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Finding the Best Web Hosting Company for Your Business

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As you search for the best Web hosting provider for your online business, you should keep in mind one crucial requirement: your Web hosting company should provide the same levels of service and commitment to quality that you provide to your own customers.

Bear in mind that the best Web hosting provider isn't necessarily the one with costly fees – by comparing packages and features as well as each Web hosting company's commitment to outstanding customer service, you'll discover quickly that some business hosting services offer affordable Web hosting that's also exceptional website hosting.

While everyone's business Web hosting needs vary, there are essentials to insist upon from your potential Web hosting company.

24 x 7  reliability guaranteed

Reliability must be documented. Check the claims the website hosting companies make: do they back them up with facts, figures, and references? Insist upon 99.99% uptime – and make sure the 24/7 availability includes 24/7 customer support.

Plenty of storage capacity and fast data transfer

Does the Web hosting provider offer sufficient storage capacity for all of your business website needs? Videos, photos, catalog pages, illustrations, email, archives and databases can quickly consume large amounts of storage. Make sure that the website hosting company lets you expand your storage capacity quickly and economically: watch out for price "spikes" if your needs grow. Affordable website hosting should be reasonably priced at all levels of service, not just the basic or introductory one. Additionally, fast data transfer capability (communication speed) is a 'must-have' for all of your online business needs.

Email addresses dedicated to your business

The best Web hosting company will understand the value of dedicated email addresses – they identify your business while reinforcing the address of your business website. The Web hosting services you select must include dedicated email addresses with each website hosting package; the larger the package, the more email addresses the business Web hosting company should provide.

Easy and affordable business website updates and redesigns

Whether you build a website yourself, hire a Web designer or arrange for your business Web hosting company to design your website, the Web hosting service should provide rapid turnaround of new designs and updates. You – and your customers – shouldn't have to wait for a Web hosting provider to place new and timely information on your business website.

Security of the very highest level

Your data must be protected by security tools, which should be provided and constantly monitored and upgraded by your business Web hosting company. Even if you're not handling financial transactions on your business website, make sure the Web hosting service you select guarantees the security of your website content, including email.

Easily added extras

Your online business will grow, and your business Web hosting service should make it easy for you not only to add extra storage capacity but also website hosting features that will help increase Web traffic including:

  • Blog hosting
  • Questionnaires and response forms
  • Statistics and analytics to track and report on how customers and visitors use your website and each of its Web pages
  • Advertising and marketing tools and services to help you compete more easily on the web
  • Upgrades to allow you to add ecommerce, shopping carts and transaction processing with the full range of security tools and certificates to establish and reinforce customer confidence

The best Web hosting company for you will take all of these features, services and tools as givens, and provide them as part of affordable web hosting services at every level.