: Crucial to your decision to use a ‘shared hosting’ service is a respectable speed to ensure your customers are not moving on.

3. Support: It’s gotta be there 24/7. You just don’t want your “website to go down, or having email issue(s),” said Angela Nielsen, OneLily web design, without having a solid support teamthere to help you.

4. Uptime Guarantee: Who says you can’t guarantee uptime? Expect a lot from your service. It’s all about “uptime and redundancy,” notes Nielsen; furthermore, she encourages to seek a service that can give you “99 percent or more” uptime.

5.  Scalability: It’s not a one-size-fits-all choice; look for a hosting service that is ready to grow with your business by offering “different tiers of service based on the number of expected visitors,” said Dahl.

6. Accessibility: Make sure your hosting service is willing to make the reasonable changes you’re expecting. For example, you might want to create new email accounts. Will they let you do that without a lot of wait time and red tape?

Be sure to get in touch with us for more information on how we can offer your business the best strategy for keeping your web presence up and running and successful.

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