But it won’t capture any customers if you don’t have a good web hosting service. There are four important questions you need to ask about website hosting: reliability, bandwidth restrictions, servers, and support.
The worst thing that could happen to small business websites is to have them go down. While no web hosting service can offer you 100% reliability, you should still ask a potential hosting site what its up-time is. A service that can maintain an up-time of 100% over a six month period is better than another who is consistent for two or three months at a time.
If your website consists of a couple of pages and a few static images, you probably won’t need to worry about bandwidth limits. But the more dynamic your website is, the more crucial it will be to know how much bandwidth the hosting site allows you to have. Ask about bandwidth allotments, and how much they think your website might might need. A hosting service that also offers good website design will be able to give you a better understanding of your website’s potential.
If your site goes down ten minutes to midnight the day before a big event, you’re going to want help to fix it fast. But technical hiccups aren’t going to be the only reason you may need to contact customer support, and it isn’t always going to be between 9am and 5pm Monday through Friday, so ask what a hosting site’s support options and response times are. Whether it’s a design, capability, or access question, you want to be able to reach someone by phone, email or chat anytime you need help.
Shared vs Dedicated:
Shared hosting servers are the most offered choice for small business websites, but if too many visitors try to access your site and the other sites on the server at the same time, it can bog your site down may cause it to lag or even crash. To ensure reliability and top performance, consider a web hosting company that offers the option of a dedicated server, where your website is the only one residing on it.
At Hyperweb Communications, we develop websites for small businesses so they can grow their business online. Our websites are affordable, easily maintained and can scale with a business’s needs. We also provide website hosting the offers reliable servers that will keep your website up and ready to meet your visitors’ needs, and offers products and services that will grow with your business. If you are looking for a partner to develop and host your small business website, contact us to see if we fit your needs.