|Downside to Low Cost Hosting
Some folks classify low cost web hosting
on the same level as free web hosting and while this may seem
a little harsh, there are certain factors one needs to be
very careful about when going for low cost web hosts.
One of these is downtime. There is really no point in spending
so much time and money constructing a good site and then ending
up in a situation where people cannot access your site. So
when choosing your web host from the thousands of low cost
web hosts out there, there are a few things you should do
to ensure that downtime does not kill your business as you
use a low cost web host.
Beware of the bandwidth time bomb
It is important to digest properly how much bandwidth and
storage space you are getting for your monthly fee. Bandwidth
is a real time bomb because one day your site will become
very popular and attract very high traffic that will require
more bandwidth. This could happen sooner than you expect and
it makes plenty of sense to find out exactly what your options
are when you suddenly need a lot more bandwidth. Otherwise
you risk having extended downtime when it is most critical
that you do not have it, so as to retain the high traffic
that you are attracting.
Get technical and you will know if the host has a stable server
Most good web hosting services will post specifications of
their web servers on their sites. Analyzing this information
will help a client get a good idea of how stable the web host's
server system is. The more stable, the less the likelihood
of frequent downtimes. Most people are not technical, but
almost everybody knows somebody who can help them analyze
the technical jargon at the web hosts' site.
Check your site several times during the day and the night
Most webmasters get so busy that they hardly have the time
to check their own sites. It is absolutely critical that this
is done. It is even worth the effort and cash of hiring somebody
to do it for you on a regular basis through out the day. Not
only should you get your site's accessibility regular tested
but you should also test everything on the site and make sure
that it works. This is the only way your visitors are going
to gauge you and what sort of business you run, so take the
trouble to make sure that your site is not only up all the
time, but that it is also running properly.
In conclusion, it is possible to get a low cost host who delivers,
but it will require a lot of work and checking from your end.
A web host directory will obviously be very useful here.
About the author: Lois S. is a Technical Executive Writer