A Small Business Guide to Picking a Web Host Provider - Page 4

By Pam Baker | Posted May 01, 2013

More Tips on Choosing a Web Host

Further, Tom Churm, owner and creator of start-up online clock website offers these additional tips in selecting and using a hosting service:

  • Never buy your domain name from your Web host
  • Read the small print in hosting contracts. Many small hosts can simply kick you off their servers if your site suddenly becomes popular and gets too much traffic. There may be other troublesome language there, too.
  • Consider the advantages of easy scalability offered by using a Cloud Hosting Service
  • Stick to LAMP hosting as Microsoft servers are more prone to hacking attacks and vulnerabilities.

Last, but certainly not least, be sure to check for compatibility issues before you make any changes in hosting your site.

"Six months ago I started a blog on WordPress.com," said Leslye Schumacher, talent analyst and management consultant at TalentQ Consulting.  "I didn't know about the whole WordPress.com versus WordPress.org morass."

In case you don't know already, WordPress.com is the free version; WordPress.org is the self-hosted version.

"I design the blog, I'm using all kinds of widgets, it looks great," she said. "Three weeks ago I decide that I want to move the blog to a self-hosted WordPress.org account so that I can use Plug-ins, which WordPress.com does not allow. You can't run any Java Script on WordPress.com, either. When I originally set up the blog, I didn't know any of that, or I would have started it on a self-hosted site to begin with and saved myself hours of hassle."

After trying four different hosting companies and reading everything she could find on moving a blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org, she still couldn't get it to work even though she knows html and can do basic java script coding. Plus, she does some Android development as well. In other words, she's no Luddite.

"It was a disaster," she said. "Finally last week I tried another hosting company who migrated the site over for me, or at least most of it."

"What doesn't migrate over are your followers or email subscribers or any premium theme you might be using," she warned. "I'm still waiting to hear from WordPress on how to get my subscribers and followers onto my new account."

Now you know what to look for, and what to avoid, in hosting services. Dig deep and find the answers you need before you find yourself in a quagmire. Better to have a little pain in the beginning than a profit-draining emergency mid-launch.

Pam Baker has written for numerous leading publications including, Institutional Investor magazine, CIO.com, NetworkWorld, ComputerWorld, IT World, Linux World, Internet News, E-Commerce Times, LinuxInsider, CIO Today Magazine, NPTech News (nonprofits), MedTech Journal, I Six Sigma magazine, Computer Sweden, the NY Times, and Knight-Ridder/McClatchy newspapers.

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