| By Fred Langa |
Which of the many thousands of Web and e-mail hosting services is right for you?
If you work the problem two ways, you can find a good answer in just a few minutes.
Cut through the crowd of hosting alternatives
Ever get frustrated with your ISP’s e-mail or Web hosting services? Reader Ray Dicks sure did!
- “I am in need of offsite hosting of e-mail and possibly Web-site hosting, too. Do you have a suggestion of where I can look? The need is urgent.”
First, use any of the several online host-selection “wizards” to help you winnow the choices to a reasonable handful. Sites such as HostSearch and FindMyHosting let you select from a host of hosting options and then suggest the services that meet those criteria.
You can help ensure you get good results by thinking about not only what you need from a hosting service right now, but also what you might want and need in the future. It certainly isn’t fatal if you choose a host that turns out to be a dud — domains and sites can be moved to a different host later — but the closer you get to the optimum with your first choice, the better.
For example, might you one day want to create online catalogs or e-stores, enable shopping carts, take credit-card orders, and perform other e-commerce operations? Might your site one day grow quite large or generate a lot of traffic? Will your site be essential to the success of your business or avocation?