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Finding a Home for Your Internet Enterprise - A Point by Point List

After much Net surfing and looking at all the offers you'vedecided to take the plunge! You've investigated a good namefor your idea. You've decided it's time to start searching for a home for your Internet vision. By golly, it's time to startyour own enterprise! You're tired of all the reading andresearch! You're ready to go mano-a-mano!

But,there are a million and one providers available! How do you choose? What should a first time entrepreneurget? Thankfully, there is a way to come upon a good choice!Read on and I'll explain what you should examine when makingyour selection.

The main thing to consider is what kind and how manydifferent services are you going to need. What do you think are the most basic things you want your website to do?Those are practical considerations since you don't want toleave out some essential service; all the same, you don'twant to buy more than what you really have to.

The general trend appears to be in favor of providers thatoffer many integrated services (built-in); it makes perfectsense getting all the services you'll need from onelocation. As an added bonus, it does make administration easier sinceyou don't have separate accounts to deal with. You'll alsosave money because the packages are less expensive thanbuying extra services piecemeal.

You do have to be careful when choosing packages because youcould pay a high price for things your startup can't use orwon't need!The trick is to get all that you need and provide a littleroom for future expansion. When it comes to this buyingdecision, pricing - though always important - should be yourlast consideration.

Services, room for growth and price are the basic elementsof your purchase decision. Let's take a look at each one:


You don't want to skimp on this one! Think about all thatyou'll need and get it. Mainly, you'll need a way to billyour customers, track their interests and stay in touch withthem.

You have to make sure your provider offers all theservices you're going to need to process Credit Cards andemail. In particular, services related to initial customercontact and follow up with sequential emails. Another itemto consider is the ability to track your visitors and learnwhat their interests are!

You should look to get as many integrated services as you can.That's so important because it's VERY expensive to order themafter the fact.

Room for Growth:

If you think you'll ever branch out, this is something toconsider: Will you be able to create additional Internetaddresses linked to your main account, at no extra cost?Some providers allow you to take advantage of that feature;a point well worth considering for future expansion.


When considering how much to spend, you have to take intoaccount all of the above plus your financial situation. Only you know how much you can afford to pay.

Extra Considerations

Since only you know what kind of enterprise is going toanchor your initial Internet adventure, you should considerall aspects related to it. As an example, if you're going tooffer sound and streaming video to your customers, yourneeds should be met by a provider that has all the specificrequirements needed for those services.

Hosting AND a source of Income

There are some providers that will offer you discounts orfinancial incentives to bring in subscribers. A point toconsider because you get two birds with one stone: A homefor your enterprise and a way to make a steady monthlyincome from your referrals. I've heard some folks are makinga very good living doing that!

Hunting for a place to host your Internet venture is a bigdecision that will affect your entire Web operation. You should take your time and consider all the angles.It's something so basic! Making the right choices will makeyour first Internet presence a streamlined and productiveaffair.

About the Author:

Francisco Aloy is the creator of The Newbie Business Guide.For more resources on website building, visit Mr. Aloy's Website and look at our section on integrated hosting.

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