One caller on the live stream recently wanted to know which web host they should choose. I honestly hate being asked that question. The answer is that there is no GOOD answer. Every web host – in my humble opinion – sucks, and here’s why: their skin isn’t on the line. They still make money if your site is down. They still make money if you configure something incorrectly. They still make their dollars – no matter what. If their own skin and bottom line were out there along with yours, I feel that web hosting would be a much different environment.
I’ve been through a lot of different web hosting companies in my days online. I’ve struggled with uptime issues. I’ve dealt with poor customer service. I’ve had to wind my way through the maze of service problems and back again on more occasions than I would like to count. Each company I’ve worked with has had their strong points – and their weaknesses.
Right now, I’m pretty happy with Atlas Networks here in Seattle. They respond quickly to any downtime issues, and there have been very few of them. However, they aren’t perfect. That’s the problem, folks… none of these companies are perfect. When your livelihood depends on your website working properly and always being “up,” the company hosting it has to be perfect.
I’m not sure we will ever find the right hosting company. When the day comes that a business will throw their money where their mouths are, then I will be more than willing to work with them. If I have downtime – I shouldn’t be getting charged! If I have an issue – it should be responded to at any time of the day or night. It’s that simple, folks.
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Have you ever wanted to have your own Website? Do you know how to go about getting started? Here are some tips sent in by Lewis that may shed some light on these questions… and more.
Don’t go for the cheapest hosting. These may look great at first, but from what I have found out, they are not. The support is often bad, the servers are often cheap and slow and you do not get what you pay for. Try to look for a respectable one with many reviews. We recommend GoDaddy. Use coupon code Chris1 to save 10% off your order!
Learn how to code and design. The worst way to start a website is with no coding experience or design experience. This is often the thoughts of many new website owners and it puts users off. You need to take time out of your life to code and design properly, you will get much more out of the site this way.
Don’t swarm your site with adverts. Often, too many ads put off users and they will not come back. If you must, put at the most 3 adverts on a page, that is the maximum. I’m pretty sure you hate websites with loads of adverts, think of your users.
Get a proper domain name. Often free domains names like (.tk, .us.tt ect) are bad, full of frames with adverts in them and are often having problems. I recommend getting one from a respectable seller, e.g.: Godaddy. There are many coupons around for godaddy, Chris has a few, type !coupon into his chat.
And finally, give your users a way to contact you. This could be a contact form, an email link (make sure to obscure it in an image or flash file to keep bots off your site and selling your address) or anything else. Your users might need your help and without a good clear link to contact, they will not email you and you will lose their business. Many users are not going to bother looking through Whois databases for an address.