Any pointers on how to go about choosing a good web host?
 by Casey Markee

Any pointers on how to go about choosing a good web host?

  • My firm needs to find a new hosting company for our website and we are overwhelmed by the number of companies out there offering this service. Do you have any suggestions on what constitutes a good, reliable host and what we should really be looking for?

Answer: Our congratulations on actually doing some research on a topic that many companies today still take for granted. Choosing your host based on only the monthly fee is a great way to ensure you'll have problems down the road. Unfortunately, it's also the most popular metric used by most (amateur) companies to choose their hosting provider.

In our opinion all good, reliable, quality hosts share the following minimum requirements:

  • First-rate phone support and 24x7 customer service.
  • Track record of providing reliable service.
  • Resources available for server needs (PHP/MySQL/etc...)
  • Very low amount of downtime over a long time span.
  • Availability of unique IP addresses.
  • Packages that fit the budget for the project.
  • Secure Server (SSL) encrypted website protection.
  • Serious junk mail Filtering and virus protection at the server level.
  • Personalized control of your plan through an account center.
  • Access to detailed web stat analyzer tools on your site traffic.

We've worked with a lot of great hosts over the years. Some of the hosts offering plans online that share all the above characteristics include:

Certainly there are others we may not know about but this list should get you started. Just remember to do your research and look for the host that has your best interests at heart. And remember, the best host for you may not b...

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