Four Things to Look for in a Web Hosting Company

The Internet is essential for a successful business. If you do not have a website, it is important for you to get one, even if your business is owned and operated solely by you. On the other hand, you might already have a website but have found that it isn’t working well. In either case, you need a good web hosting company. There are many aspects that you should look for when searching for a company to host your website. Following are four things to look for to help you find the best web hosting provider for your particular needs:

  • Reliability
  • Speed
  • Bandwidth
  • Technical Support

When you have a website, you want it available to the public all the time. Perhaps the most important element of any hosting company is to find out how reliable their service is. It is common in the industry to expect that your website will be up and functioning more than 99.5% of the time. Look for a company that will give you a guarantee about their reliability and one that others have had success with.

Closely connected to reliability is the speed at which your website is delivered to those who try to access it. If your website comes up slow, they will get frustrated, leave it, and go to the next site on the list. Be aware, however, that when your site loads large files such as large pictures, videos, or music, it will take a longer amount of time to load.

When someone talks about bandwidth, they are referring to the speed at which your data will transfer–how fast will data upload and how fast will it download. If you want a lot of bandwidth, you will have to pay for it. Don’t let this scare you, though. Typically speaking, new websites that do not play videos or music use less than 3 GB each month. Therefore, you might not need all the bandwidth that is marketed to you.

Technical Support
You should look for a company that offers technical support every day of the year, including weekends and holidays. Just because there is a public holiday doesn’t mean that people don’t access the Internet on those days. The best web hosting companies are able to keep a website working no matter what day it is.


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  1. Dorothyl says:

    Hello Lady Java…

    It is nice to see you in the networking world again. I have always enjoyed your tips and information and look forward to even more.

    Oh yes Bandwidth… something many bloggers seem to take for granted. It is always wise to know as much as possible about using your computer as possible~

    I have learned a lot from reading your articles and have seen your designs numerous times across my networking travels. Keep up the amazing work!
    My recent post ~Connection~

    • LadyJava says:

      Hello Dorothy!

      Nice to see you again!

      Yes many of us take bandwidth for granted until our website or blog turns out white one day! Yikes!

      Thanks for your compliments.. Come again some time :)

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