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How to pick a webhosting company

Consumed => “Picking the Right Host for Your Small Business Website” by Bob Anderson on Entrepreneur.

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Solid overview but I’d like to add a couple of things if you don’t mind.

0) While certainly the hyped flavor of the moment I’m somewhat shocked The Cloud as an option was not mentioned. Cloud is especially attractive for those who might be prone to experiencing wide swings in traffic or perhaps require constantly expanding storage.

1) A VPS might be necessary if you need your own IP address. Due to spam, some services (e.g. Twitter) are known to block some very reputable hosting companies (or at least a series of their servers) from using their API. To get out of the blocked block of IP addresses a VPS might do the trick.

2) Also be sure to consult with your developer(s). All things being equal – and quite often hosting on the surface looks like a commodity – there might be subtle things your developer knows. At the very least if they are familiar with a particular hosting company then that consistency might be a saving grace later.

FWIW, and I hope you don’t mind me saying so, I’ve been using Dreamhost ( for both shared hosting and VPS for 3 or 4 years now. I am consistently pleased with them. Their support has come to the rescue on multiple occasions and are always easy to deal with.

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