Helpful Tips For Freelance Writers Selecting A Web Host
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Helpful Tips For Freelance Writers Selecting A Web Host

Selecting the best web host for your needs is one of the most important elements of creating a viable online presence. If you are a freelance writer trying to build a client base and present your talents and service online, you will need a web host in order to make your site accessible to the worldwide web.

Selecting the best web host for your needs is one of the most important elements of creating a viable online presence. If you are a freelance writer trying to build a client base and present your creative talents and services online, you will need a web host in order to make your site accessible to the worldwide web.

However, there are so many web-hosting companies advertising for your business it is a challenge to understand their offerings and make a wise choice. There are literally hundreds of different web hosting companies, with new ones popping up daily. Some web hosting companies offer enticements that often seem to good to be true. Read the fine print carefully before committing. Reading legitimate customer reviews is the best way to locate a reputable web host. Investing the time to learn the terminology of the industry and to be informed about the different types of hosting offered, will save you hassles and headaches down the road.

The majority of people building their first blog or website are totally unaware of just how much storage space is required for videos, images, data and text. It is imperative that you thoroughly understand the current and anticipated future requirements of your proposed site before searching for a host. Look for a host that offers a plan that expands with your needs. If you do not have access to enough disk space and bandwidth, you site may load slowly, may not function smoothly or even crash. Talk about a headache; all you valuable work could be lost and you may have to start all over again.

When reviewing web-hosting options, avoid those that claim uptime of 100 percent. That number is impossible and those that claim it are advertising falsely. Most reputable web host companies can offer an up time average of about 98 to 99.5 percent. They have to make time for scheduled updates and repairs. Again, read the reviews and check on uptime averages, customer compliments and customer complaints.

Many web hosts try to make it simple for those that are not technically inclined; offering a virtual treasure chest of user-friendly tools and services to build and maintain your site. Do you need a scripting library, log analysis, a shopping card and credit card processing, multiple sub-domains and multiple e-mail accounts? As your site develops and traffic grows, you may consider adding additional features to the plan that you may not require now. Examine the offerings of different plans with care so that you are not paying for add-on features you don’t need, or hidden charges that will be tacked on as your site develops. The best hosting plans allow the customer to pick and choose the tools and services they require.

Reputable plans offer 24/7 customer service and targeted technical support. It is imperative that when you have an issue with the functionality of your site, the problem is addressed immediately. Why should you have to wait for regular business hours? If you site is down, your visitors may not come back.

Ask the web host what procedures or polices are in place to ensure that your data is protected from those with fraudulent intent that may try to hack into the server. There is a gigantic amount of personal and confidential information exchanged on the Internet. You want to make sure that crucial user information remains safe and secure. Ask how your data is protected from an act of terrorism or in the event of a national emergency.

Unless you don’t mind inundating your site with a blizzard of free advertising, avoid using companies that offer free hosting. They host the site free in exchange for placing these ads. You do not benefit from the sales generated by the ads and the banners and inserts detract from the creative content of your site.

As a customer, it is prudent to keep in mind that web hosting companies are motivated by profit and marketing methods and enticements are part of their overall plan to obtain and keep your business. Ask questions, read the fine print and consider all your options prior to making a commitment. 

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