An article by Top Web Hosting.
In today's dynamic online world, it is important to find a reliable web hosting company that will do its best to provide a fast, stable and secure hosting service. A website will allow you to reach millions of people no matter where they are or what time it is, so you can find new customers, exchange ideas with interesting people or simply share your hobby with the world. For all this, you need a web hosting company that will guarantee the uptime of the site, or you will lose the visitors you've got if your site experiences downtime too often or for long periods of time.
Many of the companies on the market are resellers that buy server space and bandwidth from larger hosting companies. This practice is called reseller hosting. There will be no problem if the actual provider manages the services directly, but if the reseller has an unmanaged server and you have an account on it, you may have problems contacting this person looking for help if you experience any problems or difficulties. Getting timely support is often crucial, especially if your website is popular or you sell goods and services online, so you cannot afford to have any downtime. The reseller may need to contact the provider after that, which means even longer downtime. There are some good resellers as well, and they provide full support, but this is not the general case. Another reason why a reseller may not be a good choice is that you will be getting the hosting service through a third party, not directly from the original provider, so you will have to pay more money for the very same web hosting service.
It is important to have several means of contacting the hosting company - phone, live chat, tickets, etc. When talking about really good customer support services, a good example is 'FreeHostia.com', which offers 24/7 support with very short response times.
A good hosting company can also offer you the hosting plan that your website needs. A popular website with many visitors will need a Virtual Private Server or a dedicated server and cannot be accommodated by a shared hosting account. If the company is honest and they don't have such plans, they should not make you purchase a shared account as you may experience load problems later. At the same time, such an account would be the best choice for a small website that does not need a lot of system resources, so you do not have to pay for a service you will not fully use. Things like the option to easily upgrade from one plan to another, the availability of a 1-click applications installer and/or a website installer, as well as the provision of regular daily backups can also make creating and maintaining a website easier. Some companies also offer unlimited disk space and monthly bandwidth quotas and other unlimited features at prices other companies have for limited plans.
One way to find out more about the company is to check online for opinions about their services and the datacenter(s) that they use. This will tell you how reliable the servers and the infrastructure are and if you can rely on this company to keep your website online and to help you start your successful online presence. The company's website can also tell you a lot about the quality of their services. A well-developed website that is full of relevant information and states clearly what you get for the money you pay means that the company has spent time to develop their products and has focused on the way they are presented to their clients. A reliable hosting company like 'FreeHostia', for example, pays attention to the small details, so they would be a reliable partner to work with.