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Choosing the Right Web Host

When choosing the right web host for your site, care, caution and curiosity are advised. Selecting the web host that fits your needs will mean researching ones that have as many of the qualities that you are looking for as possible, and of course, at a price you can afford.

Every webmaster's site has different needs and requirements, so select one that meets your needs on a number of levels, whether it's speed, reliability, bandwidth or support.

  • Research: Determine your needs and the type of website you want. Are you starting a business or starting a small site just for fun?  Predicting what you want to happen in the future and what you may need at a later date will save you time and money in the present. Make sure you understand your own personal requirements as well. What is important to you? Support? High bandwidth? Knowing what you want out of a website will help ensure that you get it.

  • Look Around: Whether you search the Web or ask around, know what's out there and what is being offered. Since this can be confusing for new webmasters, the presence of Web hosting directories can simplify this process. Hosting Directories will save you time and frustration because they have listed, described, and compared different web hosts. You will be able to search for the web hosts that matches your specific criteria. 

  • Narrow Down the List: Combine the goals you have determined for your site with the information you have gathered from Web hosting directories, search engine and referral and make a list of hosts you are considering. You can always add to this list later but for now you will have something to work with as you look for the right web host for your site.

  • Analysis Before Making the Final Decision: Before making the final decision, revisit the sites on your list. Demo the interfaces they provide, test their customer support, ask for information on uptime vs. downtime and read all fine print within contracts.

  • Make THE Decision: After reading this article from Webmasters-Manual.com, you should be in a good position to make your final decision. All that is left to do is sign up and upload your pages to the Web Host using the instructions they provide.

Now that you have a home for your future website, you are well situated to begin the exciting work of designing your site. Read the next article in the series or visit Webmasters-Tips for great informational advice and tips for novice and experts webmasters alike!

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