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The fact remains that Web is full of free website hosting services. There are number of hosting services on the web, and they are keen to provide free website hosting services for the eager ones. There was a time when free website hosting services was quite popular among the website owners.

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Imagine, the extent of possible savings for a website owner, as the owner doesn’t have to shell even a single pie from the coffers, and the hosting is done free of cost.However, with the advent of cheap web hosting services, free website hosting services had gone out of the window. Still, free web hosting services remains a top catch for someone who has a low budget for his web ventures. There are many free web site promotion activities possible with free web hosting services. More importantly, you need to understand your site, and choose proper free web hosting services.

It’s important that the chosen hosting services do provide you with free website tools. Though, you won’t get all the required tools for building your website, but significantly, some of the free website hosting services has known to give enough free website tools to build your own website.Some of the free hosting services even go down to the extent of helping you to point the web address to the chosen domain name, and nevertheless, that are a handy free website tool.
The most significant criteria while choosing a free website hosting services is the bandwidth. Take pains to find the bandwidth such would offer you. In case, your free web site is provided with limited bandwidth, then your site might face access problems. You are advised to choose free website hosting services which allow you to have sufficient bandwidth for your site.
Now the advertisement section. For free hosting services, it’s the advertisement blocks that are perhaps, the most important consideration.
The focus for them is to earn money from placing advertisements on your site, but the real question is what type of advertisements do they intend to place on your site. Text advertisements are fine, but pop ups and pop under could be very annoying for your guest visitors. Money you, many guest decide to block your web address, just because your website has a pop up, or a pop under ads. Therefore, preferably, if possible, choose a free web hosting services that doesn’t place pop ups, or pop under ads. Following the above tips would ensure that you get the best free website hosting services for you site.

Here I have found a list of good free web hosting Companies in the below Link which i think is a good list for beginners for good free hosting:

http://bestwebhostsanddomains.blogspot.com/2011/06/top-10-free-web-hosting-for-2011.html

Alternate Link: http://top10webhosts.co.cc/
http://best10webhosts.co.cc/
http://besthosts.co.nr/

Let me know what do you think of free web hosting companies are they reliable and any good free web hosting companies you know which are not in the above list..

Gmail has an estimated 190 million users worldwide. Many even have multiple accounts, the forwarding and ‘send mail as’ features of Gmail actively encouraging this practice.

Which is why it was a rude shock to roughly 40,000 Gmail users when they logged in last week, only to find that all their data-emails, attachments, chats, contacts and documents-had vanished, and their accounts had been reset. The only thing these unlucky users had in their inbox were the automated ‘Welcome to Gmail’ emails.

However, all was not lost as Gmail keeps multiple copies of the data (even including offline, tape-based backup of user data) and they set about restoring the bug that caused the problem. Google later identified the issue as a software bug in a recently released storage software update. More than the number of users affected, this obviously got far more attention than it deserved and outlined the importance of not using Gmail as the sole repository for several gigabytes of critical data.

If the recent Gmail bug scared you enough to act, Here are multiple different ways to back up all your Gmail data so that any disruption in services, no matter how rare, won’t affect you in the least:

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Gmail-Backup

Gmail-Backup is a software tool which you can download for free from gmail-backup.com. To use it, you need to have IMAP access activated in Gmail. To do this, sign in to your Gmail account, click on the little ‘gear’ icon in the top right corner and click ‘Mail Settings’.

Here, under ‘Forwarding and POP/IMAP’, you can enable IMAP access. Gmail-backup will use IMAP access to create a complete backup of your accounts data on your hard drive.

Depending on how much data you have and the speed of your internet connection, this could take quite a while. Your computer and internet connection will need to be active for the duration of the transfer.

The softwate also has a restore function, to copy locally stored data back into a Gmail account. Gmail-backup’s website also has a forum which can address any issues you may have.

