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40 Million Web Hosts!


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40 Million Web Hosts!

  1. 1. ==== ====Web Hosting ====Discover how to go about choosing a web hosting provider in ways that 99.5% of the advice on theInternet never mention.If you struggle with finding good web hosting then using the process I describe could be theanswer to one of the biggest problems you can face as a webmaster.But first Id like to give you an idea on the scale of the problem in choosing a good web hostingprovider. A search on Google for the exact phrase " web hosting " returns over 32 Million resultsand " web hosting provider " or " web hosting company " produces around 800,000 results.An IP survey by in 2003 found over 40 million web hosts.Whether you want to believe Googles 32 Million web hosts or Netcrafts 40 Million, it gives someindication of just how many web hosting provider s there are to choose from.Google has over 7,800 sites offering advice on " How to choose a web host. "But to be frank a lot of advice on the Internet is from sites promoting web hosting provider s andresellers, which means its not without bias.If you think " web hosting review sites " are a good source of advice, try choosing one from over6,000 listed by Google. Consider also that many are affiliated to the web hosts they recommend.This can mean not only do they get a sign-up commission, but a regular monthly fee for as long asa customer remains with the web host.Much of the advice about choosing a web hosting provider talks about how much disk space orbandwidth you need, what type of server to use, or the features you should look for.Its important stuff but it doesnt help in choosing a good web hosting provider.I say this because disk space and bandwidth are today largely a non-issue, since most webhosting providers are competing to offer so much of it, youd need to have a website the size ofCNNs to use it all.As for the features offered by web hosts, theres often little to choose between them, they allgenerally offer enough of the basics for most websites. If youre looking for enhanced features likea website builder, adding a shopping cart, taking secure payments or promoting your website thenthese additional features might influence your choice.
  2. 2. But as a web hosting provider, you still dont know if theyre any good.At this point some of you may be thinking youd read the other customers testimonials, or go tosome of the website forums to see what other people have experienced with this host, or post aquestion to ask for advice.Well again a word of caution, many forums are also the hangouts for people selling web hosting,so they frequently post replies or offer advice acting like the ordinary Joe. This means the advicecan be biased toward or against a particular web hosting provider. One forum you could try thatsdedicated to issues with web hosting is Web Hosting TalkOh! Lets not forget " Testimonials. " When was the last time you saw a customer testimonial onthe sellers web site that said anything bad about the service or product they provide ?I have only ever seen it once in the past 5 years and then not for a web hosting provider.Ive had web sites hosted with dozens of web hosting provider s and made 100s of inquiries toother web hosting companies that I never even got close to the point of signing up with. Ivemoved some websites two or three times in less than two weeks because a web hosting provideris unable or unwilling to solve problems, or whose server configuration is unable to support thescripts my site needed.It was after many years of suffering bad web hosts, I finally decided to work out a process thatgave me a better chance of finding a good web hosting provider.Its a bit like taking out insurance, you dont know what the insurance company is like until youneed to make a claim. As a matter of interest I did an exact search for insurance against bad webhosting and there were no results.Obviously no one is providing insurance against bad web hosting, which must mean its too muchof a risk.I dont even consider my sites to require anything special or more than any other typical businesswebsite. Yet despite all my experience, finding a good web hosting provider is still one of the mostdifficult website challenges.Youll find the exact step by step process in the 2nd part of this article at :http://www.webpageaddons.comChoosing a Web Hosting Provider from 40 Million Other Web Hosts - Pt2Of course no process is full-proof and it does not mean that the web hosting you find through thesearch engine filtering and techniques I suggest are the only web hosts capable of providing theservices youre looking for.You should also not assume because your Google Advanced Search was for web hosting providers with selected features that the sites you are reviewing are guaranteed to have those features.Check every site on your short list, since search engines are far from perfect.
  3. 3. What it does mean is that by using my suggested techniques you are selecting those web hostswho considered things like support, sufficiently important to want to be found for them on Google.Other web hosts may have good support, but the difference is that in your search you did not findthem listed for this term.It could mean supports not that important to them, even though they provide it.Its also worth mentioning that the price of web hosting is not an indicator of the quality of theservice. Some lower cost web hosting provider s can give a far better service than some mediumcost ones.ConclusionsUsing a six stage process I was able to choose from 40 million web hosting provider s, a short listof 15 web hosts that met my selection criteria. With a further six stage process I was able toreduce the number of possible web hosting provider s down to a choice of 2.In the final stage the web hosting provider s were both asked a number of general and technicalquestions that resulted in the final choice. Whilst the process is not full-proof I am yet to find abetter devised way of choosing a good web hosting provider.Tony Simpson, Advises on Website Design, Promotion and Optimization. The selection process inthis article is covered in detail in: Choosing a Web Hosting Provider from 40 Million Other WebHosts - Pt2Article Source: ====Web Hosting ====