How to Choose the Right Web Hosting Service for Your Business

When you want to market your business online, one of the things you will want to consider is having a website built for the business. Unfortunately, a website is not complete without a web space. This is where a web hosting service comes in.

The question is how do you choose the best webhosting service for your business website? Most importantly, how do you know which is the best webhosting service for your business site?

Now, you must understand that choosing the right hosting company is crucial to your business success as the website hosting provider is responsible for keeping the online side of your business operational. Any failure on their part is sure to affect your online business operations adversely.  So you will need to put in a lot of thought and consideration.

To help you with this, here are my top suggestions:

Choose the right web hosting service for business

1. Compare the Prices

The first thing that most people think about when buying a hosting service is the price. This is understandable because nobody has money to throw away. It’s vital to get value for money and spend no more than you can afford to spend. But it’s also important to analyze which service is the best for your website. Sometimes, the more expensive options are the ones that give you the best services, and that might be a price worth paying. It’s all about comparing prices as well as services.

2. Tech Support

Websites go down for random reasons. This happens to all websites, even the very biggest ones. So, when this happens, you need to have tech support to get the website back up and running as quickly as possible. Most website hosting services will also offer a tech support service, and that’s a good thing. You need to make sure you read all the small print though. You want the tech support to be as comprehensive and as fast as possible. The best providers offer support throughout the week.

3. Read Customer Reviews

If you have the chance to, it’s always a good idea to read the reviews of a particular web hosting service. You should read as many of them as possible because they might offer you a valuable insight into the service and what it can offer you. Of course, you shouldn’t rely 100% on reviews. But if when you’re reading them, certain issues keep popping up, you might want to do a bit more research because it might show that there’s a problem with the service. As long as you do this, you should avoid major problems.

4. Analyze the Technical Specs

Before you can decide what technical specifications you need, you should think about what you want to do with your website. What you load your website with will affect what kind of hosting service you need. For example, you shouldn’t choose a cheap service if you intend to fill the website with content and videos, as this could lead to a lack of speed and crashes. This is why it’s vital to analyse the technical specifications of the service and make sure you’re getting what you need.

5. Room to Grow

You need to think not only about the here and now when choosing a web host but also about the future and the future needs of your website. A host might be fine for you when the website is small and the traffic flow is low. But if the website expands and grows in the future, you’ll probably need a strong service and more space. So, you should ask the right questions when choosing a host. Ask about whether the service can be expanded in the future; this could save you a headache later on.

Conclusion

There you have it, five practical tips on how you can choose the right webhosting service for your business. Of course, these are just a few suggestions. As mentioned earlier this is an important business decision you must make with care. Invest time and reason in making your choice. Your business success depends on it!

So, why don’t you share with us your experience in choosing a webhosting service? Are you satisfied your present choice? What considerations did you use in making your choice? Share with us in your comments below.

Covert Super Affiliate Tactics for Making Money in the Web Hosting Niche Market

Web Hosting Affiliate Profit Tactics

Every potential online business entrepreneur knows the importance of a webhosting company. You need a webhost if you want to market your products/services on the net. This is one reason why the demand for webhosting has continued to grow by the day – because more and more businesses are right now going online. This is indeed a potential market that anyone desiring to make money online cannot ignore.

Of course, with the high demand for webhosting, companies offering hosting services has also grown. Right now there are thousands of such companies, all working to outsmart each other. To do this many of them design different hosting packages that even the smallest, but savvy, online entrepreneur can latch unto to make money.

Getting a Slice of the Lucrative Webhosting Business as an Affiliate

With predictions of ecommerce growing into the multi-million dollar business in the no distant future you may be wondering, how do I get my own slice of the cake?

Of course, you don’t have to be some multibillion dollar company to tap into this goldmine. By simply joining any of these webhosting companies’ affiliate program you can tap in and get your own slice of the cake. Some of these companies you may want to look into include: Hostgator.com, Bluehost.com and Arvixe.com. For more suggestions, do a simple search on google.com.

