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  1. 1. The best ways to Get Your Hosting Needs Achieved What is web hosting? A lot of people aren't sure. If they have a website, they may have a vague idea, but if they are starting up a blog or an online business, they usually have no idea what it is. This article offers a number of tips that anyone can use to learn more about website hosting and choose the best hosting solution for them. Read the terms of your contract before subscribing to a web hosting service. You should look for a guarantee that your content will be updated right away when you upload it to your server. Remember that your visitors want up to date content and you will not be able to meet their expectations with a slow hosting service. Switch web hosts if an outage lasts for more than a day. Even if the host explains why the server is down, the most likely reason is that the host did not invest enough into back up plans as far as outages are concerned. Any truly professional web hosts will have ensured that outages will be short and infrequent. You should always back up your data on your own, instead of relying on your web host to protect your information. The more backups you keep of your data, the more protected you will be. Before paying a hosting provider, ask them about their backup services and how much redundancy protection they have available. Make sure that the web host you select has a very high uptime guarantee. Uptime is the percentage of time that a server is online. For instance, if a web host claims that their servers provide 99% uptime, then their servers are online 99% of the time. You don't want to select a web host whose servers do not provide high uptime percentages. This is why uptime is so important when selecting a host. Read the terms of service when dealing with a web host who offers "unlimited" services. Many times web hosts will offer unlimited bandwidth or sometimes hard disk space. Read the terms carefully, as they may reserve the right to ask you to upgrade your plan, if you are a higher profile customer, that has increased usage. Redundancy, redundancy, redundancy. This is a factor you should consider in a quality web host. With your valuable information and business demanding consistent uptime and stability, it is crucial that your host has some level of redundancy in place, such as power, data and even environmental protections. You need to have a good idea of how your investment is being protected. The Price point is not really an indicator of quality in a web host. The variety of options that are available from most web hosts is rather broad, not to mention the efforts to market a business or compete in the market. You can see so much fluctuation in price that you could never pinpoint the best host easily. Research the host, not the price. The host you decide to choose should provide support for all programming languages you are currently utilizing, and plan on using in the future. If you don't have the support you need for the languages that you are currently using, you cannot properly launch the website. Additionally, you may decide to apply a new language later, and if it is not supported, this could cause problems. It can be very tedious to switch web hosts.
  2. 2. Make sure you understand how much bandwidth you are allowed to use for website hosting. Even if you have a http://rachelrobinson1986.blogspot.com/ lot of http://webdesign.about.com/ space available to store your site, you will need a sufficient amount of bandwidth to allow people to load your site quickly and to increase your traffic. Stay away from a web host that overcharges you if you exceed your allowed bandwidth. Choose a web host that does not require you to sign a 12-month contract or charge a cancellation fee. You need the flexibility to change to another web host if you find that your current host is not working out for you. A month-to-month arrangement is usually better for the first year or two of your hosting. A good gauge for the dependability of a web page hosting company, is the number of legitimate awards they have received. This is a fantastic way to determine the quality of the service and support that you will receive from the web host. Although stuff like this can easily be faked, a lot of sites garner their awards on the up-and-up through people who have used their service and then cast a vote. Look for hosts that have won awards that were awarded based upon customer votes; these are your best bet. Whatever programming language you use now, and that which you think shall be used in the future, should be fully supported by the web host you are considering. You simply cannot create a streamlined user experience with insufficient support for your content. Also, you want to know any languages you intend to use in the future because you want to ensure that your hosting company will be able to support you down the road as your site grows. Switching web hosts can be extremely tedious. Be wary of web hosts with a price that seems too good to be true. Cheap companies are often cheap for a good reason! If they don't have a sound business, their shortfalls can cause you problems with your website. One of the newest and most innovative means of hosting sites and information is through cloud computing. This option is suitable for organizations of all different sizes, and is especially appealing to any company that wishes to secure reliable hosting at a reasonable price. For this reason, cloud computing is also ideal for businesses that have been hit hard by economic downturns. Be aware that many hosting providers are actually reservers. They do not actually own their own their web servers, so beware. You may experience delayed times for fixing problems or customer service requests. You can often get the exact same service directly from the company that they are leasing space from, so ask who that company is.
  3. 3. If you are going to upload a lot of information, pay attention to the uploading method of the website hosting service that you want to use. You might need to secure FTP server access. Alternately, at the very minimum, you will need access to an online manager. The web design on a web hosting provider's website is a quick and easy indication of the quality of the provider. If the website is poorly designed, it can indicate a company that isn't planning on being around for the long haul, or doesn't have enough clients to justify having a professional-looking website. Simply move on to a different provider if their website is not up to professional standards. Now you understand what it really means to host a website, so you can pay attention to these small details that you may have overlooked normally. It's always great to know what goes on behind the curtain. That's really all there is to it. Reliable web hosting is a critical element of your online business plan, so don't be afraid of switching around if necessary, to find a more reliable hosting service that provides quality service 24/7. Follow the information in this article and you will surely find a web hosting provider that fits all of your needs.