Monday, November 19, 2018

Is Your Web Host Your Friend? 8 Ways to Find Out

Your Web Hosting Provider Is Your Online Partner.

The web hosting company you choose to store your web site and provide access to the world wide web SHOULD be your friend - your business partner. In fact, your web host SHOULD put your interests first. After all, if your web business soars to success, your web host shares in that success with a stable client base.

If you're hitting a home run with your URL, you aren't going anywhere. You'll stick with the host, the keywords, the site architecture - you won't want to change. You're a web success so don't rock the boat.

Ah, but how do you know if your web host is truly your friend or just a service provider that charges your business credit card every three months. It's not always easy to tell, but you can tell a lot by looking around a little before you sign up.

1. How long has the hosting company been around?

Look for a long history of web-based success. Look for a company that's been delivering hosting services for more than 10 years and has management in place to handle an expanding client base efficiently.

A provider that looks after its clients sticks around and a company management with years of experience knows how to treat clients. They even know how to help clients achieve web success - something good for the client and good for the host - a win-win.

And good management knows that.

2. Does the web host kick you to more expensive pricing tier to get more disk space?

You rent disk space from your provider. Most hosts have pricing tiers based on the amount of disk space you take up on the server ( a server is nothing more than a big ol' hard drive that has a bunch of web sites stored on it) and what "features" you're willing to pay for.

Some hosts think it's unfair to force you to pay more for space and features that you don't need or intend to use. So, many top hosts have created a system that allows you to grow at your own pace without paying for a few more gigabytes that you won't use, even though you're paying an extra $50 a year for that dead zone.

Instead, buy space a gig at a time. And when it IS time to move up big time, you move to the next tier and actually save money. A good web host knows what's good for web site owners, and these hosts customize their services to suit you, not the other way around.

So grow fast. Grow slow. A good provider will work with you every step of the way. The less-friendly providers don't do this. You want more disk space, you move up to the next pricing tier, whether you need all that extra space or not. In other words, you're wasting cash and when you've got a "penny jar" budget, every penny counts.

3. Does your web host offer free SSL security?

If you're selling products or services, or if you're collecting sensitive customer data (like credit card numbers) you need a secure web site - one that sends and receives data that's encrypted so hackers can't steal it and use it to buy and sell stolen stuff bought on the web.

A web host that DOESN'T much care about the success of your business will make you obtain your own SSL certification to create a secure web site capable of taking and keeping secure sensitive client data. And that costs money.

On the other hand, a web host that's rooting for your success helps you achieve that success by letting you piggyback on their SSL certification. Your server is secure so your site is secure, thanks to a friendly web host and a pro-active partner in your success.

4. Does your web host require you to sign a long-term contract?

That tells you something right there. These companies want to lock you in for three months, six months, a year, knowing that you might not hit that home run. Even so, you'll be paying those hosting fees for the full term of the contract.

If your web host is your friend - a partner that delivers value - there's no need for a long-term contract. No need for any contract at all. Buy your server space and your features a month at a time. As you grow, you can add more space. Or, if you move on to something else, a client centric host isn't going to FORCE you to keep paying for services you no longer need.

What kind of friend is that?

5. Real People Helping Real People

If you're just starting out in the web world and launching your first e-venture, wouldn't it be nice to have someone you could call with questions? Someone with endless patience? Someone who recognizes that your web success is the basis of the web host's success?

And you want access to that friend, or a friendly, helpful sub, 24/7. You want someone to explain how to install a blog or to walk you through installing a secure checkout - one-step-at-a-time, even if it takes all night. (it won't.)

A provider that wants to be friends offers that level of service for as little as seven bucks a month! Web hosts that are less "friendly" limit access to certain hours, they make you pay for the call and some don't even have telephone customer or tech support. If you have a question or problem, you have to drop the web hosting company an e-mail and they'll get back to you as soon as possible. In the meantime, your web site isn't getting built and your waiting for a long-distance email response from tech support - and guaranteed, 50% of the time the email answer doesn't solve the problem.

Do a little research before you register your web site domain name and sign a long-term contract. Any new venture is a risk so work with a company that puts you first, answers questions (even the really stupid ones), provides downloadable guides to help you build and manage a quality web site.