Besides offering affiliate programs, many of these hosting companies also offer Reseller hosting packages which allows you to build your own webhosting service without worrying about the huge investments involved!

The basic difference between a Reseller account and an affiliate is the fact that as a Reseller you can brand yourself as a hosting company and keep every profit from your business but as an affiliate you are paid a commission for every sale you refer.

In this article my focus is creating an income as an affiliate marketer.  The following are some covert tactics that will help you make some extra income as a webhosting affiliate with as little hassle as possible!

Recommended: Easily Optimize Your Website for Affiliate Marketing Success

3 Simple Webhosting Affiliate Tactics You Can Use Right Now!

1. Choose A Webhosting Company That Meets Your Needs

Before promoting any hosting company it is important that you test and see if what you will be promoting will meet the expectations of your target audience.  As mentioned above the number of webhosting companies to choose from are plenteous. The dividing line however is the quality and value that the company can provide for you.

As a potential affiliate, first choose a few companies. Purchase a hosting package from these ones and try them out. While testing these ones, take some time to check out the hosting features and the support system. Test the customer support for things like: how long it takes for the support team to answer your support ticket; how promptly they answer to your telephone calls and how effective the technical team is when there is a technical issue.

You must understand that support is one of the biggest considerations for people when choosing a web hosting package. And so, doing these checks before opting to promote any webhosting company as an affiliate is very important because at the end you will be able to effectively and confidently effectively recommend the webhost without any qualms.

Once you have find one or two that you are satisfied with, sign up for their affiliate program and move on to the next step.

2. Write A Review Of The Webhosting Company

If you are familiar with the webhosting market you will discover that nearly every one of the companies offer almost the same features and packages. While the prices may differ, most people really do not choose a webhost simply because of the price but because of the features and customer service. This is why most people will readily choose a webhost based on the recommendation of a friend or an acquaintance.

The fact that you have availed yourself of the services of the hosting company and also done your checks using their support system, writing a review of the webhosting company wouldn’t be a problem. For some initial ideas you can turn to the marketing tools offered by the company if there are any.

In writing your review ensure you are as dispassionate as possible. If there are areas you are not satisfied with about the service, do not hesitate to mention them. Highlight why you recommend the hosting company and if available offer discount coupons to those who sign up through your affiliate links. Doing this will greatly increase your CTR.

Related Reading: Simple Strategies to Make Extra Income from Your Blog Using Affiliate Marketing!

3. Put A Footer Link To Your Webhost

Another very simple but powerful way to make some affiliate cash from your webhosting company is to put a “Powered by” or “Site hosted by” link in the footer of your site to the hosting company. This is actually the easiest way of promoting a webhosting affiliate program. Though simple it is all the same very powerful because it gives your site visitors the impression that you are satisfied with your webhost hence your “boldly” recommending them with that link.

Marketing Take Away

It is clear that webhosting will continue to be a lucrative business as long as businesses continue to setup websites for their products and services. To get a slice of this goldmine as an affiliate recommending your favorite web hosting company either through a review or footer link is a guaranteed way to put some extra income in your bank account. So in choosing your hosting company to promote, go for the one that is known for its fantastic customer support. This way you can be sure that your target audience will be satisfied with your recommendations.

Over to you: Are you satisfied with your present hosting company? Can you recommend them as an affiliate? Share your experience with us in your comments below.

12 Days of Christmas: A Daily Inspiration for the Season!

Today, in light of the Yuletide season, I’m starting a daily dose of inspiration and empowerment talk aimed at helping you better appreciate what you have passed through in the year and preparing you for the coming year!

The idea for this actually came to me after what I passed through this past week when the Web Income Journal came down for the second time this year! Indeed, it was yet another trying moment for me as different thoughts raced through my mind.

Wonderfully enough I was able to overcome these negative thoughts and during that time I came to realize that a whole lot of thing account for many abandoning their dream of enjoying the internet lifestyle!

Yes, the purpose of the Web Income Journal is to “educate, inspire and empower our esteem readers and friends” as clearly stated on our tagline:

Inspiration. Empowerment. Results!

