How to Choose the Right Web Host For Your Site!
If your like most people, the thought of starting an online
business or sharing information via a website can be quite an
ordeal. Or, perhaps you're an experienced website operator
that's been so wrapped up with expanding your internet real
estate that you've lost track of what services and tools are
available to you. No matter which category you fall under, you
need a good game plan for establishing your presence on the web.
With the constant changes and evolution of web services, you'll
need a trustworthy friend that you can count on to keep you
informed of the services and tools that are available to help
your operation run smoothly.
Well, that's exactly where GonzoWebHosting.com comes in! These
guys are NUTS! But when you're looking for quality reviews and
opinions on a number of different services and tools, they are
I had the chance to speak with Gaston Collins, President of
GonzoWebHosting.com to find out what a person should look for
when choosing web services like web hosting, autoresponders,
shopping carts, and more. I was amazed at some of the things
Gaston had to say during our brief conversation. I'm sure you'll
want to take notes as I did.
Shane: Gaston, first of all, who are you and what exactly does
GonzoWebHosting do? Do you offer web hosting services?
Gaston: Well Shane, I have a pretty diverse professional
background. I'm just an average guy that got started on the
Internet in the late mid to late '90s by sharing information.
That's really all I wanted to do. I had a successful career in
the cellular industry as a business owner and the Internet was
just a hobby for me. Of course the web evolved into a huge
platform for not only sharing information, but also a great
place to start a business with very little overhead or costs.
So, like many others I jumped on the bandwagon and started and
operated several successful online businesses - and I still do
very well with them. But with the continuing evolution of
services and tools for folks to sort through, it became obvious
to me that there are a lot of things that go into building a
website that some people may be overlooking. One of the most
important factors, of course, is web hosting. There's a lot of
pure crap out there. It blows my mind to still hear commercials
on the radio advertising basic web hosting for $30 a month and a
domain name for nearly $20 a year! There's nothing that a basic
hosting service can provide me that could justify paying $30 a
We decided to create a free service to help people decide which
web hosts provide a great value and, frankly, which ones don't.
Shane: The name GonzoWebHosting suggests that all your site
deals with is web hosting. Is that correct?
Gaston: No. Actually, we cover all of the necessities like
autoresponders, shopping carts, revenue sources web site
editors, and more. But web hosting is our primary focus. And by
the way, you won't find any $30 a month for basic web hosting
crap on our recommended list.
Shane: Well, that's a good point. How can a company offer the
same service for $30 a month that another company offers for -
say $7 a month?
Gaston: Well the truth is that there are a lot of folks that
just don't know any better. They might think that $30 is the
going price for web hosting. And some companies will gladly take
advantage of a newbie.
Shane: So getting to the main point - give us some tips that we
can use when deciding on certain web services.
Gaston: Sure. Let's start with web hosting. It's probably the
most important service you'll be using. First of all, if you're
paying over $10 a month for just a basic web hosting service,
you're getting ripped off. There are literally hundreds of
companies out there that would be happy to host your site for
under $10. But, even those companies aren't the same. You really
need to work with decent people that are easily accessible for
support or questions. You'd be amazed at how many companies
don't offer 24-7 customer support. In this day and age, 24-hour
support is absolutely necessary to have any credibility with us.
After all, most people work on their website at night or on the
weekend when they have the free time. If a customer has a
problem they shouldn't have to wait until the next morning or
even worst - a whole weekend!
Shane: So customer service is important -
Gaston: It's the MOST important thing. Hell, if a person can
grab a burger 24 hours a day, they should certainly be able to
get support for a service that they're paying for every month 24
hours a day!
Shane: Right, it's the most important. What about the monthly
Gaston: Well, obviously the cost is important, but we're really
only talking about a few dollars a month. What's even more
important than cost is the features that you get with your
service. The features vary among the many hosting providers. We
make it easy to understand the different hosting features that
are offered online at GonzoWebHosting.com - we really lay it all
out on the table.
Shane: What are some of the features that a person should look
for when choosing a web host?
Gaston: That really depends on what type of...
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