Before owning a Web site, there should be a ready web host for it. There are many available web hosting providers which are competing in the market. What you should just do is to scan the market well to find the best one. There are small and large web hosting providers. Most of the large web hosting provider though take for granted the new growth of a small niche of customers in the web hosting market. This refers to the small office / home office (SOHO). For this niche however, where the budget for the web hosting is expectedly smaller than those large Web sites. Naturally, what would match these small customers would be equally small web hosting providers.
Here are tips which any SOHO owner should follow when finding a web hosting provider that will be a perfect match for their site.
1. Study your needs well. You have to do this to look for the right web hosting provider in terms the site's specific requirements. If the owner knows the minimum requirements needed by the site, it will be easier on the owners' part to narrow down the market to those web hosting providers which can cater to their particular needs. Determine the needed capacity that the database should have. The required bandwidth and disk space should be considered too. The operating system should also match that of the web hosting provider. For the site to run well, find out if the site will need streaming capabilities. Most of all, the main purpose of the site, whether it is for business or personal use, should be told.
2. Gather good references. In order to know the web hosting provider better, more than what it claims to be, look for people who have also own Web sites. Be a curious customer and ask the business background of the web hosting providers. Try to establish a network of contacts in the field of Web hosting by accumulating the contacts of more web hosting providers. The more web hosting providers there are, the more options you will have, the better off you would be. Be diligent in reading the web hosting reviews written by previous users of some web hosting providers.
3. Come up with a narrowed down list of prospective web hosting providers. Take note of those web hosting providers which received a majority of praise and a minority of bad critics. List those web hosting providers which answer most of your previously listed needs. Consider the price by which you need to pay the web hosting providers too, depending on your budget.
4. Develop curiosity. Learn how to scrutinize your prospect web hosting providers by asking a million questions. The harder your questions are, the better their answers would be; the more reliable they would probably be too. If the web hosting provider's employees will be able to deliver their answers with certainty and accuracy, this means that their technical knowledge is completely competitive. The more patient these employees are in answering your questions, with the simplest explanation to make you understand the process and the system better, the more committed they are to make you their loyal customer. Put their integrity as a seller by giving them the opportunity to make a good sale out of you.