And what better time to do this than now. For this reason I have decided to give my own little 12 days of Christmas inspirational dose which I hope will greatly help one way or the other!

12 Days of Christmas Inspiration from WebIncomeJournal.com

First, you may want to hear my story…

On Wednesday 4th December I woke up fully loaded and energized for the day’s activities. The day before I had published the readers’ appreciation webhosting giveaway post and waking up that morning, I was excited about the things I was going to do.

And so, with high spirits and after a few things to set the day rolling,  I proceeded to load the Web Income Journal but instead of the site loading it returned a 403 forbidden error!

I couldn’t understand what was happening. At first I thought it was something to do with my computer but when I tried another one and the message was the same, I knew there was trouble!

I immediately got on the phone with the mind of contacting my webhost. But then, I was met with another surprise, none of the customer service numbers were working!

To make matters worst, when I attempted visiting the webhost’s site to create a support ticket, I discovered that the their site was also down!

You could practically see my frustration at this point. I tried desperately a few more times but after about 4 hours of trying without any results I was both annoyed and wondered why this was happening again a few months after this site faced a whole lot of troubles which also had to do with webhosting?

After about 8 hours of waiting and contemplating what to do, I received an email that simply read….

“Hi,

“One of the accounts hosted on your VPS is causing load issues by running multiple instances of resource intensive PHP scripts. Due to these scripts laod is going high and our clients are experiencing performance issues. Here is the list of processes that we found running on your VPS: (then followed a list of codes that were the cause of the problem).”

“We had no other choice but to disable web access of this account. You need to contact your developer in order to optimize these scripts and queries to ensure they consume less amount of resources.”

Seeing this as a ray of hope, I quickly replied the email asking for more clarification promising to fix the problem. But somehow till this hour, no answer came in reply to the questions I asked neither was there any other one to the other emails I sent later.

This was really unsettling for me as this has never happened before.

All Is Well That End Well…!

After 2 days of trying different ways to access the site (with no reply from my webhost and web access still disabled to the site, I really did not know what to do) without any success, I decided on starting a fresh site using the backup I had with me, though that would have led to my losing about one month’s content.

But then, I felt moved to check the VPS Control Panel. To my surprise, it opened! Surprised at this, I proceeded to open the Root Control Panel (this is the central control for all the sites hosted on the VPS account) and this also opened without any problem.

It was then I realized that the internet access was only cut off to the blog and not the root cpanel!

At this point my hopes were rekindled and I quickly took a backup of the database and also downloaded some other essential files. Once I had the backup and files, I was ready to set up the blog again.

Well, it was 4 days of soul searching for me.  Experiencing two site failures in just a year was damn too much for me. However, throughout this period the words of Apostle Paul, one of the foremost fathers of the Christian faith, were always ringing in my heart:

“We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are prepared, but not in despair; perplexed, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…

“For our light affiction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

These words not only uplifted my spirit but also gave renewed zeal knowing that what is happening is only but for a moment but what is ahead is far more glorious!

And so, with that mind I went on to install a fresh blog and wonderfully the blog is back without any loss of data. Even the webhosting giveaway post which was published a few hours before the tragedy struck is intact!

So, What’s the Lesson for Us?

Ironically, instead of this incident crushing my spirit it rather boosted my resolve to move on to accomplishing my dreams! Yes, at first I had some unsettling thoughts but then considering those words of Apostle Paul I realized my dreams are just too big to be crushed by disappointments like this one. And this is what has fired my decision to share this with you.

I don’t know your experiences so far in your journey to achieving your dreams online, one thing that is sure is, do not allow such experiences to deter you. Don’t allow them distract you from the fact that you have a destination – a goal. See them as temporary setbacks but your destination is something too big to be stopped.

And so, here is my encouragement to you…

  • Don’t Give Up – Adversities Are Actually Your Advance Riders!
  • You may not be able to prevent every tragedy from happening but you can prevent them from destroying you!
  • Your goal and dreams are far too wonderful to be stopped.
  • Tragedies that come your way are truly there to teach you things you may never have learned otherwise!

