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If you’re on the lookout for a new web hosting provider for your UK business, you’re probably aware that there are literally hundreds of companies out. However you should be aware that all web hosting companies are not born equal. A good web hosting company can mean all the difference between a reliable, well-functioning website that your customers will love to visit, and one that is constantly running slow and even temporarily disappearing altogether – through no fault of your own.

So, how do you choose? Well, there are three key areas you really need to take into account when considering a new web hosting provider, and we’re going to go over these below:

Space and features

When it comes to looking at space and features, it can be so easy to get swept away by big numbers and fancy extras, but it really comes down to working out exactly what your business needs, and how you’re going to be using your website.

For instance, a simple blog is going to require a small amount of diskspace and bandwidth. A site hosting hundreds of videos is going to need a lot more space. Many other sites, something in between. If you are not sure how much you need and which package suits you best, just drop us an email to sales@catalyst2.com

Cost

Especially if you’re a start-up, you’ll be trying to keep costs down wherever possible, but it’s also essential you get the best deal for your money. It’s worthwhile to bear in mind here that cheaper isn’t always better.

It pays off to shop around before reaching your final decision, and don’t forget to always check the small print. It can be all too easy to pick the cheapest deal you can find, only to later discover that it’s going to cost you extra for the support you need, or new hardware.

We recommend making up a checklist of everything you’re going to need for your business. If you find a web hosting company that checks off everything on the list, plus extras, at a reasonable (but believable) price, you’re probably onto a winner.

Support

You will want tech support to be included in your package, as we’ve mentioned above.  You should be able to reach support directly via telephone, rather than just via email. If necessary, asking for clarification now could save you quite a bit of bother (and possibly money) later down the line. We would also suggest testing out their support before you sign up. Just drop an email to their support@ email address and see how fast you get a response.