Look for different reviews on a web hosting service. If you know any webmasters personally, ask them which service they use and how much they pay. Compare different sources and look for reviews written by people who have a site similar to the kind of project you are working on.
You should avoid any downtime when switching to a new host. You can do this by keeping your old account and uploading your site to a new one. Change your DNS settings once your site is successfully uploaded to the new server so your domain name redirects to the new server once everything is ready.
No matter how reliable your web hosting may be, it is very wise to regularly back up your site on your own PC or some other source. Even if your web host tells you that your data is safe or that they have backed it up, do not depend on this. The company could go bankrupt, among other problems and your data is too important to risk losing.
While you should definitely try to obtain the most cost effective web hosting package that you can find, the one area that you should absolutely not sacrifice in is reliability. The success of your website will depend on the reliability of your web host. Your website cannot be successful while it is offline! In fact, even your most loyal visitors will eventually stop coming to your website if it is frequently offline. Although it might be slightly more expensive, the comfort of knowing that you can depend on your web host will be well worth it.
Consider setting up your own web server. If you are only running a small website, you should be award of the fact that just about any computer can be turned into a web server. Obviously you need to leave the computer running the web server switched on all the time. However, if electricity is cheap in your country, running your own web server could be cheaper than paying for a web hosting provider.
There’s no question that cheap web hosting can be a help in terms of controlling business costs. But how cheap is it really, when it’s unreliable and costs you money in lost sales? Look for a web hosting company that provides reliable, quality service using these tips, and you will truly save money and have a better experience all around.
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