Sibername: 5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing Web Hosting Services -
Ottawa, ON (PRWEB) October 31, 2013- Sibername (http://www.sibername.com), one of the most trusted Canadian resources for domain registration and web hosting, offers a guideline on 7 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Web Hosting Company.
The decision of what web hosting service a business will decide on can determine between the success and failure of a business. Picking just one from the thousands of the hosting companies available can be both a bewildering and tiring feat.
Do not panic. Renowned Canadian Website Designer Yuriy Salmin has set up guidelines to help with choosing a suitable hosting provider and advises to ask the following questions prior to subscribing to a web hosting service:
1. How often does the web hosting company backup websites?
It should be a routine part of every web host's operation to backup web sites. The backup process is the copying all files, including the database, to preserve them in case of equipment failure or any other catastrophe. All websites should be backed up periodically, but the frequency chosen depends on the size of the website and how often it gets updated (i.e., manual updates such as adding or editing content on pages and blog posts).
2. Is the web hosting company offering affiliate marketing opportunities?
Affiliate marketing programs are a fairly universal tool in the web hosting industry. An affiliate arrangement allows the web hosting company to reach prospects and build its client base and in return, the website owner is offered commission rates or service credits based on performance-based incentives. Thus, affiliate marketing can reduce the costs of web hosting.
3. How much disk space and bandwidth do someone need to host a web site?
Disk space and bandwidth refers to the amount of space and data a web hosting account can store and deliver. There is no definite answer for this question, since it depends on the size of the files that are uploaded into the web hosting account. Whether transferring HTML pages, images, graphics or scripts, all consume space on the web serversí hard drives. Depending on the current and future web hosting needs, an account might require 50-100 MB of storage space and 1 GB of monthly data transfer (small personal website with light site traffic) or up to 1 GB and approximately 10GB of data transfer (for medium-sized businesses with a shopping cart).
4. Does the web hosting company own its own data center?
Itís essential that a web hosting company offers reliable front-end features, for instance, customer service and technical support that are available 24/7. However, having a data center defines how reliable and flexible the web hosting service will be, and can be an important back-end feature of a web hosting plan. Itís the quality of the hostís data facilities that determines how good its product and service will perform. A web hosting company that hosts its own data center probably has an experienced in-house team of professionals that can readily support a new website and build new products.
5. Does the web hosting company help to monitor websites?
If the web hosting company owns its own data center, itís allowed to control the environmental systems and servers, which means that it can monitor websites and web traffic twenty-four hours a day. If a host monitors the websites, it can decrease the time to resolution between an issue and its resolution since itís in charge of the communication between the data center and its customers.
This interview can be accessed through Sibername Blog.