Picking a Web Host – Check Reviews First [Sponsored Post]

by Klaus on March 16, 2010

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This is a sponsored post, paid for by ReviewMe. All views expressed in this post are mine and are not influenced by the fact that I have been paid to write this.

Can you imagine driving around in a car that works only 95% of the time? No, that’s not a very good solution if you depend on your car to get to and from work.

It’s the same deal when it comes to picking a web host for your website, blog, business or whatever. If you pick a bad web hosting provider, you could risk getting an uptime of just 95%. While that may sound high, it’s not. It means 5% of the time, your website (your business) is offline to customers and you lose out on business. In terms of time, a 5% downtime equals 36 hours per month or more than 1 hour every day. That’s a lot, don’t you think?

The tricky part is, every web host provider out there will tell you they have an uptime of at least 99%, maybe even 99.99% uptime. What they probably don’t tell you, is that the 99.99% uptime is “network uptime”, meaning there’s no guarantee that the server your website is hosted on, actually works – only that the network connection to it, does work. Of course, servers don’t just crash for the fun of it, but some servers seem more unstable than others and then it’s a matter for the provider to have it fixed.

Before picking a web host for your business, do a google search or something, just search for review justhost or similar, and you’re 99.9% guaranteed to find reviews of your chosen web host. Study them, check out what other people are saying. Pay extra attention to uptime and how well the web host provider handles support. Do they get back to their customers in a timely manner when there are problems or do you have to wait a day or two before issues are solved?

Do your research first and be sure not to pick the cheapest solution. In the end, it pays to pick a good web hosting provider.

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