This is a guest post on small business by Samantha Kingston, from Web Hosting Billboard.
Your small business needs an excellent web host; it is the first decision you have to make before you launch the business website. In the last decade, scores of web hosting sites have cropped up. It is really difficult to choose one over the other. It seems every web hosting company has their own Achilles heel to content.
6 Tips to Choose a Web Host for Small Business
I hope these 6 tips will help you.
Number of Visitors
If your small business is in a niche which could get thousands of visitors every day, you should go for VPS hosting. In VPS hosting, you are a private server for your business needs only. The cost of these servers are high, so budget in advance.
Will you do a lot of Selling?
If your small business entails a lot of selling online, you cannot afford to have a slow website or website with high downtime. Customers will turn away instead. Therefore, you need a web host which offer efficient dedicated or virtual server. Without these, you will go for shared hosting and it will cause you loss.
Will your Small Business Host a lot of Video or Audio Content?
What will be the layout of your small business? Do you plan to host a lot of video and/or audio content? If yes, you again need to go for either dedicated hosting or VPS hosting. Audios and videos consume a lot of bandwidth and resources. Your web hosting deal should be able to accommodate the business requirement.
Small Business Importance
I am sure the importance of your small business weighs heavily on your mind. The choice of a web host will largely depend on your business mission. If your mission is to generate business leads, a short-term shared hosting will work out fine. If you want to rank high on Google, you need a website with fast loading speed.
Yes, budget is a major contributing factor but do not compromise on the small business so you can save few dollars. Weigh the pros and cons of your business requirements and see if your choice of a web host will be able to fulfil the requirements. Also check if there are any hidden costs or not.
Good Customer Service
Not every small business owner is a technology expert; therefore, unless you can afford to hire a full-time technical team, you need to get a web host which has awesome customer support. The support should be available and reliable.
Infographic for Small Business Owners
Here is an interesting infographic for small business owners to choose a web host.
Infographic Credit: InMotionHosting.com
If you are looking for an affordable and efficient web host for your small business, I personally recommend Zyma.com. I am using it for my small business domains.