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Web hosting services comparison tool

Originally Published:
Jun 2018

Regardless of your industry or the nature of your business, an inviting website is standard operating procedure in the digital age—and the right web hosting service is often the most cost-efficient way to publish your website. This tool will help you make the best choice by enabling you to list each potential web hosting service in a side-by-side comparison.

Overview

The decision regarding which web hosting service provider to hire is critical to the success of your business and should be made only after rigorous research. There are dozens of features and factors to consider when choosing a provider and it can get complicated quickly. This tool offers a framework for a side-by-side comparison to help you sort through the options.

Comparison checklist instructions
The web hosting services comparison tool organizes features into two sections—tangible and intangible.

Tangible: In this section, features are either offered by the prospective service provider or they are not. It includes obvious considerations like cost, uptime, email accounts, and storage. Depending on your business needs, the lack of a certain feature in this category could eliminate a provider from consideration.

Intangible: This section contains features that are more subjective and amorphous, so the checklist asks for a rating. With the right negotiations and under the right service level agreement (SLA), it is possible for your rating of these features with regard to a particular provider to change over time. Again, depending on your business needs, these could be the features that eliminate providers from contention or raise a provider to the leading candidate. You can use the cumulative score as a reference, but some of the features may have to be weighted more heavily in your decision making. Note: The sample data provided in the checklist is for explanatory purposes only—check with the service providers for current and accurate information.

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