Hosting providers must offer a reliable service

Friday 29 June 2012

Businesses should consider a whole range of factors when deciding on a hosting provider, depending on their requirements and expectations.

Companies have a wide range of firms to choose from, many of which are likely to offer special deals.

Typically, companies may be offered unlimited bandwidth and disk space, a large number of email accounts and a free domain name.

However, businesses need to be able to separate the wheat from the chaff in the hosting sector - and price is very often a giveaway sign of poor quality.

With websites and other IT services being critical to firms' daily operations, it is vital that businesses select a reputable host which is able to guarantee uptime.

Service outages can cost businesses productivity, output and sales and even push customers away, so firms need to ensure reliability is a key priority for their host.

In many cases, if companies are promised the world at very little cost, the deal is likely to be too good to be true.

Businesses are far better off selecting a well-known hosting provider with experience of dealing with a range of enterprise customers.

If they are unable to provide references from happy customers, it may be the case that none exist and the hosting firm should be given a wide berth.

Posted by Alex Boardman