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Web hosting: What do I need from hosting service?

There are thousands of web-site hosting companies out there, with thousands of plans to suit everyone. But how do you know which is best for you?

When looking for a hosting plan, there are several factors to consider.

1/Cost: Naturally, you want the best price for your needs – but you don’t want to sacrifice reliability, customer support or uptime for affordability. On the other hand, if you just need a simple site, without big downloads, or a large number of pages and/or email addresses, then there is no point paying for a premium host.

2/ Reliability: This is especially important for e-commerce sites when downtime means thousands of dollars of lost sales. When your website is down, whatever the cause may be, you are losing revenue because your customers cannot reach your site.

Some of the really cheap options don’t have great reliability. They are cheap because you will be sharing a single server with hundreds, maybe thousands, of other users. Reliability cannot be ensured. Not a problem if you just want a website to share photos with friends, or to write a personal blog, but a huge liability if you rely on your website for your business.

3/Features: Some businesses might want heaps of sub-domains; others may need unlimited email addresses. It’s important to work out what your site might need – now and in the future. Also, if you don’t need a particular feature, don’t pay a premium price for it.

4/ Service: Again, if your business relies on your website for sales, then you will probably want – and need – 24/7 customer service in case anything goes wrong.

5/ Type of hosting plan: Most website of small and medium-sized business will do just fine on a shared service. But if you’re business is large, or has special requirements, you might need to consider a dedicated server. Another option is “cloud” hosting, which come somewhere between shared and dedicated in terms of price, and means your website is actually hosted on a number of linked servers.

Direct Sites Online can help with your hosting needs, whether it be virtual hosting or dedicated servers. We can cater to the individual wanting blog hosting with word press installed, to the small to medium businesses and, of course, the large-scale multinational company needing web site hosting with database hosting and more.

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