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Introduction to Choosing the Right Web Host
By: Joe Eitel
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    2007-10-03

    Table of Contents:
  • Introduction to Choosing the Right Web Host
  • Looking beyond the numbers
  • Specific hosting for specific websites
  • Important things to look for from a web host

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    By the spring of 2006, there were an estimated 100 million web sites across the Internet, and that doesn't even include individual blogs! This figure is growing exponentially, and it is impossible to ever get an accurate count of the number of web sites in cyber space. All of these web sites require one thing -- web hosting. If you own one or more of those web sites, this article, the first of two parts, will help you find the right web host.

    Introduction

    There are thousands of web hosting companies out there who will gladly host your website for a fee. The wide range of features, performance, and costs of these web hosting companies can make it a bit overwhelming when trying to choose a web host for your own website. In this article I will describe some simple ways to ensure that you choose the right web host for your own particular needs.

    In this article I will not recommend any particular web hosting company, but rather give you some basic information which you can use to choose the correct web hosting company to fit your needs. It is too difficult to recommend any one web hosting company as being the best out there. There are many good web hosting companies across the Internet, and the fact is that there are no perfect web hosting companies out there.

    You will never find a web hosting company which has a 100 percent up-time guarantee; if you do come across a web hosting company which offers 100 percent up-time, they are being dishonest and it would be smart to stay away from them. Most web hosting companies claim to offer 99.5 percent up-time on their servers, or greater.

    One of the most important aspects of choosing a web host is first deciding what kind of website you have, and then doing some research on how different web hosts can meet the needs of that website. If I can stress any one thing about choosing web hosts, I would stress that you must do some research on a company before you sign a contract with them. Don't choose a web host based upon their sales page alone; you need to look beyond the numbers.

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