Is your provider your friend? Well, not if they nickel-and-dime you to death. Not if they sell your email address to every "blue pill" pharmacy west of Beijing. Not if they lock you into a contract for a year.

With friends like these, who needs enemies?

6. Everything You Need

A good friend will give you what you need to achieve your objectives.

Some web hosts rent you some disk space and leave the rest up to you. Other, friendlier web hosts, provide a tool box that's filled with free apps and services:

    web site building software
    1000s of customizable site templates so (1) you don't have to know diddly about programming and (2) because these templates are customizable, they don't look like cookie cutter web sites
    free shopping cart and checkout
    free payment gateways
    free blog modules, forum mods and bulletin boards so you create the exact web site to suit the needs of your visitors and your needs.
    security and a ton of it. A friendly web host wants to protect your sensitive client data as much as you do
    100% up time because when your server is down your business is down. Not very friendly.

7. Would a good friend leave you high and dry?

There are lots of web hosts from which to choose. Some are host resellers who buy disk space at wholesale and sell it at retail. So you don't REALLY know who's hosting your site.

Some of these less-than-best-friends are in the business of collecting client data and splitting for the coast. You log on to your site one morning and it's gone. For good.

In the middle of the night, while you were sleeping, your friendly web host closed up shop took down the server and now has all of your client data that they can sell on hacker sites.

Happens all the time. A quality host is here today, here tomorrow and here for years to come. Now that's a good friend.

8. Does your friendly web host put you first in all things?

This is a question of corporate culture. There are web hosts who are in it for the short term (see #7) and web hosts who recognize that your success is the basis for the web hosting company's success so you always come first.

These web hosts deliver quality services, 100% uptime, a toll-free number and a human to help you with questions. These hosts provide all the tools you need to build a web site and the human touch - a person to walk you through the process - even if it takes hours (it never does when you have knowledgeable techies and customer support personnel who are empowered by company management to fix things so you're happy.)

It starts at the top with a client-centric view of business growth - your business growth and the business growth of the hosting service. It's built into the corporate culture. It's simply the way the web host does business.

So, before you start your on-line businesses, do the research, the legwork, the heavy lifting to find a web host that's going to be your friend and partner in the week, months and years ahead.

Those companies are out there. In fact, you're on a friendly, green web hosting site right now. So look around at Green Host It. You'll quickly discover that everything we do is about YOUR success. Why?

Because our success depends on your success. So let's be friends and build an on-line business together.

A good provider is your on-line friend for life.


Ms. Rosendahl has over 19 years experience in systems analysis, hosted applications, and management as well as 13 years experience in web hosting and Internet marketing. Ms. Rosendahl has a Bachelors from Houston Baptist University with a double major in Computer Information Systems and Business Management. Stephanie is the founder and CEO of Austin, Texas firm - GreenHostIt.com green web hosting. [http://www.greenhostit.com/]



By: Stephanie Rosendahl

Saturday, October 13, 2018

How to Find a Good Web Host?

Usually when someone contacts me online, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is this: "How do I find a good web host?" or "Which web host do you use?"

This is one of those essential things you will need in order to earn that online income. You will need a web site and you will need a web host; somewhere to place that web site.

Sure there are countless marketers who work without a site but most have at least one main site which acts as their online calling card; where people can find them on the web. Of course, you can always use the social networks like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter... but that's like operating your office out of Starbucks!

Instead, a well designed site is just more professional and business like. It also means you're serious about your online business.

Picking a good web host is not easy. I have had numerous different web hosts over the years. Most of them have been very good and served their purpose, but I have had some bad experiences too -what long term webmaster or marketer hasn't? Something always goes wrong eventually, especially if you have a lot of sites and many different web hosts.

Sometimes having a web host can be downright scary. Several years ago, the web host that I had my main site on was first sold and then went bankrupt. One day your site is running fine and the next day the web host is completely gone. Shut down. Your site and all your files completely gone. Vanished. Your host can't be reached. Total blackout!

Fortunately, I had my site backed up on several systems and since that experience I always back my sites up on several computers and I go even further by copying them onto DVDs should those computers crash. If you have a site, I always suggest you back up your site files and make it redundant. The very worst can happen to you.

