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Your web site connects the prospect of your business. Imagine that when you stumble onto a host that are often down periodically each month, run slowly, or have other problems. When your site is down, or is sluggish and unresponsive, you loses your customers. It's as simple as that.

However, choosing a good hosting service shouldn't be a headache. Always consider the following when shopping for a new hosting service or evaluating your existing host

Specialization of Server

Choose a service that focus mainly on web hosting service. Since, there are no dial-up users connecting their banks of modems and consuming bandwidth resources, 100% of their bandwidth is reserved for web server access.

Connectivity of Hosting

A small host may have just one or two T1 lines. If their long distance carrier crashes (which seems to happen quite often in this business), your web site is dead in the water until they come back up. Therefore if a hosting service has only some T1 lines, and no T3 lines, then they are probably not very large provider. The larger or smarter hosts are set up on multiple long distance carriers so service can be switched (often automatically) to another carrier when one fails.

Speed of Server

Web Hosting companies connect to the Internet through T1, T3, and less frequently, OC (Optical Carrier) lines. These lines are the fastest network connections available today - T1 transfer data at a rate of 1.5 Mbps, T2 at a rate of 43 Mbps (30 times faster than T1), and OC at a rate of 155 Mbps (100 times faster than T1).

Web Server Reliability

Choose a provider offering a guarantee that your web site will be open for business at least 99% of the time. The larger hosts have keep an inventory of spare parts, spare servers, redundant routers, etc., so they can meet that 99% uptime guarantee.

Web Server Bandwidth Monitoring

Be cautious of the host services that put no limits on the bandwidth per month. These kinds of services can get burned by high traffic sites overloading their servers at no additional charge. If they aren't charging for the extra bandwidth, they can't afford to upgrade their equipment as activity rises. Therefore, your site may suffer from lower performance since it shares space with these other sites.

Features Support

Make sure they support the features you need or may want in the near future, such as Frontpage support, CGI script support, etc. If you are a novice to the web, going with a Frontpage compatible hosting service may be the easiest. Frontpage has built-in functions (or "bots") to perform tasks you'd otherwise have to implement a complicate script to accomplish.

Money Back Guarantee Policy

Ensure that they have a money-back guarantee policy. If they don't you can bet there is a reason they don't have one.

Be Wary Of Free Hosting Services

Normally these hosts will overload their servers to make up for the free services thereby slowing performance. Your customers will definitely not tolerate waiting long for a page to load.

In addition, these free services will display banner ads at the top of your site. This causes your visitors to click away somewhere else because they saw an interesting banner. This costs you money even though you may not realize it.

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