Make sure you and your web host are a perfect fit

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When was the last time you took a look at what you’re doing with your online activities? Do you feel that you’d like to do more but you’re not sure how? Do you think that you’re overextending yourself and you’d like to cut back?

Almost everyone’s online usage and needs are constantly changing, but seldom do we take a step back to assess our current situation, and then adjust accordingly. If you want to do more, then maybe it’s time to upgrade your web hosting needs and take your online activities to the next level. Or, if you’re spending money each month for web hosting that you’re not even using, then it may be time to downsize. You may also have several web hosting accounts in a variety of places and it may be more economical to consolidate these accounts with one company.

Regardless of your situation, there are web hosting services that will fit your needs and they’re only a few clicks away. Let’s take a brief look at what’s available and see what is a the best match for you.
There are three main categories for web hosts. They are free, budget, and full service. We’re going to look at each category and see how they differ. Once you’ve examined your own circumstances and know what kind of changes you’d like to make, you can find which of these types of web hosts are best suited to your current needs.

1. Free
If your online activities are more hobbies and fun than business, there are many free services that can more than fill that need for you. Places like Tripod, Google Pages, Blogger, WordPress, and MySpace are more than enough for personal interests or as a way to get your feet wet with experience. You don’t need to buy a domain name and they all provide free services for the beginner to try. If you want to start or increase your business activity online, then it’s time to upgrade to another type of hosting company.

2. Budget Hosts
If you’re on a shoestring budget but want to use a domain name, then budget is the way to go. When dealing with a budget web hosting provider, remember that you get what you pay for, and with a budget host you’ll get the basics. If you don’t need any type of secure ordering form or your business site is informational in nature, then a budget host will likely be all you need.

3. Full Service
It’s time to go with a full service web host when the primary source of your income is your online business. At this point you can greatly benefit from all of the features a full service host provides. To run a full time, online business you’ll need your web host to include such things as a shopping cart, secure ordering form, and administrative capabilities, not to mention all the plug-ins and extra that make it all run smoothly. You’ll also need reliable email servers and autoresponders to help build your business.

When you go with a full service host, make sure that you’re going to get 24 hour support from your web hosting provider. You should be getting all of your technical support questions answered in a few hours and not any longer than that. You’re paying more now so you should always get more.

Take a look at where you are with your online activities and where you’d like to be in the near future, then decide which type of service you should be using. If it’s just for personal use, then use some of the great free services that are available online. If you’re ready to go the next level, be prepared to pay for it and make sure you’re getting what you pay for.

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