Overall quality and good 24/7 support should be your first objectives in choosing a good web host. You want a site that's fast, easy to use, rarely down and has good support that you can reach at all times, should something go wrong.

You need to check exactly what features your web host is offering and for what price:

- How much storage space?
- Daily traffic limit or transfer?
- Email system? How many accounts...
- What type of server Linux or Windows?
- How many other sites will be sharing your IP address?
- Do You need SSL or a secure site?
- Are sites/files backed up? How often?
- What are the support hours?
- And of course the Price?

But don't always try to get the cheapest price hosting, keep in mind, you always get what you pay for. A cheap web host won't save you money if it's a poor service and your site is always going down. So don't always pick the cheapest web host.

Match up your hosting service with the type of site you will be running; a simple HTML site will have or make simple demands on your hosting service. So a shared hosting service may be quite adequate to meet your hosting needs. For SEO reasons, you should always check the location of your site, I have found which country your site is hosted in, plays a role in your rankings, especially in Google.

However, if you have a site that's extremely interactive with forums, discussion groups, get large bursts of traffic or you're running a lot of server-side scripts and programs; then you may need a more robust hosting service to meet your needs.

In this case, you might need a dedicated server to handle just your site. Many web hosts offer this service and it's worth looking into if you have a site with extreme amounts of traffic or if you're running forums, affiliate programs, email services... from your site. Most of my own sites are very simple and I have them on many different web hosts. Mainly because of my own experiences, I just don't want to have all my sites on one host... the old "don't put all your eggs in one basket" reasoning.

At the moment I am quite pleased with all my web hosts... many of my sites are on GoDaddy and I find them OK for simple sites like mine. I also find it convenient because they are also a domain registry so I can easily use them to buy my domains. Although many experts suggest you should always keep your domain registration separate from your hosting service because if your host should suddenly vanish, it is only a simple matter of moving your site to a different host. If your host controls your domain, this can be a major problem. Always keep control of your domain in your own hands, but you probably already knew that.

Another web host I use is Bluehost which is very good, can't remember the last time my site was down. They are very popular with around a million sites and my only concern is that they may become too popular and their services will be spread too thin. However, I have had very few problems with them and you can always reach their support.

I also have a site with Ken Evoy's SBI (Site Build It), but I created that one mainly to get access to the enormous resources connected with SBI. It is slightly more expensive than some of the ones listed above, but SBI is an overall online marketing system that in my opinion can't be equaled on the web. Well, perhaps the Warriors group could give them a run for their money, but it's the community of like-minded webmasters with SBI which makes it special. They are always ready and willing to help you out, doesn't matter if you're an experienced pro or a complete newcomer. Several years ago, I took a very close first-hand look at the hosting service provided by SBI. You can find my opinions/review on SBI located in the resource box below.

There are countless web hosts you can choose from when picking a web host. But do your homework, check around to the different forums and see how everyone is rating the web hosts they are using. First-hand experiences are the best judge of whether or not a web host is good and reliable.

Although moving a site from one web host to another can be a real pain, especially if you have a large scale site, but if you're not totally satisfied with a web host and are having serious problems -- simply change your hosting. Just make sure you're not going from bad to worst.

Still, finding a good quality web host will be a major chore, no matter how you look at it.

Perhaps, in the final analysis, nothing beats checking with your friends and fellow webmasters you trust. Ask them which hosts they're using and if they're satisfied with it. Nothing beats first-hand experiences when it comes to choosing a web host. Just make sure you're comparing oranges to oranges, that is: make sure you have similar site requirements as your webmaster friends. If you both have similar type sites, then finding a good quality web host can be as easy as having a friendly chat over a cup of coffee.


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The author is a full-time professional online marketer who has numerous niche websites. Here's a review of Ken Evoy's popular marketing/hosting system: Site Build It Review [http://www.bizwaremagic.com/site_build_it_review.htm]
For the latest web marketing tools try: Internet Marketing Tools [http://www.marketingtoolguide.com/]
Copyright © 2009 Titus Hoskins. This article may be freely distributed if this resource box stays attached.



By: Titus Hoskins