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Hosting provider

  1. 1. How to choose a hosting provider Presented by Al Davis
  2. 2. Shared Hosting Product Manager for more than 12 years More than 100,000 websites currently reside on packages I’ve created Major international wholesale provider (hosts more than 500,000 sites) asks me to weigh-in on applications routinely Have spoken to numerous groups on how to get small businesses online What’s with the bald guy at the front of the room?
  3. 3. What is Shared Hosting? I promise just a quick definition Why Shared Hosting? Cost: hosting in-house vs. outsourcing Time and effort: run your business or site, not a server Technical expertise
  4. 4. Pure Play providers Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) Telco’s Types of providers
  5. 5. WordPress minimum requirements - from the codex PHP version 4.3 or greater MYSQL version 4.1.2 or greater Optional: required for multi-site Apache_mod_rewrite module What to look for in a shared hosting package
  6. 6. Key items in the matrix: • Storage (aka space) • Email storage - the same, but different • Bandwidth Extra goodies - PHPMyAdmin Welcome to the Matrix - the feature matrix that is
  7. 7. Storage and bandwidth - you’re never going to use it all Text is cheap, but pictures and videos will kill you FTP access - no reason for a cap Email storage - don’t get all bundled up Things you should know but we never tell you
  8. 8. Support, Support, Support Types of support vary by type of provider. So, who offers what? So what’s the secret to choosing?
  9. 9. Call support. How long does it take to get an answer? What’s the experience like? Call when you are most likely to be working on your site. Ask to be transferred to sales. Don’t overpay. Don’t get locked in. 12 months max. Things to look for from a provider
  10. 10. Providers all sell the same thing; customer experience is the differentiator. The last word
  11. 11. Questions? www.aldavis.org @adavis3105 aldavis@aldavis.org

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