All the Way to The Bank
Hosting All the Way to The Bank
Let's face it, the Internet is here to stay. Today's Internet
reminds me of the California gold rush. There is a ton of moeny
and opportunities to be made by everyone who wishes to participate
in this modern day gold rush. Most people have been drawn to the
Internet, because of the ability to leverage their time and make
money even while they are sleeping. Which makes it an even better
opportunity than the gold rush!
Just like any offline business, an online business requires an
address, or place on the Internet where your Web site is located.
You can't have a Web site and just "stick it up" on the
Internet. Unless you own your own server, you use a hosting company.
A hosting company gives you an online address. This online address
allows the search engines and people seaching for your product or
service the ability to locate your website.
So what is all the confusion about regarding hosting sites. Understanding
a hosting provider's websites is equal to speaking a foreign language.
They are full of numbers and letters and if you do not know what
they are describing, it can be confusing and overwhelming. For example:
there is 50 mg space, and 2 gig data transfer, and front page extensions,
secure servers. What's it all mean?
In my humble opinion you don't have to be a brainiac to have a
great hosting service that serves your needs. You want to be the
recognized expert in your particular field, and let the hosting
company do their job, by providing excellent hosting and service.
All you need to have is a general knowledge about what hosting is.
Let's start from the beginning. Think of a hosting company as the
highway department that allows the traffic, search engines, and
people access to your website. The reason that this is so important
boils down to money in your pocket. You could have the greatest
widget the world has ever seen, and if your site is down, and not
operating, people will buy elsewhere and what good is that?
First things first. Set an expectation that you will find the "perfect"
hosting company. If you search the expectation that your job will
be difficult, then that's what will be your experience. The best
way to find a good hosting company is to ask other site owners and
webmasters who they use. People love to share their knowledge and
you can often pick up many helpful ideas.
Once you find a company that looks promising, see what kind of
customer service they offer. Having a "live" person to
talk to is a HUGE bonus and well worth any additional cost. Talk
to them on the phone, explain what you are doing and ask them if
they can provide what you are looking for. Are they friendly, do
they treat you like a human being, do they make recommendations
without being pushy? Are they able to grow with you, as your business
grows? The answers to these questions will give you a good idea
of how they do business. Now it's up to you to determine if it is
a good fit.
About the Author
The author has been
on the internet for over 10 years and understands the importance
of quality hosting services. Claudette Spedden is enthusiastic about
hosting and is the originator of Fast X Hosting - http://www.fastxhosting.com