The Internet has revolutionised the way people communicate, shop and entertain themselves. The increase in demand has forced most businesses to open online portals that allow consumers to access products and services via the web. While large corporations with millions of dollars at their disposal can hire computer programmers and networking professionals to launch and maintain their website, most small and mid-sized companies rely on web hosting services.
Website hosting companies essentially offer a user-friendly portal that allows you to choose and register a domain name for your website. You pay a nominal annual fee to retain the domain name each year. The company will also upload your website on a networking server and make it accessible to everyone on the Internet. Many web hosting companies provide open source tools that allow the subscribers to design their own websites. Some companies offer custom website designs and search-engine friendly content as well.
There are thousands of website hosting companies across the globe. In fact, the choice can be overwhelming to most consumers. Important criteria for selection include:
Hosting features — Check the bandwidth, web space, CPU and PHP limits offered by the provider. Make sure they meet your needs and allow your website to grow with your business.
Technical support — Choose a website hosting service provider who offers technical support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Once you start working on the website, you may need help with everything from creating email accounts to uploading new information on the website.
Price — Price can be an important determining factor, especially for a small business owner. You may be tempted to choose a free web hosting company. It is, however, important to remember that such companies publish ads on your website which may seem unprofessional. Most of them do not offer any technical support as well. While it is prudent to compare the prices of various providers before signing up for a service, do not compromise on quality.
Customer feedback — Read reviews from other consumers and learn from their experiences before signing up for a website hosting service.
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