Create another Gmail account

In the event of another software bug or system crash, the chances of all Gmail accounts being compromised is minimal. Even when Gmail rolls out new features, they do so in phases – and this is primarily to identify and fix any teething issues.

Therefore, all you have to do is create another Gmail account and import all mails and contacts from your primary account.

To do this, sign in to your new Gmail account, click on the little ‘gear’ icon in the top right corner and click ‘Mail Settings’. Here, under ‘Accounts and Import’ you’ll be able to import mail from your old account.

Switching account

Hotmail may have lost out to Gmail when it comes to number of features, but they still have an estimated 364 million users-the highest in the world for any free email provider. And they want to make it all the more easier if you decide to make the switch from any other free email account to Hotmail.

To do the switch, Hotmail has tied up with TrueSwitch (trueswitch.com). TrueSwitch is normally a paid service that makes it easy to transfer all your email from one account to another. In this case, Hotmail will bear the expense, if you decide to switch. But you can use this feature to back up your Gmail data and still keep on using Gmail. To use the service, head to secure5.trueswitch.com/winlive and enter all the required credentials.

Mailstore

Another free solution for email backup, Mailstore (mailstore.com) can access multiple online email inboxes using POP3 or IMAP access. The process is easy enough; just download the free software and enter in your email credentials. Like Gmail-backup, Mailstore has an online community which can address backup problems.

Gmail Keeper

For a one-time price of $19.95, Gmail Keeper (gmailkeeper.com) offers a Gmail-specific backup tool that is easy to understand and can backup all folders and labels in Gmail (including the inbox, sent mail, starred mail, drafts and so on). It can backup everything as a .ZIP file to your hard drive. It also offers the ability to back up multiple Gmail accounts at the same time.

Backupify

Backupify (backupify.com) can backup all kinds of online services that you use, such as Gmail, Google Docs, Picasa, Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Zoho and Blogger. Once backed up, you can search through, download or restore the data at any time.

They offer three plans; a free plan that can backup up to 5 accounts with a storage limit of 2GB per account, a Pro 100 plan that can back up 25 different accounts with 20GB storage per account for $4.99 a month and a Pro 500 plan that can back up an unlimited number of accounts with unlimited storage for $19.99 a month.

Local email client backup

This is a no-brainer, and should be done even if you continue to use online access for Gmail and other accounts. Any email client like Mozilla’s Thunderbird (mozillamessaging.com/thunderbird), Eudora (eudora.com), Apple Mail, Outlook, Outlook Express or Windows Live Mail can be used to download your mail.

You need to enable POP3 in Gmail (once again in the ‘Forwarding and POP/IMAP’ in the Mail Settings area of Gmail). The settings are simple enough; incoming server name is pop.gmail.com, protocol is POP, port is 995 and your Gmail username and password will have to be entered of course.

If you have more tips share them in the Comments section of this post, also in the next week post I will share my top alternatives to Gmail, so check them back…

Everyone blogs these days and some are yet to give it a shot, so you have finally thought of setting up your blog or you already have a blog and the number of visitors are catching up too. But sadly and seriously these days, there are huge rush of people who hack into blogs either for fun or to malign work of others. So I have found some simple tips to keep hackers away from yours. Let’s see what are those:

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Upgrade your Blog software

Most bloggers use platform like blogger, WordPress, typepad, Weebly, etc,, Perhaps you have wondered why blogs releases a new version of their software every few weeks. Thousands of people go over the Wordpres code every day in an effort to improve it. A lot of the time, they are trying to plug up security vulnerabilities which hackers have figured out how to exploit. By upgrading regularly, you can be sure that you have all the latest security fixes.

Update plugins

Many times, hackers will figure out how to gain access to your blog through a vulnerability in one of your plugins. The creators of these plugins often release updates that are more secure, which is something you should take advantage of by updating them regularly.

