There are so many companies to choose from when it comes to acquiring web domain registrations and hosting.
However, there are certain key elements that should be considered before committing to a particular company.
The first tip is to think about your budget. What can you afford? Do not be carried away with sales pitches and slick marketing tactics. Do not over extend yourself.
If you are about to host a site for business purposes, the following elements are important:
a. SSL Certificates:
People are getting smart about online security. More and more of them are looking for the padlock icon and “https” prefix in the address bar of their browser before submitting personal information online. If your Web site doesn’t have an SSL Certificate, visitors may leave before making a purchase, creating an account or even signing up for a newsletter.
b. Customer/Tech Support:
Does the company have 24/7 customer support? If they do not have this basic service do not use them!
c. Spam Free Email:
Is the email service protected from fraud, spam, and viruses. Make sure it is compatible with Microsoft® Outlook®, Outlook Express, and Mozilla Thunderbird .
d. Quick Shopping Cart:
Online Sales are expected to hit $144 billion in the U.S. and £78bn in the UK by 2010. Isn’t it time you got your piece of the pie? With a quick Shopping Cart, you can create and publish a stand-alone Internet store or add one to your existing Web site in a matter of minutes. Make sure the company you choose provides this service if you are considering e-commerce with your site.
e. Hosting and Servers:
From a basic Web site to a massive online superstore, look for full-service hosting solutions for every need and your budget. Make sure the company offers up to 99.9% guaranteed uptime, best-of-breed routers, servers and firewalls and 24/7 support and maintenance.