Almost everyone owns their own domain now days, and if they don't they need to get out and see the light. Websites are what makes the Internet work and also what makes it profitable. More and more businesses are seeking the Internet as a way to get more exposure and create more sales of their product. To get a Website you have to consult with a hosting company. I personally prefer using Hostgator, but there are also other services available. There are a few main things that I find important to consider when going through the Internet to find a hosting company. Today I'm going to discuss some of those things with you.

The first thing that you should try to get from your hosting company is unlimited bandwidth, unlimited diskspace and unlimited domains. If a company isn't providing this for a good price ( $10 a month at the most) then they're probably not the right company for you. Bandwidth, domain hosting and diskspace are both cheap now days, so if they're charging you hundreds of dollars for these three basic things than I recommend looking at a different company.

Another important characteristic of a web hosting company should be their costumer service. Unfortunately, geeks traditionally aren't very good at socializing, meaning that it can sometimes be a little difficult to find a company with qualified costumer service. With that said though, that's not an excuse, and there are plenty of other companies that provide excellent costumer service. Things that the company should post on their Website which must be readily available is a toll free number, an email, and even a chat interface. They should also have a forum or a FAQ posted on their Website somewhere. There is absolutely no excuse for poor costumer service, so make sure that the company you choose is reputable when it comes to this.

Easy access to applications, content management systems and Website builders should also be available to the costumer. Although this isn't a must have, it is still something that will make your experience much easier. For example, Hostgator has an easy one click install of Wordpress. This is really nice to have, as you don't need to download an FTP uploader and spend unnecessary time uploading Wordpress files. Especially if you're new at creating websites, one click installation is a real nice feature to have. If the hosting company you've chosen is unable to do this they should at least offer a free Website building tool. Godaddy, Bluehost and Hostgator all offer this feature. If your company doesn't offer this feature you can download a free copy of Kompozer. Kompozer is a really easy to use design tool that allows you to create and publish basic websites.

Finally, the hosting company you choose should have a 99.9 percent up time guarantee. If they do not offer this basic assurance than they don't deserve your business. Technology has advanced to far for a company not to have this pledge. It will really ruin your day if your Website goes down simply because your hosting provider was unable to keep their servers going.

Here, in point form, are some other things that you may or may not want with your hosting company.

- Hosting should be affordable. No more than ten bucks should be accepted for a basic hosting package.
- MySQL, SSH, SSL, IMAP, and POP should all be included within your plan.
- Watch out for sneaky contracts or hidden fees.
- Companies shouldn't be charging for an initial setup fee anymore.

I hope these tips I've given you will prove to be helpful. There are many incentives that hosting companies might throw at you such as a free blog setup service or Internet marketing assistance. It will be up to you whether you will need these extras or not.

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Comment by Eric Heavilin on December 24, 2009 at 3:07am
Bradley,

I agree with you about this stuff. I'm currently with ezwebhosting.com and have had an enjoyable experience with a few downlfalls. Nothing major but I'm always looking around for alternatives just to keep myself in the loop.

I've heard a lot of good things about HostGator and I know that my host offers one click instillation of WordPress but for some reason it's not that easy for me. I'm not technically stupid but I think the host has something to do with it - another downfall.

Above all, you're right, make sure you don't pay too much for a host and make your that the host you choose offers most of this stuff including and especially a 99.99 uptime guarantee.

Eric
www.bluepop13.com

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