Most Importantly Hide plugins

If the hackers don’t know which plugins you have, then they won’t know where to begin trying to hack your site. The way they find out which plugins you have is by looking in your /wpcontent/plugins directory. If you create a blank document, save it as index.html, and upload it to this directory, you can prevent anyone from accessing this information. Alternatively you can block the standard file list from showing with .htaccess.

Get rid of Admin Login name & Use strong password

Do you still use “admin” as your username to log into your account? If so, you are making things much easier for hackers. If they know the username of your administer’s account, then hackers already have half of the information they need to break into your account. If your password is something like “wood floor”, then it can be extremely easy for hackers to guess. They can often simply use a program which guesses your password based on dictionary entries. Create a lengthy password made up of upper and lower case letters, numbers and characters in no particular order and avoiding dictionary words.

Login securely

One way that hackers will steal your password is by intercepting it through the network while it is on its way to most blogs. You can solve this problem by installing the Chap Secure Login plugin. This plugin will automatically encrypt your password when you login, so the hackers will only be able to see your username.

Remove your version information

Often, hackers will attack your site based on the version of the blog you are running. If they don’t know which version you are running, they won’t know how to attack your site. Install WP Security Scan to remove the identifying code from the header and feeds.

Prevent brute force attacks

One of the simplest ways for hackers to break into your account is to try different passwords over and over until they find one that works. The easiest way to prevent this is to use the Login LockDown plugin. If someone fails to guess the correct password three times within a 5 minute period, this plugin will prevent them from even trying again for the next hour.

Third Party Code

Adding site counters, templates, and other third-party code to your blog can be a great way to add some flare to your content, but can also leave your blog vulnerable to malicious activity if you aren’t familiar with its source. So take a moment to review the code and look for anything that seems out of place. For example, if you are adding a weather gadget to your blog and notice in the code that there are links pointing to unrelated sites, take that as a red flag and keep searching for another weather gadget. There is no reason that a weather gadget should include a snippets like ~ a href=”http://completelyfreemoneysamples.com”>Make Money Online!/a~

Before saving new template code, always preview first. Malicious template designers may sometimes include pop-ups or other unexpected ads in the template code, which will usually be revealed with a quick preview.

Look first to ‘trusted’ code repositories for a new template or widget. There are probably thousands of places across the web where you can find widget and template code, but it may be helpful to first check out some of the more widely known and trusted sources.

Protect against comment spam

Spam can be a danger to your blog and its visitors. Comment spam can insert unwanted content onto your website. One way of protecting against spam is using plugins that track comments and trackbacks, running them through tests to check on whether they are spam and then refusing or approving based on the test results. Though its worth noting that this is not completely full proof and depending on the size of your blog you may even want to personally moderate commenting, or maybe even limit commenting to specific posts.

Anti-spam Plugins and additional resources on how to protect from comment spam:
Akismet
Spam Karma 2
Codex on Combating Comment Spam (http://codex.wordpress.org/Combating_Comment_Spam)

Secure your WordPress Admin directory

This is mainly for WordPress Bloggers since it’s more the choice of pro bloggers and for its rich theme. This is one of the most useful tips where you have to whitelist all IP adresses that can access your /wp-admin/ directory. This method will only allow the access of wp-admin from your chosen IP addresses like your home computer, office computer, laptop etc. It is easy to do through .htaccesswhich you can place at /wp-admin/.htaccess. Here is the code you need.

AuthUserFile /dev/null
AuthGroupFile /dev/null
AuthName “Access Control”
AuthType Basic
order deny,allow
deny from all
# whitelist home IP address
allow from 64.xxx.199.99
# whitelist work IP address
allow from 64.xxx.199.210
allow from 199.xxx.136.200
# IP while in Bangalore; delete when back
allow from 128.xxx.2.27

Change IP addresses with the ones that you want to allow. If you are staying in a hotel for a few days, add their IP address in the file for that period and take that off when you leave that place. A very good security measure to keep your blog safe.

