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In addition to the many conveniences and headaches brought on by our increasing reliance on the internet, this new form of communication, advertising and commerce has brought with it an altered mindset for the new consumer; we want it fast, we want it now, we want it perfect. From small ecommerce websites to large web organizations, reliable hosting is the key to ensure that customers and viewers see the same site at the same speed every time they visit their favorites.
Reliable web-hosting services provide the design of the site, along with support (often 24/7) and all important bandwidth. Reliable web-hosting is key to e-commercial success in that it gives the consumer a consistent experience while preventing down-time on the site that could cost the company in question hundreds, thousands and maybe even tens of thousands in revenue.
There is a fine selection of reliable web-hosting services on the market. Often these services host in a specific region. Other sites, such as Radical Webs in South Florida, spread their services over a larger area but may host fewer websites. There are a multitude of websites on the internet advertising the services of one or another reliable hosting company. Luckily, there are also a couple out there to help you choose what is right for your company. Netcraft and Web hosting Inspector are two examples of such sites.
Web hosting Inspector provides a comprehensive spreadsheet listing independent test results, awards, rankings services and prices for various reliable web-hosters. Though helpful, Web hosting Inspector feels a lot like paid advertising. A better choice is Netcraft. Netcraft supplies a lot of the same information as Web hosting Inspector, but also gives in depth analysis regarding down-time, a fate worse than death to any ecommerce entrepreneur.
Very often, these companies are run from private homes, a low cost, high return way for the internet/code savvy to make an income and save on rent. However, the very "under the radar" nature of some of these businesses makes it all the more crucial that sites such as Netcraft exist, providing checks and balances to an otherwise turbulent industry where "start-up companies are cheap, but they come and go with the wind".
You cannot have a company on the internet without reliable hosting with an excellent team and dependable customer service. Their services are integrally important to keeping your ecommerce site consistent; visually consistent, consistently service oriented and most importantly, consistently lucrative.