Web Hosting Guide and Checklist

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Choosing a reliable Web Hosting provider and the right hosting package can be a tricky decision especially when there are so many to choose from and its so easy to be sold a package with features you will never need.

There are many hosting providers on the web so it's vital you do your homework and choose one which has good resourceful information on their website, which provides a customer friendly control panel.

Here is a useful checklist listing some of the key areas and features you will need to consider before choosing your web hosting provider and hosting package, to make sure you get the right package to suit your specific needs.

Ask yourself these questions first:

Operating Platform: ______________________ Do you want Linux or Windows Web Hosting?

Web Space: ______________________ How much space do you need 1000mb ?, 5000mb, 10000mb?

Bandwidth: ______________________ How much do you think you will use each month?

Control Panel: ______________________ Do you want complete control of your products via a control panel?

Price: _____________________ What price are you willing to pay?

Web Hosting Check List

Fill out the checklist for each Web Hosting Company you're considering.

General Features

_____ Meets web space requirements

_____ Provide efficient good quality servers and RAM

_____ Meets your bandwidth requirements

_____ Meets your uptime requirements

_____ Provide an easy to use control panel?

_____ Have your desired operating system?

_____ Free instant setup online?

Domain Names

_____ Do you receive a free domain

_____ Allows subdomains

_____ Allows add-on domains

_____ You own and control the domain via an easy-to-use control panel

Web Hosting Features

_____ Email hosting included

_____ Required mailboxes included

_____ Webmail included

_____ Junk Mail Filters

_____ One-click installs for WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Concrete5

_____ One-click E-commerce installs, osCommerce Shopping Cart, CubeCart Shopping Cart, Agora Cart, Zen Cart

_____ Free website builder software

_____ MySQL

_____ FTP access

_____ CGI bin

_____ PHP

_____ Perl

_____ Additional FTP Accounts

_____ FTP access via any ISP

_____ Anonymous FTP access

_____ SSH (shell) Access

_____ Free Web statistics features

_____ Shared SSL

_____ Free images, banners, clip art, scripts

_____ Password protected directories

_____ Easy to upgrade hosting package when required

Pricing and Billing

_____ Package meets your price requirements

_____ Do you receive a 30 day Money-back guarantee

_____ Easy online payments and renewal

Technical Support

_____ Provides 24 hour support 7 day's a week

_____ Provides Telephone support

_____ Provides an easy-to-use ticket system

_____ Provides an online help database

You can print out this checklist and fill it in when you are comparing web hosts, you can go down the checklist and check off the features that meet your requirements.



Source by Darren Hurley

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