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Updated by Wendy Huffman on May 17, 2016
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Tips on How to Choose a Web Hosting Company

Here are important things to look for when choosing a web-hosting company.

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Make Sure They Have One-Click WordPress installation.

Make Sure They Have One-Click WordPress installation.

If you are new to blogging or website building, make it easy on yourself. Without the one-click install, you need to learn how to zip files, upload the files with ftp, and move them into directories, etc. One-Click is great and your WordPress site is up in minutes, waiting for you! See my blogpost on "What is Hosting?" Click to go to Dreamhost website to learn more.

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Choose a Company that has great customer CHAT support 24/7.

Choose a Company that has great customer CHAT support 24/7.

Chat should be available 24/7, so that if you are burning the midnight oil and get stuck while building your site, you have someone to reach out to. #hosting #websitetips

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Do They Offer a Satisfaction or Money back guarantee?

Do They Offer a Satisfaction or Money back guarantee?

The best guarantee I've ever seen is 97 days Money Back with Dreamhost. Perfect if you are just getting your feet wet. #newwebsite #webhosting

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Realize you are going to be in a long-term relationship with this company; Choose wisely.

Realize you are going to be in a long-term relationship with this company; Choose wisely.

If you start with a company and aren't happy; cut your losses and leave NOW. It probably won't get better and you will be more entrenched as time goes by. See more helpful info on my blog

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Multiple Email Addresses Are Included in Hosting Package.

Multiple Email Addresses Are Included in Hosting Package.

Some hosting companies charge for email accounts that use / go through your domain name, such as "info@yourdomainname.com." Others give you only one, included in the package. This is important for businesses and blogs creating a brand. You can have all emails forwarded to your regular account like Gmail, so that you don't have to login a separate account. Dreamhost offers multiple email accounts with hosting at no extra charge.

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Many offer A Domain name included with a hosting package.

Many offer A Domain name included with a hosting package.

Most companies will include a standard domain name for one year, either a .com, .org, or .info. There are many new options available; see my blogpost on Choosing a domain name for more information. #domainname #hosting