Web Hosting Reliability

When evaluating web hosting services, you’ll want to take into consideration price, customer support, level of capabilities and any additional features you might need if you have a site that needs to support hundreds of thousands of visitors. Business owners should look for a hosting service that is there for them 24/7 (phone support, emails, etc.), therefore minimizing the potential for lost sales and earnings.

That being said, expect that there will be some glitches along the way in the hosting; it is how the provider responds to your needs that is of greater importance. According to a May 2011 survey from netcraft.com, Datapipe ranked as the most reliable hosting company, demonstrating only a single failed request from performance monitors for the month.

The second most reliable hosting company in May was SeverBeach, failing to respond to only two requests, while iWeb Technologies was third. Netcraft measures and makes available the response times of some 40 top hosting providers’ sites. The performance measurements are calculated at 15 minute intervals from separate points throughout the internet, and averages are calculated over the immediately prior 24-hour period.

In order to get the best result, business owners are advised to use a web hosting service heavily in the early days of the agreement, thereby utilizing the money back guarantee period (usually anywhere from 30 to 60 days). This is a great time to test out the customer service end of things, making sure you are satisfied with the provider’s solutions, time in getting back to you, etc. It is also clear to point out your needs, i.e. if you are running an online business, select a webhost along with its link or site builder.

For those Web sites incorporating SQL database applications, you will require an SQL server hosting company. If running a blog, you will require WordPress or a similar layout. In the event your company will sell stuff online, be sure the host provides a shopping cart application. The majority of hosting companies offer both Microsoft and Linux based hosting services.

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