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How to Find the Right Web Host

July 2004
by Reid Goldsborough

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If you’re in business and online, it’s likely that at some point you’ll want to switch Web hosting companies or consider using one if you don’t already.

The greatest benefit to using a Web host is the greater assurance that it will keep your site up. With redundant connections, backup power, and security safeguards, Web hosts specialize in keeping you online, letting you focus on your core business.

Finding a Web host is easy, but finding a quality host that’s right for you can be less so.

Jupitermedia’s List of Web Hosts, at http://webhosts.thelist.com, lets you search for hosts according to type and services, but offers no quality ratings or opinions. (At the same site, Jupitermedia also provides useful background information about Web hosting.)

TheHostingChart.com, at www.thehostingchart.com, provides reviews and ratings for a small number of Web hosts.

Netcraft, at http://news.netcraft.com, offers monthly rankings of Web hosts in terms of reliability, as well as rankings for longer periods of time (search for “reliable”), but doesn’t indicate what type of host each company is.

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The most important consideration in selecting the right host is knowing which type will best serve your needs and budget, says Dev Chanchani, president of INetU, a Web hosting company in Allentown, Pa., and on the Web at www.inetu.net, which has consistently ranked hig…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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