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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Choosing The Best Web Hosting Companies

As you would know that MyBrainStock believes strongly in promoting entrepreneurship, I would like to continue providing fruitful ways to start a business online. In my previous article, 'This Is The Right Time To Go Online And Start A Business', I have already explained you why this is the right time to go online to start a business or to have a website for your existing business. I have also explained you how a website can be made into a business model, in the article, 'Turn Your Website Into A Business Model'. Now to continue providing you the best ways of doing this, I will start posting articles on the best webhosting companies to choose from. You will get to know the pros and cons of each webhosting provider so that you would be able to choose the best webhosting company for you.

Why You Should Be So Careful In Choosing Webhosting company?

When it comes to choosing the best webhosting company, you need to consider a lot of factors like the space that you need based on the type of your website bandwidth, quality of support provided to you etc.

1. Space

The first thing that comes to mind while choosing the webhosting provider is the space that your website is going to occupy. If your website is a social networking site, or a site that deals with Art and Design, you need to have a lot of space for pictures. Suppose, a user has a 250 k picture in his album. Multiply this with the number of users signing up for your site. Let us say, 1k users per week. 250 x 1000 kb = 250 MB of space. After 4 weeks you will have 1 GB of space already over. This is the case if a user has 1 picture. Think about his album has a 100 photos ! and multiply this with the 1000 users!! Alright, I am not here to panic you. I am just providing you the way to calculate how much approximate space you need. This is only for websites which have a larger community. If you have a website to sell your products, then you don't need to worry about. You will have a defined number of pictures and videos.

2. Bandwidth

This second thing that comes to my mind is the bandwidth. It seems to be a jargon at first sight. But, it is so simple than it should be. It is the amount of data transferred. The more your site's bandwidth, the more faster it loads. In layman terms, bandwidth is nothing but the measurement that will tell you how good is your site at handling a sudden rise in traffic to your site. You need to be careful in analyzing the bandwidth of your site. This could be an approximate calculation from the budget you have planned for your advertisements. Simple! The more you advertise, the more is your traffic! you will be able to get to an approximate number for your site and choose the webhosting plan based on that. Further, you should consider the number of images on your site that would be loaded when a visitor visits your site. The more the visitors, the more bandwidth you require!

3. Support:

The third main factor that comes to my mind is the quality of support the webhosting company provides you. You might choose a company that is overseas! Will they respond to your calls and mails? What if they don't? You will be in trouble and your business will be in trouble. You will fail to provide the best solutions for your customers. To make sure this doesn't happen, make sure the webhosting company provides proper support through toll free numbers, responding to emails with best answers and not obfuscating or evasive answers,prioritizing your issues properly by raising tickets (aka incidents) with proper priority and show that they are continuously improving the way they provide service to you. You can review about a company online. But just by reviewing it you will not be able to choose the best webhosting company. You will have to do some home works on that by yourself.

4. Price:

Many of us will have this factor as the primary when it comes to choosing the best webhosting companies. Even if it sounds better for the first time, this might take you to the wrong path. you need to have a balance between everything, say, space, bandwidth,support, price etc and should not choose the provider just by looking at the price they provide. Consider all the above factors and compare the webhosting companies and do some home work yourself and choose the best webhosting company. To make this work easy for you, MyBrainStock will be publishing articles on various best rated webhosting companies from which you can choose on for you that suits your business rather than only your budget!

5. Other factors:

Webhosting companies provide you  with a lot of other services and offers like unlimited email accounts, Google Adwords credit, e-commerce, SEO etc and promises like money back guarantee. It's up to your needs to choose and go for them. Of course you can go for them without compromising above factors, as they are added benefits for your business

So I will be posting articles about the best webhosting companies soon. Go and get started with your website plan and let us host it on the best servers!

Recommended Best Webhosting Companies:
1. Lunarpages
2. iPage
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