There are several factors to consider with regards to website hosting. I have found that many companies prefer to host with their web designer instead of being responsible for their own hosting. As a rule of thumb, a website should have 99% uptime if it is with a good web hosting company. When making the decision on what is right for your business there are several things to consider. These include:
Are they providing SEO for your website? Some internet marketing experts feel that there are added benefits to hosting with a marketing firm on their hosting because of added ranking based on the credibility of the marketing firm. Since the search engines are familiar with a particular firm, they are more likely to give their sites a better ranking.
Do they offer added security on their hosting? Website security is very important for your new website. Choosing where to host your website will determine the level of security that your site will have. Most hosting companies will provide minimal security while some website design firms will offer additional measures to protect all websites and they will take responsibility if your website is ever hacked.
Are they available 7 days a week? While allowing your website to host with another company may offer these added benefits, nothing is more frustrating than to need help with your site on Saturday and be unable to speak with someone until Monday at 11 AM. Find out if you will have support on weekends in case your site is ever down or there are important changes that you need to make.
Will they provide a backup of your website? If possible, try to keep a current copy of your website either on a disk drive or your computer. This is important in case anything happens to the company that is providing you with hosting, or if the relationship between you and the hosting/website design/SEO company is ever strained. By having a current copy of your website, you will always have the option of re-uploading the site if it is taken down without your authorization.
Hope this article helps you decide you should host with your website design company or if you should host your own site. While there are many different benefits to hosting with a website design company, it is important to find out exactly what you are getting and why this is the best fit for you. Browse our website for more SEO SEM tips to find out the best questions to ask a website design company.
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