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Selecting a Web Hosting Provider
Here are some tips when selecting a Web hosting provider. Many
of the following suggestions are based on IHR's year's of
If you are serious about your Web site, pick a hosting
provider that specializes in Web hosting and does not simply provide hosting
in addition to providing Internet access. Many ISP's provide Web hosting as
an add-on service, but they do not provide many features (see below) that are important
to operating an effective Web site.
Pick a provider that has been providing Web hosting for many
years. This will help you avoid lots of their learning errors.
Pick a provider that can provide all, or many of, the
Access to the configuration files
Ability to use server-side includes and Cascading Style
Ability to run cgi scripts
Access to other features you may need in the future,
such as database access, multimedia, or Web community boards.
Ensure that your Web hosting provider collects and maintains
the raw access logs for your Web site and that you can have access to Web
statistical reports generated from the access logs.
Select a provider that has excellent phone support and
Select a provider that has an excellent uptime record.
You do not want hours and hours of downtime for your Web site.
Do not select a provider on price alone. In doing so, you
may be "penny wise, yet pound foolish." If you want to use your
Web site for promotion, then it is wise to ensure that they also meet the
IHR provides Web
hosting services for dozens of infertility organizations.
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