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How to Compare Webhosting Companies

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If you're looking for a webhosting company for your new or existing website, it can be hard to know where to turn.

There are numerous companies out there and they are all interested in your business.

Do some reading in tech magazine or on tech websites so that you get a feel for the industry language.

Then pick a handful of webhosting companies based on your own research and frlends' and colleagues' recommendations and start comparing. 

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The number of email boxes and mailbox sizes can be an important one. If you're operating a small business, you don't need a webhosting account with 25 mailboxes; on the other hand, if you're running a mid-size company and have 57 employees, you know you'll want to give each of them a mailbox. 

How much storage

Is your website going to be mostly text or will it be graphics heavy? Will you be posting a lot of photographs, videos, etc.? How much storage you'll need for your files will dictate a lot of the cost for your webhosting agreement.

You want to get as much storage as you need for your current site with room to grow, but you don't need to get carried away. Be realistic about your future webhosting needs.

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Webhosting companies offer plenty of extras to help convince you to be their customer. Some of these extras are worth the extra money. Can you add a blog to your website?

Do they already run the software or would you have to buy and/or upload it yourself? What kind of statistics and reporting does the webhosting company offer?

You want to know who's visiting your site, how long they stay, and what they do there. You also want to know how they get to your site and where they go after they leave.

Payment arrangements

Depending on the cash flow of your company, payment arrangements for a webhosting account can be problematic. You'll probably get the best rate if you buy your webhosting annually. Buying webhosting on a monthly basis can be considerably more expensive.

Does the webhosting company offer a discount if you pay all at once? Do they offer a deal if you buy more than one year at a time? Or maybe there's a discount for automatic renewal on your credit card. Explore these options so that buying a new webhosting service doesn't break the bank.


Some webhosting companies may require subscribers to sign a contract for services. Does the webhosting company require a contract? If so, read it carefully before signing.

Make sure you understand the terms and limitations of the contract, when the contract expires, and how to cancel it, if possible, before the expiration date.

Deciding which webhosting company is right for doesn't need to be a huge challenge. If you compare apples to apples, so to speak, you'll be able to measure how one company stands up to another in terms of the scope and nature of services provided and at what cost.

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