Mistakes to Aviod While Choosing a Web Host
3 Mistakes to Avoid While Choosing a Web Host
Choosing a web host is the first vital step you'll take toward
having your own website. Your web host will provide space on the
Internet for your site so that the whole world can view it. But,
choosing a web host is not as easy as it may seem.
There are a few mistakes to avoid while choosing your host. I'd
like to share these with you below, and explain why it's important
to avoid these mistakes at all costs - especially if you wish to
start an online business.
3 Mistakes to Avoid
1. Free Web Space - Remember seeing all those
ads that mention "free web space"? Please avoid participating
in these services. In most cases, the reason it's free is because
the company will place advertisements for other websites all over
your web page. This defeats the entire purpose of having "your
own" web business.
Why should you have to give your potential customers away? Shouldn't
you be able to keep the visitors that you have paid to receive through
your own ad campaigns?
With "free web space" sites, you'll give away more business
than it would cost you to get your own domain and hosting service.
It's not worth it.
2. Limited hosting - Avoid hosting packages that
will not allow you to add order forms, statistics, or multiple email
accounts to your website. These are necessary tools for any webmaster
who desires to open an online business.
It's best to choose a hosting service that offers many options
- Multiple POP Email Accounts
- Dedicated Hosting
- Secure Servers
- Web Usage Statistics
- Web Space Allocation (you can get how much web space you'll need)
- URL Redirection
These are just a few "necessary" services to look for
when choosing a web host for your new website.
3. Low Cost Hosting - Watch out for very low cost
hosting packages (i.e. $2.50 per month). They usually require something
in return, which can take away profits from your online business.
I must admit that it does sound appealing to sign up for free or
very low cost hosting, but count the costs before signing up...
- Each time an advertisement banner is placed on your website,
it's designed to get your visitor to click out of your website
and go some place else. Most free or low cost web hosting services
place these banners at the very top of your web page - giving
the visitor an opportunity to click out of your site before getting
to the first words of your presentation.
- One complaint that comes to mind about a free hosting service
was that the company's server became overcrowded and the customer
could not get their website to come up 50% of the time. When this
happens, your business is closed - and you have no control over
One final point about hosting before closing. If you get your own
domain name, and your own hosting, your visitors will have more
confidence in your site, and will be more willing to buy your products
Search for a web host that offers fabulous service, affordable
rates, and everything you'll need for your online business. You'll
be glad you did!
About the author: Candice Pardue, editor
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