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Getting Web Hosting Services: A Guide for Beginners

May 7th 2015 at 11:50 PM

Spending ample time searching for the right web hosting service provider is critical to determining and ensuring the quality and value of the service you are buying. Weighing the pros and cons of each supplier you are considering is an important step to find a web hosting service that can satisfy all that your business requires. Because many aspects of business are reliant on technology, particularly on websites, which work to increase lead generation, enhance overall sales, and improve support and communication, it is important for business owners to find a web host who can custom design services to meet the exact needs of their business. Here are some important guidelines to help you make an informed decision as you search for a web hosting supplier:

  • Know where your website will be hosted. The geographic location of the supplier's data center or server hub is an important consideration, especially when targeting consumers in specific parts of the world. If your web host is located or based in the US or if they operate their servers from the country (as many do), your website might take longer to load for non-US visitors (such as visitors from Australia and other parts of the world). Additionally, search engines sometimes use web host locations to make presumptions about where the business behind the website is located. A good rule of thumb would be to choose a web host whose servers are located within your geographic location or at least somewhere close.
  • Make sure that they offer reliable technical support. While email support is good, it is always best to have telephone support where you can directly address their qualified technical team and get immediate answers about your concerns. Know what kind of technical support the company offers and verify its availability, especially when operating a 24-hour e-commerce site. Failure to address critical site problems at any given time can mean a great deal of loss to the business.
  • Know their back-up strategies and ask about additional services that they can provide to offer additional value for your business. Web hosts will often provide you with several back-up strategies to make sure that your website is always up and running even when someone tries to breach your system's security, although this might depend on how much you are willing to pay for the additional service. It is also a good idea to find a company that can provide you with the technology and skills to do web design, e-marketing, and additional IT services apart from simple web hosting.

About The Author:
Internet Misr or Im-DSL is one of the best internet service providers in Egypt providing Dial-up services and different online solutions like web design & development, shared & dedicated web hosting, E-marketing and Search engine optimizations and more. It was founded in 2003 as an Egyptian joint stock company working in the field of information technology and date transfer services.

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