Yes, keep on the race and always remember: “Winners Never Quit and Quitters Never Win!”

You will end well!

Your friend.

Chadrack

Webhosting Giveaway – 1Yr Guaranteed Optimum Hosting, Yours FREE!

[UPDATE: This giveaway has ended. Please read the details about the winners here.]

In December of 2011, I gave out a special Christmas gift appreciating our esteemed readers! It was indeed something unusual as I gave away a free link to all who posted a comment on this blog for the whole year!

Since then many, mostly those who are new readers, have been asking if I would do the same thing this year.

Well, as much as I truly want to appreciate all my blog readers in the spirit of the Christmas celebration, I also know that I should do something different this year.

Free Webhosting Giveaway - Christmas thank you gift!

And so, as the Christmas season drew near, I had to put on my thinking cap!  Of course, many ideas came to mind but I wasn’t really satisfied with them. However, when a few weeks ago I got an email from Mr. Khuram, the Marketing Director of Zyma Technologies (www.zyma.com) a hosting company based in the UK , asking if I would be interested in hosting a webhosting giveaway, I immediately checked out the site and after a few questions about the features, I was satisfied that this is simply good enough as a “Thank-You-Gift” for our esteemed readers!

But Why a WebHosting When You’re Going To Pay For It After 1yr?

Now, you may be womdering why a webhost when after the one year you are going to pay for it? Or what another webhost when you are already hosting somewhere else?

Frankly, I believe that one thing you must get right about your online business is your webhosting company. This blog is running on a VPS hosting account and I know how much that takes away from my pocket every month. And so, offering you a one year free web hosting account to me is really something great.

Here are few things you could do with the free account:

1. Get a new domain and host it on the account – If you are thinking of expanding your business, maybe with a few niche sites (like I’m thinking of doing in the coming year!)

2. Host your existing domain – As much as I don’t want to suggest you move your money site right now, but if you have been having problems with your present host, then this is an opportunity to move house!

NOTE: You are getting a whole 1yr free which to me is really enough to evaluate this company. If after the 1year you are not satisfied with their services, you can always move to another host but if you found them to be good, you would have made enough money for the year to pay for another year ahead!

So, What Are You Getting In This Webhosting Giveaway!

I’m sure you want to know what you will be receiving from this free giveaway, right?

Alright, here’s what you get:

Unlimited Web space
Unlimited Traffic
Unlimited Email AccountsZyma Webhosting graphic
Unlimited SQL Databases
Unlimited Sub-domains
99.9% Uptime Guarantee
Free Transfer & Setup
Free Tech Support
cPanel Web Hosting
Fantastico De Luxe
Softaculous Premium
Attracta SEO tools via cPanel
CloudFlare CDN Support

Plus These Ecommerce Features:

FREE  Shopping cart software
Paypal integration
Accept credit cards on your site

And much more!

Please read more of the features here.

 

How to Enter For the Giveaway

As an appreciation contest, I want to make this as simple as possible and so I’m using Rafflecopter. To enter you simply need to sign into the widget below.

Once you are signed in, you will be presented with a few options which you can actually do in a few minutes, like posting a comment, tweeting and sharing on your favorite social media. Of course, to increase your chances of winning you definitely want to do all of the options available.

Coming around once a day to do more of the options will also be a plus to your garnering more points necessary to make you one of the winners!

Declaration of Winners

We expect that you have the whole of 2013 for your free webhosting and so this contest will be ending on the 31st of December, 2012 while the winners will be announced on 2nd of January, 2013.

Please ensure that you enter the contest using a working email address because that is the only way winners will be contacted.

Winners will be by simple majority of points as reported by Rafflecopter at the end of the contest. Please note that some of the actions require validation so where this is required in the Rafflecopter giveaway widget, please ensure you input the required action.

The Prizes

There are 3 slots which will go to the first 3 lucky winners. Like I have said above, these are the people with the highest points at the end of the contest.  The 3 slots get one (1) full year of free hosting with all features included.

And so, let the fun begin!

free webhosting giveaway results

Good luck to everyone!