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Choosing the Right Web Hosting Provider for Now and the Future
By: Rich Smith
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    Table of Contents:
  • Choosing the Right Web Hosting Provider for Now and the Future
  • Plan your needs
  • Room to grow
  • Is that all there is to worry about?
  • Consequences of a bad choice

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    Choosing the Right Web Hosting Provider for Now and the Future - Plan your needs

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    Depending on the kind of business you are starting, there are different potential needs you may have, going forward.

    For example, if you own a store and are trying to help attract customers, you might begin by creating an online showcase of your products.  You might want nothing fancy, just something to entice people to either call to place an order on the phone, or even to come into your store.  So a web host who provides the ability for HTML and images is all you need.

    But what about when your business grows, or a lot of your customers express the desire to actually order their products online?  Well, for starters, youíre going to need the ability to have a shopping cart system on your site.   This can be a potential issue, as well. 

    There are many scripting languages available for websites.  This being the case, Iím sure you can imagine that all of the shopping cart applications that have already been written are programmed in many different languages.  So by paying attention to your web host's available scripting languages, you can ensure that when the time comes that you need a shopping cart (or any other kind of script), your host will be able to support it.

    But shopping carts arenít the only thing to worry about.  If your site deals with audio or video (maybe youíre a professional DJ or videographer, and want to show samples of your work online), you might need the ability for the customers to hear a sample sound-clip, or to view a sample video.  In this case, you are going to want to be able to stream audio and/or video from your site.  Again, some hosts have this option within their hosting packages, and some donít.  If this is something that you might eventually need, it's smart to hook up with a host who offers it, right from the beginning.

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