How to Choose a Web Host for Your Business


A web hosting service is essential for any business as it ensures that the website is visible to the consumers. It also makes it easy for the business to update their websites as and when needed. A good web host provider will provide many useful features to the businesses that want online exposure. For any organisation that wants to go digital it is very essential to get hold of a top web host service provider. Here's how to choose a web host for your business:

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Be aware of your web hosting needs

One should be aware of the hosting needs before choosing the right web host provider. You should be aware of the kind of website you are building, whether the website needs special version of any software and if any windows application is needed.

Also you should keep in mind about your requirement regarding applications and the web traffic volume you expect.

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Support uptime record

You should pick a web host provider that operates 24x7. It should be able to operate on a powerful server having stable network connections. The recommended uptime score is 99.5% and you should not go beyond anything below 99%.

Ability to add on multiple domains

Nowadays, domain names are very cheap and many companies have more than one domain name. Extra hosting space is required to add these domains. Go for a provider that allows adding multiple domains. Generally most web host providers allow you to add 25 domain names onto one account. 

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Go for a trial period if possible

I always recommend a trial period, it lets you see if the hosting service is good. So don't tie yourself into long contracts. Look for flexibility in cancellation if you don't like the service. 

Is ecommerce part of your website?

If your business involves an ecommerce portal, you should go for web service providers that have enough features to support your ecommerce. Look for web service providers that have features like dedicated IP, SSL certification or one-click shopping software features.

Check the renewal prices

Any kind of hosting deals involves cheap sign up prices but the renewal costs can be higher. Unless you are willing to switch hosting service often (and that is a pain point believe me!), then before selecting any particular web hosting service just check the renewal price of that service.

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Other factors you might want to consider

Such factors might include

  • whether the hosting company provides 24x7 live chat support
  • how easy is the hosting control panel to use?
  • payment facilities to suit your cash flow
  • how environmentally friendly they are
  • reviews and feedback from their other customers

Take your time before choosing as it is harder to switch once your site is up but also remember, if you need to switch to save money then you should, so an annual price check on hosting costs is a wise thing to do. 

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