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Losing Business and Your Current Customers

If you have a website then you realize the importance of good webhosting. Many people are conducting their businesses mainly using websites and other online tools to market, sell and take care of their customers. They need their websites running properly if possible 100% of the time.

Every minute your site is down, you are losing business and your current customers begin to lose faith in you. Your website may be well optimized and ranking extremely well in the search engines but if it is down too often, you will lose all the benefits you have worked so hard to achieve. So when it comes to web hosting services, what should you be looking for?

Like many other services, there are many service providers providing both VPS hosting, cloud hosting and web hosting. It is important to find a service provider who has a good reputation that can be seen mainly through satisfied clients. Your provider does not have to be big but he has to be able to deliver on his promises. You would rather pay a little extra and get good services. Always avoid cheap options because they come with other hidden costs like poor services.

No matter how good a service provider is, you will face some down time. The important thing is to minimize the amount of downtime as much as possible. Find out how the service provider you are considering is performing in terms of up time guarantees. A good service provider will do their very best to make the down time as minimal as possible. When something happens and your website is down, they should do all they can to rectify the situation.

Bandwidth and disk space are very crucial and you do not want to run out of either. A good host should give you enough for your website and advice you when you need to upgrade, usually as your site grows bigger to unlimited bandwidth and disk space. If you are on shared hosting, consider getting VPS hosting or virtual private servers as your site grows. You will get more value this way.

Many people assume that the host will come running should their sites be hacked. This is not necessarily true. A host may charge you extra for such services. You should be careful and ensure that your site is protected so that you do not get hacked. Not only will you site be down, you may lose valuable data.

Hosting services charge differently. Some may charge monthly, quarterly or yearly. A good host should give you the flexibility to choose the payment cycle that works best for you. As a rule, when you are working with a host for the first time, choose the shortest payment cycle offered. This allows you enough room should you not be satisfied with their services. You can easily terminate and move on.

Do you want to succeed in business? Then do not make the mistake of taking your website for granted. Now more than ever before, a website is extremely important as a marketing, branding and selling asset.


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