A web hosting guide can assist you in comparing the services being offered by different hosting companies. This is a significant benefit as you won’t have to visit various sites in order to obtain details. You can log on to a single site and compare services by bandwidth, price or disk space.
Nevertheless, before you visit a web guide you will need to define what your needs are. For example, do you need one GB of space or 10 GB? And what is the likely data transfer per month? Would you prefer a Unix environment or a Windows server?
You will also need to decide what the additional services needed are, such as e-mail aliases, URL redirects, FTP access, FTP accounts, web control panel, sub-domains, auto responders, etc. Try to consider your need for support, promotional aid, shopping cart, chat, etc. If you must, you might ask the help of a professional in order to make these details final.
Once you have established what your needs are, you can start searching for a hosting service. You can use one of the more popular search engines, such as Google or Yahoo in order to find a web guide which is suitable.
Log on to the site and try to compare the different packages, and decide which packages or bundled services meet your needs best. In the best possible case, you should seek a hosting service that is situated close to your office. You can then drive across and meet the company representatives and check all the offered facilities. You can also check if they are the actual owners or if they are reselling services on behalf of others.
Check and make comparison for the hardware specifications being offered by the hosting services. Try to cancel the hosting services that don’t meet your needs and send the remaining hosts all the questions you might have. The questions you ask might not be so important, but they will give you a good idea about how prompt the hosts are in answering all your queries. This will then become a useful benchmark to you and you will be able to reject those who did not answer in time.
At last you will need to test connectivity. Try to visit a few sites hosted on the servers of companies that you have short listed. Check the download speeds. Cancel ones that take too long to open. Then make a final comparison and choose the one that serves your needs in the best way.
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