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It is easy to overlook important factors when selecting a Canadian web hosting provider. Don't focus on "Budget" pricing or features that you may not need.
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How To Select A Web Hosting Provider
by Richard Chorney
When starting out, it is easy to overlook some of the most important factors when selecting a web host while paying too much attention on great features which you may not need at the start. Also remember, if the price of the web hosting package seems too good to be true, it probably is. Most web hosting providers offering very inexpensive packages are able to do this by cutting corners in hardware infrastructure, connections and support methods. The old saying "You Get What You Pay For" comes to mind.
Most new webmasters judge a web host by the amount of disk space they offer. The thinking is generally, the more the better. There are many other factors to take into consideration. Each factor can be weighed up according to the features each specific web hosting company offers. Each company may also offer several different plans. The features from plan to plan may also differ.
Technical Support - Test different companies before you sign up by sending them an email with a question or two. If they respond quickly, this is a good sign. If they offer a 24/7/365 Toll Free support line, EVEN BETTER!!!
Uptime - The more uptime they guarantee, the better. 99% uptime is the minimum acceptable standard. I look for 99% plus guaranteed uptime.
Disk Space - Decide how much disk space you will require. A web page with one logo does not take up much web space at all. Calculate how big your web site is in relation to the disk space alloted.
SSL - If you intend to accept credit cards orders directly from your website, you will need Secure Socket Layer included in your plan.
Domain Name - What's the point in buying web space if you cannot point your own domain name to the site? The web hosting company you choose should be able to help you register a domain name.
FTP Access - Unlimited and unrestricted FTP access to your site is essential. You will need an FTP program to transfer files.
Website Statistics Program - A good stats program is handy if you want to keep an eye on how many visitors you are getting, where they are coming from, referrers, top entry & exit pages and so on. Most web hosting companies offer very basic web statistics, sometimes with a monthly fee, look for a provider that offers enhanced stats at no extra charge.
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