How to choose the best Web Hosting Service

If you have a business, you need a website — but you might not know how to go about getting one. Here are a few tips to get you started!

Figure out exactly what you want from your website. 

Believe it or not, buying web space is the easy part of getting online. Making the most of that space is a completely different challenge. Ask yourself what you want from your new company website. Are you trying to build community and brand awareness? Do you want to set up a company blog or a web store? Are you trying to create a portal that will let customers book appointments with you?

Figure out how you want your website to impact your business before you buy web space. Websites don’t just happen; they need to be planned, designed, and created. Knowing what you want before buying space will give you time to plan and, if you need to, hire staff to help you reach your goals. Speaking of which…

Consider hiring a professional. 

Like we mentioned, building a website is really easy if you’re willing to build on top of a pre-existing design or template. But if you want something specific — a custom look or cool module — a web designer or developer should be your first call. This should be part of your planning phase: Working with a designer or developer before you buy web space will give you a chance to hammer out exactly what you need your site to do and how you’re going to make it work.

Look into Google Apps for Business. 

Almost every host comes with basic email support, but it’s not always very good. If you’re accustomed to using a desktop email program, you’ll probably be fine with whatever your host already offers you — but if you’re used to robust webmail services like Gmail, your host’s default email web app probably won’t cut it. Google Apps will endow your domain with a good webmail client, Google’s Hangout chat messaging system, Google Docs, and a shared calendar system, plus iOS and Android apps to get it all on the go. At $5 a month, the service isn’t free — but it’s a great alternative to your host’s default mail system if you need something more.

Take a look at this informative guide from and see their experience testing out 201 of the highest rated options.

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