Finally, have a backup plan

You have to have a complete backup (database + files/plugins/themes) in case of uncertainty. It is always a good idea to keep your blog’s backup on more than one places (like computer hard disk, USB drive, CD etc) and take regular backups. This has worked like a charm to me many times bringing back many of my other blogs up in matter of seconds if something went wrong.. The following plugins can help automate the database backup process in wordpress, visit their websites for more information:
wp-db-backup (http://www.ilfilosofo.com/blog/wp-db-backup)
wp-dbmanager (http://www.lesterchan.net/wordpress/readme/wp-dbmanager.html)

Visit the the WordPress codex for further details on backing up your website.

As usual if you think i missed any leave a comment so other stay informed of it.. C U next week, till then take care..

Who don’t like widget’s ? Widgets are definitely a great way to add some flare and uniqueness to your blog. Whether you’d like to show your live blog traffic stats or show your visitors which sites have recently linked to your web site, you can do it with widgets. So if you are blogging using wordpress/blogger/typepad or anywhere else here is the list of 50 great blog add-ons that will add color to your blog, surely overdoing it by dressing up your blog with too many widgets looks crappy, so choose the right one for your blog, the list begins now:

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    3Jam

– This widget let’s your visitors send messages to your mobile phone, without them knowing your phone number.

    LinkedInABox

– Show off your LinkedIn profile. Perfect for personal blogs.

    Box Widget

– Enable visitors to use box.net’s online storage directly on your web site.

    Price of gas

– Displaying gas prices on your blog might seem unnecessary to some, but it’s cool if you have a traffic/travel related blog.

    iBegin Weather Widget

– Display weather information in your sidebar. Just like with Price of Gas, works great with travel-related blogs.

    ClockLink

– Display time in various time zones with these nifty Flash clocks.

    Film Loops

– Display the latest loops from your FilmLoops account.

    Daily Painters

– Display paintings from famous painters on your blog.

Jaxtr

– With Jaxtr, your visitors can actually call you to your mobile phone; again, your number stays private.

    WhoLinked

– Show your visitors which sites have recently linked to your web site. Works with all major blog platforms.

    Criteo AutoRoll

– Displays links to blogs similar to your blog.

    Bitty Browser

– Dmbed a cute, fully functional mini web browser to your blog.

    Leafletter

– Create a mini website and embed it into your blog.

    MyBlogLog’s Recent Readers

– This widget can easily be called a hit amongst blog owners; its popularity even managed to convince Yahoo into buying MyBlogLog. The widget lets you see the avatars of recent visitors to your blog, provided they’re also members of MyBlogLog.

    Mashable

– Get the latest social networking news from this very site.

    Flickr Flash Photo Stream Badge

– Display images from your Flickr profile with a handy Flash photo stream.

– See a live preview of outgoing links in a small popup which activates on mouseover. Some find this annoying, while others might find it useful.

    Twitter Badge

– If your life is so interesting that everyone must know what you’re up to all the time, then a Twitter badge is the ideal counterpart to your blog. It’ll proudly displays your recent tweets.

    Digg News

– Display the latest Digg links on your blog. Themeable and fully customizable.

    FEEDJIT

– Real time traffic data directly in your blog’s sidebar.

    LineBuzz

– Inline comments for your blog. Very handy for blogs with frequent lively discussions.

    Flixn

– Display a stream directly from your webcam, so your blog visitors can always see what you’re up to.

– Search Wikipedia with this simple widget.

– Show off the number of visitors to your blog with this handy little button.

– Display the number of links your website has from one of the biggest blog authorities – Technorati.

– Another good way to show how “big” your blog is is to show off your Google PageRank.

– In addition to showing your PageRank, this widget also shows your Alexa ranking.

– Embed a link to related videos directly into your website.

– Display your Skype online/offline status on your blog.

– Not something I would personally use, but some people are into horoscope. Hell, most people are into horoscope. Anyway, this widget shows horoscope (doh!) and does it in a nicely designed colorful box.

