Finding hosting for a personal website is one thing but when it comes to your business, reliability and affordability become even more important. Your business website is your gateway to the world, and it is how the world finds you. While you want your business to remain competitive don’t jump onto the first cheap deal that you see, that may end up costing you far more in the long run. So what do you need to look for when it comes to business web hosting.
Domain Names and Free Email
Not only do you need hosting to get your business online you also need a domain name. This will be the URL people type into to find you on the web. Ideally you want your business name but this may not be possible, you may have to get a little creative when choosing your domain name. Many hosting companies will offer you of getting your name through them either for free or for a small fee. If you’re not comfortable with technology of setting up your DNS, this is probably the easiest and most practical solution.
Email is another feature you want to look at pretty closely. Does the hosting service offer unlimited email addresses or just a few? Is it easy to set up your email accounts? Most businesses use branded email accounts for their staff and the owners and so should you. Setting up email should be a piece of cake.
One Click Installs
Most business websites today are built on the WordPress platform or one of the other content management systems. If your host gives you the option of a one-click installation of WordPress then getting online is that much easier. Most hosting companies will offer some type of website builder and built in templates, this is a quick and easy way to get online but marketing will be far more challenging in the future. Choose a CMS and learn how to use it, you can update your site easily and have more customization options.
24/7 Support Access
If you’re web site is selling anything on the internet then you should never trade off a lower cost and lose 24/7 support. If anything at all should go wrong I promise it will happen after business hours. The knowledge base that most hosting companies is not always enough to solve your problems, you want a hosting company that is there when you need it.
Choosing the right web hosting company can seem like a big decision but you need to do just a little homework first. Look at all your options and you will choose a hosting company that works for you.