Shopping for a Shared Hosting Company

By: Steven Cancel

Needless to say, the status of today's economy leaves a lot to be desired. Consequently, many people are forced into bargain shopping. Web hosting is definitely no exception. In addition, there seems to be very little differences between web hosting companies, so in many cases, the cheapest provider will win the battle. However, this may be a downfall. There are a number of other factors that one must take into account when searching for a web hosting company.

Similar to other products in the economy, advertisements may be misleading. One of the most important factors to be cautious of is the durability of the website server. For example, if a web host offers the same "cheapest deal on the internet" to thousands of purchasers, each with a high volume of traffic running through the same servers, the quality of service will be significantly lower. The fallout from this is that website visitors will experience longer page loading times, downtimes, and overall poor service. In certain cases, this could affect their experience so much that the visitor will no longer want to visit your site.

Another priority a potential buyer should consider is downtime. No website is perfect, not even the web sites owned by the multi-billion dollar corporations. It is only natural that there should be allowed a slight margin for error. Ideally, any visitor should be able to access a website at any time of the day or night for any purpose. The likelihood of a website going offline is not great, but unfortunately, chances are much greater with a cheaper web server hosting more websites than it is stable for. The cheaper your web host charges for hosting the more websites that host must put on each server to profit from each.

When shopping, a potential buyer must be aware of the worst case scenario situations. The crashing of a hard drive can instantly bring a web site owner to their knees. Any valued information that was stored on a website can potentially be erased without the means of quality system backups. Reliable web hosting companies will be equipped with the adequate resources to recover the damages, but also bring the website back up in a timely manner.

Finally, the best way to keep a website up is to protect it from Spam, worms, and other viruses. Quality companies will safeguard against threats like this, allowing a website to operate without interference because proper data center management and problem prevention is the key to quality web hosting.

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