– A widget that displays auctioned items on eBay, and gives you a percentage of the price paid when sometimes buys an item.

– Similar to AuctionAds, only for Amazon. Create a mini-store on your site and receive profit when someone buys an item through your store.

– Show your current location on a Plazes map.

– Track your portfolio with this widget, and share it with others. Let everyone know how much money you’ve lost.

– The world’s best sharing button

– Your friends never know what to buy you for birthday? Let them know what you really want with this nifty widget.

– Wee where are the visitors to your MySpace profile from on a map.

– Display how many times have del.icio.us users saved your page.

– This badge shows your latest bookmarks from del.icio.us.

– Need to create a timeline? Seek no further. This widget makes it really easy.

– Display a searchable Google Map on your website.

– Add a video search form and selected videos to your web site.

    StreamPad

– Display an Audio player for and import music from Last.fm and AOL music right there in your sidebar.

– PollDaddy lets you create beautiful polls in no time, and display them at your blog.

– Don’t like the above one, try another poll-making widget, compatible with all major blog platforms.

– Display definitions from Answers.com for various terms on your blog. The definitions are shown in bubbles which are activated on doubleclick.

– Give your visitors a chance to enter a term themselves, and get a definition from Answers.com

– If you got to share your current playlist contents with the world, Sigamp will do the trick. Works with most popular music players, including Foobar, Winamp, iTunes and others.

– Display headlines from your RSS feed on any website.

– Show off the latest books you’ve been reading.

– Let your most faithful visitors access their address books direclty from your site.

That’s a whole lot of them to choose from for your blog.. phew !! Post there are hundreds of them (http://www.widgetbox.com/) which one is your favorite, post a comment..

Ever wondered which are the most riskiest Web domains you may not want to visit? Domains which host (or are rather used to host) maximum malware or codes that can launch a virus, phising or a botnet attack on your PC ? As per the recent research from a leading Security agency here’s the top riskiest Web domains you may want to know and be aware of who knows you may be a victim of the same ;( (

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    1) Cameroon (.cm)

Topping the list is Africa’s Cameroon (.cm) which has overthrown Hong Kong (.hk) as the Web’s riskiest domain. Entering for the first time in the list, Cameroon, a small African country that borders Nigeria, jumped to the number one spot this year with 36.7% of the .cm domain posing a security risk.

According to the report, because the domain .cm is a common typo for .com, many cyber criminals set up fake typo-squatting sites that lead to malicious downloads, spyware, adware and other potentially unwanted programmes. Last year’s riskiest domain, Hong Kong (.hk) dropped to 34th place with a risk rating of only 1.1%.

    2) Samoa (.ws)

Samoa (.ws) Domains with an overall risk percentage of 17.8%. Last year the domain posed a security risk of 3.8%. The report rates Samoan-registered domains risky primarily for their phishing and malicious download activity. Among country domains, the People’s Republic of China (.cn) and Samoa (.ws) have remained in the top 5 riskiest domains since last year.

    3) Information (.info)

The information (.info) domain is the most “spammy,” domain with 17.2% of its sites generating junk mail.

The domain has an overall risk of 15.8%, as compared to 11.7% in 2008. The risk associated with .info registered domains is largely spam related.

    4) Philippines (.ph)

This domain has an overall risk level of 13.1%, compared to 7.7% last year. Philippines (.ph) registered sites are more similar to China than Samoa, with risk weighted towards spam and phishing than related to downloads.

    5) Former Soviet Union (.su)

This domain poses a security risk of 5.2%. The report says risky registrations using the former Soviet Union (.SU) domain are evenly distributed between phishing and risky download activity.

    5) Russia (.ru)

Russia (.ru) domains asan overall risk percentage of 4.6%. Last year, the domain posed a security risk of 6%.
Russian (.RU) registered site risk is distributed in a roughly 3:2:1 ratio for malicious downloads, phishing and spam.

