Australia offers many good things for the world. Beautiful natural scenery paints the country with its alps, great ocean road, coastal wilderness, greater blue mountains, Red Centre, kangaroo island and Flinders Ranges among others. Its fertile soil has been the mute witness of its rich historical chronicles and culture. In many international comparisons, the Land Down Under is always in the cream of the crop in terms of human development, health care, life expectancy, economic freedom, quality of life, public education and protection of civil liberties. It ranked as the thirteenth (13th) world’s largest national economy. Sixty-eight percent (68%) of its economy is contributed by the service sector. Included in the service industry are the web hosts dispersed around the country.
Australia, alongside with USA, UK and Canada, is one of the largest web hosting service providers in the world, supplying high quality services to client companies. However, with over 180 web hosts across this nation, which one will you choose among the list? To guide you how to select good service providers for your web page, here are the standards:
• Client Support. Are they quick and prompt in doing their job? Do they always give regular updates to their clients? What do their previous clients say about their performance? What kind of services do they supply? Are there any extra assistance aside from a web hosting service?
• Performance of the server. When someone is browsing your website, you want it to appear fast and reliable. Slow connection will lose you a chunk of your site traffic. It is therefore your responsibility to evaluate the server’s performance. Check it with your own naked eyes. Do not let their attractive words lure you to failure. Ask former partners to gather reviews and comments.
• Familiarity of the application. If you desire to use other applications, be sure that your web host is familiar with those. I bet you would be all in tears when they do not know how to configure it.
• Space. You have to literally voice out that “I need some space.” Decide the amount of space you need for your web page. A large one will let more users to download your web page’s contents, but it also means additional payment. Seek the suggestions of IT experts to determine the right decision.
• Traffic Allowance. Know the limitation of your site traffic. You might be ignorant that there’s a limit on the amount of contents which can be downloaded from your page in a given period and charges additional fees for the excess. Find a web host that offers large traffic allowance for the same price.
• Packages. Identify the best package for your company’s web site. Determine the amount of disk space, traffic allowance, FTP access and accounts, monthly data transfer, e-mailboxes and free domains. Then, compare the price to get what is right for you.
• Features. What are the other stuffs you have to deal with in order to simplify your web site. Do you need auto-responders, email forwarding, mobile device compatibility, SPAM safe protection, content management software, CGI support, web-based file manager and other Santa Claus list of features? Always remember that you have to settle not less than the best.
• Cost and payment. Talking about costs, uncover hidden fees, if there are any. Compare the prices of every web host with the quality of services each provides. Lesser costs but guaranteed performance is better than best