Friday, February 1, 2008

The ABC's of Online Web Hosting - What You Need to Know Before Selecting a Host!

by Joe Arieno

When selecting a web hosting service, there is more to consider than just price alone. A web hosting service can often provide benefits such as guaranteed uptime and customer service support as well as amazing tracking tools that help you grow your business.

When choosing a web hosting service provider, go back to the basics. Follow the ABC's of finding a good web hosting service and you will reap the benefits for years to come.

A - Advertising -
Depending on the type of web hosting service you select, you may be required to place advertisements on your site. To build a respectable web presence, choose a web hosting service that will not require advertisements on your site. These ads distract consumers and cause traffic to be redirected away from your webpage.

B - Business Knowledge -
Many web hosting services offer sophisticated software to help you analyze your online business. This software is invaluable as it often provides the only real read you have on whether your online marketing is working. Look for software that tells you how many total visitors and unique visitors you have. You can also find out how many times people are clicking on the different links within your site and how they found your site to begin with.

C - Competitive Pricing -
While pricing is not the only factor to consider, it should definitely be mentioned. When selecting a web hosting service provider, ask what is included in the cost. You will often find that different companies will offer different packages, so you need to find the one that best meets your needs. And remember the old adage - you get what you pay for. If a deal seems too good to be true, then watch out, because it just might be.

D - Domain Name Usage -
When selecting a web hosting provider, choose one that will allow you to use your own domain name instead of being required to use a subdomain of their domain name. People will be confused and not able to find your site if the web address is not intuitive and unique.

E - Email Accounts -
Many web hosting packages provide you with a certain number of email accounts included in the package. Take stock of what you will need for email accounts and make sure to get enough. For example, even if it is a one person business, it often makes sense to have several different email accounts to seem more official. Some example emails you might want include:,,, and

F - FTP Access -
Unless you want either a cookie cutter site or a custom site that takes the web designer forever to upload to the server, you will definitely need FTP access as part of your web hosting service package. FTP access allows your webmaster to upload unique sites and make changes in a more efficient manner, which will save you money in the long run since you will pay less for the time it takes to upload your website.

G - Guaranteed Uptime -
Last, but certainly not least, is guaranteed uptime. While no web hosting provider can guarantee 100% uptime, look for one that has multiple servers and 24-7 support so that you are guaranteed as much uptime as possible. If a server goes down in the middle of the night, you don't want your website traffic to have to wait until the next business day in order to be able to view your site.

About the Author

This article was written by Joe Arieno CEO of If you enjoyed the article you have just read he encourages you to learn more at & when your ready he can show you the ropes to signing to a professional web host that will suit your needs!