    6) Singapore (.sg)

The .sg domain has an overall risk of 4.6%, compared to 0.3% last year. According to the report, Singapore (.sg) registered sites were evenly distributed between spam and download activity.

The ratio’s calculated here are based on the global share of malware or codes, virus, phising or a botnet attack generated this year, no offence to any country or existing domain Holders, my sincere Disclaimer 🙂

UK-based broadband provider Supanet conducted a survey of its web hosting customers. Supanet wanted to find out the qualities that customers consider to be the most important when shopping for a web host. If you want to gain more customers and improve your relationship with the ones you have, this is one top ten list that’s worth a look.

Unfortunately, while the company gave a top ten list, it didn’t go into any detailed explanations of why customers said these were the ten most important factors in their decision to choose a particular web host. It also didn’t state how many people were surveyed, or explain their survey criteria or methodology. Even a search of the company web site did not turn up more than the press release. So this survey can’t exactly be described as scientific.

On the other hand, the results make a certain amount of sense, intuitively speaking. “It came as no surprise to find that customers looking for a good web hosting service are after value for money,” noted Andrew Barton, marketing manager for Supanet. He’s referring to the number one item on the survey’s list. While I certainly can’t conjure information that isn’t there, I have been researching the web hosting industry for close to two years now. My first article on the subject appeared in June 2005, and regular visitors to this site can attest that I’ve hardly been idle since. I’ve heard my share of horror stories, and I think I can at least make some educated guesses as to why customers look for the qualities in a web hosting company that Supanet’s survey says they do. So without further ado, let me present the list with my comments.

As I mentioned, the number one item on Supanet’s list was “value for money.” If someone has put together a web site as a hobby, it’s probably not going to be something on which they can spend a lot of money. Web sites that are labors of love involve the owner investing time rather than money, so whatever money goes into the site had better stretch as far as possible.

This is doubly true if the web site is home to a business. While there may be some money coming in, and the company may be willing to invest some of that in its web presence in the hope of bringing in more money, no business can afford to waste money. The bursting of the dot-com bubble near the turn of the millennium proved that point. So if you want an individual or a company to trust their site to you, you have to show them that they’re getting their money’s worth.

The second quality on Supanet’s list is “great customer service.” To some extent, this follows naturally from the first item. Every customer considers himself to be the center of his own universe. That’s not something to struggle against; it’s simply a fact of human nature. Add to this the fact that most of your customers, if you’re a web host, have their own customers to worry about, and you understand why customer service is such a high priority.

Great customer service means courteous, knowledgeable representatives who are available whenever your customers need them. It means giving customers what they want as quickly as possible; it can even mean anticipating their needs. Support that’s available 24/7 in several forms (email, chat, telephone) is a good start. If your customers aren’t particularly tech savvy, you might even have to do some spoon feeding.

The third item on Supanet’s list is “multiple hosting features.” Customers appreciate the ability to choose. If you try to lock them in to one package or don’t offer features they need (such as script hosting), they will look elsewhere. Indeed, the number of features a web host can provide has become a point of competition between hosts. For example, 1stchoicehost says that it offers its customers standard or web-based email, shopping carts for e-commerce, support for multiple versions of Microsoft Front Page, the MySQL database, server side includes (SSI), email forwarding, Perl, Java, autoresponders and much more. You might consider surveying your own customers to find out what hosting features they want. If you’re really brave, ask the ones who are switching from you to a different web host why they’re leaving. If they talk about hosting features that you don’t offer, you might want to see what it would take to revamp your services.

The fourth item on Supanet’s list reflects back to the second item, great customer service; it’s “responsive support.” If your customer has to leave five trouble tickets with you just to get some kind of reaction, the last one is likely to include a comment about changing web hosts. Even if you can’t get to a particular item right away, you need to send a message to your customer that you have received their ticket and will look at their problem as soon as possible. Give them a short, reasonable time period as to when they can expect to hear back from you about it – and treat that as an ironclad promise. Remember, if the issue they’re bringing to your attention is affecting their ability to serve their own customers, they’re likely to be very short on patience. If your customer sees that you’re working on the problem, and giving it a priority, they’ll be reassured. The only way they can see that is if you keep them in the loop as to what is happening.

