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Top 6 Tips To Selecting Business Hosting Provider

Author : JackJ Reynolds

Selection of a business hosting provider which will host your online business website is a vital decision to make since business hosting providers can make or break your business. These web hosting companies have a direct influence on your online business and act as your business partners. Therefore, it is necessary to bear in mind a few things while making a selection. The top 6 factors to look for in a business hosting provider are given below.

1. Maximum Uptime and Reliability

One of the essential factors of web hosting is reliability and uptime. If you select a business hosting company that offers cheap packages but has a 50% uptime, you will be losing half of your website traffic because your website is down most of the time. Also, when visitors are unable to access a website, they automatically switch to another host offering similar services without the slightest hesitation. Hence, selecting a business hosting company with 50% uptime is like planning the funeral of your online business. Select a website that offers at least 99.5% uptime along with strong backups in the case of power failure.

2. Customer Support

All good web hosting firms offer customer support; however, the question is whether the customer support is available to clients round the clock or not. It is not necessary that the customer support should be available through phone; live chat and email support work just fine. However, regardless of the time you have a problem, the customer support should be available to help you. This is especially important for firms whose web hosting companies are located in a different time zone.

3. Select a Local Provider

This is not extremely essential, but, it turns out to be extremely useful at times. As already mentioned, due to differences in time zone your website may face certain setbacks. While selecting a foreign provider you need to bear in mind that all the non-urgent maintenance work will be done at non-business time, which may turn out to be your peak time of the business. Also, if your customers are geographically dispersed, the location of the business hosting provider may not matter at all.

4. Pricing

Another critical factor while making the selection for a business hosting company is to check out their pricing plans. Make sure the plan does not have any hidden fees and you pay the price you have signed for.

5. Data Backup

It is wise to select a business hosting firm which allows you to back up your important business data. In the event of system crash, the backup data will allow you to restore your website without damaging your business.

6. Flexibility

Generally, when businesses are just in the beginning phase, business needs are not much and owners tend to select a plan accordingly, with lower bandwidth and disk space. As business grows, business and website needs enhance and they may need an upgrade. Thus, make sure your business hosting provider allows an upgrade; otherwise you will have to shift to another provider.

All the above mentioned tips are extremely important to bear in mind while making a selection for a business hosting provider.

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