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A Brief (But Full) Look At Web Hosting

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If all web hosts out there were like IX Web Hosting or, say, StartLogic, there would be little need for articles such as this. The novice webmaster could hardly fail when it came to picking a quality web host provider. Each one would give him or her the sound reliability and price value they should. However, this is not the case. For every StartLogic, there are fifteen web host providers that should have never been given a computer, much less a license to sell web space. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the facets of web hosting and what to look for in a quality provider. Of course, your first step should be to read some independent reviews of web hosting companies and see what others are saying. Nothing speaks louder than a critic who’s tried the services.

Creating Your Web Site

If you’re new to the web and have little or no experience with HTML, this is one of the first things you’ll want to look for in your web hosting provider. What do they offer in terms of helping you create your content. If you’ve taken courses in HTML and C++ and all the rest, you may not really care. You may be able to take any place of blank webspace and turn it into a masterpiece of your own creativity and design. If you’re like most burgeoning warriors of the web, however, you wouldn’t know HTML from a hole in the ground. And the need for it grows less and less the further along we go. Most good web hosting providers can either provide you with, or point you in the direction of, a good WYSIWYG editor that allows you to build a quality web page without knowing a bunch of technical mumbo jumbo. But make sure you ask for this information before signing up.

Long Term Contracts

Long term contracts typically favor the company, and not you. Even if you get an amazing deal for signing up, it’s best (in most cases) to just say no. This wouldn’t seem to make sense on the surface, but you have to protect yourself. This is especially true if you’re using a new web hosting company for the first time. All the reviews and word of mouth may not mean a thing when compared to your own personal experience. What is great for one person may be terrible for another. If you’re locked into a long term deal, you’ll have no chance to change your mind. Always reserve that right.

Customer Support

Customer support is the most important service a web hosting company can offer. Don’t take that leap until you’re sure the company you’re going with provides it. Usually you can get clues to this by reading reviews and message board forums. You can also test it yourself by emailing the company and seeing how long it takes for them to get back to you. Customer support is what you’ll need if your website goes in the fritz. The longer it stays down, the more traffic you’re losing. Don’t let your web host company keep your website from living up to it’s potential.

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