Surprisingly, it’s only when we get to the fifth item on Supanet’s list that we come across “generous web space and bandwidth.” One would think that this would be more important than it is. Perhaps web hosting customers have figured out that web space and bandwidth is cheap (or else there wouldn’t be so many free web hosts). When a particular commodity is cheap in comparison to other things, people often value it less. Still, that’s fairly high on the list, so there is some concern about this.

Customers who have used web hosts for a while know about overselling, which may explain one of the reasons this item made the list. Also, as a web host, it’s a good idea to be honest with your customers about their web space and bandwidth needs as you understand them – don’t sell them more space than they need, but don’t sell them less either. For example, the needs of an ecommerce site will be different from the needs of a primarily content-based site, and even among content sites, a text-based site will have needs that are different from a podcaster’s site. Naturally, site traffic also plays a role.

The sixth item on Supanet’s list is “web site security.” I’d be more surprised that this didn’t rate higher if it wasn’t for the nature of the qualities that rated above it. If a hacker breaks into one of your customers’ web sites, it can be a worse problem than if a thief breaks into a brick-and-mortar store. A hacker can do more than steal merchandise; he can vandalize the site, steal credit card and other information to commit identity theft, set up malicious scripts to download spyware onto the computers of web surfers who visit the site, use the site as a base from which to send spam…the list goes on. It could damage or destroy someone’s livelihood. Don’t let this happen to your customers; take web site security seriously.

Supanet says that being a “reliable hosting company” achieved the number seven spot on the list of items that are looked for by customers. This is a quality that is made up of other characteristics. Customer service is one; doing what you say you’re going to do is another. Also, since many web hosting customers know that the field is huge and crowded with fly-by-night operations, they want to know that you’re going to be around for a while. The best way to convince new customers that you’re reliable is by giving great service to the customers you have; time will do the rest.

The eighth item on Supanet’s list is “up-time reliability.” If you’re hosting ecommerce companies, their ability to serve their customers is directly related to your ability to serve YOUR customers. Your customers need to know that their web sites will be up all the time, that they won’t go offline unexpectedly, and that whatever glitches do come up at your end will be fixed quickly and efficiently. If you as a web host suffer a crash or otherwise let your customers go offline unexpectedly, then visitors cannot access your customers’ web sites (to say nothing of site owners’ inability to access their own sites!). A web site that can’t be accessed is worst than a “closed” sign on a brick-and-mortar store. If a web surfer tries to find a site and it’s not online, they may never try again. At least with a brick-and-mortar business, a potential customer may try the store again if it has hours posted as to when it is open.

The ninth item on Supanet’s list is “easy and fast access to your data.” This may be more important to content-based sites than ecommerce sites. Either way, customers see their web site’s content as their data; why shouldn’t they have a right to access it any time they want to? It has to be easy because not everyone who owns a web site is tech savvy these days, and there are few things as frustrating as technical barriers to what should be a simple process. Also, from a search engine optimization perspective, putting fresh content on your site on a regular basis encourages the search engines to index your site more frequently, which can help a site’s standing on the search engine results pages. To companies who receive a lot of visitors by way of the search engines, this is very important.

The tenth item on Supanet’s list is a “wide range of hosting packages.” This is reminiscent of item three, multiple hosting features. Customers want to know not only that you have packages that suit their current needs, but that you have ones that will suit their future needs as well. This way, it will be quite some time before they outgrow what you have to offer.

If you can provide your customers with all of the ten items that Supanet’s survey indicates are important, you will be in a good position to grow your business and build a reputation as an outstanding web hosting company. Hope this helps all the diving into web hosting..