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Hosting Services - Don't Forget About Uptime
|Once you have
your company's web site up and running, it is vital that you do
everything possible to keep it that way. Nothing sets off alarms
in a customer's head faster than a non accessible web site or
one that has features which do not work. A web site is literally
your company's window to the world and every aspect of the site;
including the design, content, accessibility, ease of
navigation, and uptime, says a lot about your company.
A fully functioning, attractively designed, feature-loaded web site spells
professionalism and expertise, while a poorly designed and
inaccessible site reflects very poorly on your business. Still,
the best designed site on the web; one loaded with impressive
features and clever design tricks means absolutely nothing if
your customers can't get to it because it is down.
Unfortunately, if your site is hosted by some other company and
resides on their servers, downtime may be largely out of your
control. When your host's servers go down, your site goes down
and there's not a thing you can do about it. There are a few
things you can do, however, to ensure that your site stays up as
long as possible.
Choosing Your Web Host
There are thousands of low cost web hosting services out there and they are
all offering a thousand different deals for web hosting.
Choosing the right one can be a daunting task, especially if you
don't know a lot about internet hosting and what you should be
getting for your money. There are a few things you should look
for in a web host - some of which will help you get the best
deal and others which will help you determine whether you should
expect to have a problem with downtime.
To cover the business end of web hosting, find out how much bandwidth and
storage space you get for your monthly fee. Bandwidth is
especially important because the more popular your site becomes
the more visitors it will have and the more bandwidth it will
use. If you are using too much bandwidth, two things will
happen. You'll be charged for anything over the amount you're
contracted for and the site could easily experience downtime due
to receiving more traffic than it can handle.
You will also want to look at the host's server information. Most web
hosting services will post the specifications of their web
servers on their own web sites. This allows customers to get a
good idea of the host's stability. If you don't understand the
technical jargon that these informational pages contain, get
someone from your own IT department to look at with you. They'll
be able to tell if it looks like the host has a stable server
Check Your Site
To help ensure stability, you should check the site yourself (or make sure
someone in your company is checking it) several times per day.
This is the best way to make sure that everything is in working
order and to resolve problems that do occur as quickly as
possible. If you find that the site is down, a quick call to the
host can often resolve any issues or at least let you know if
there's a problem with just your site or their entire server.
About the author:
John Michaels is a freelance author for WebHostPacks.com where he
regularly publishes articles on how to find a
cheap web host and reviews of
low cost web hosting services.