Ask these questions before deciding on a Web hosting service

10 questions for choosing a Web hosting service

Having a presence on the World Wide Web has become as common and as necessary for most enterprises as having a telephone number. Customers, clients, vendors, and investors all expect the convenience of a Web site. However, while this reality is well-known to you as an IT Professional, the fact is that not every enterprise is necessarily equipped or prepared to internally host its Web site. In those situations, third-party service providers may be called upon to host your Internet infrastructure.

The first step to take when choosing a dedicated Web hosting service involves a thoughtful analysis of what you want to achieve as an organization with regard to a Web site. TechRepublic's Making IT Work Audio Webcast: "10 questions for choosing a Web hosting service" takes you through such an analysis by tapping the considerable knowledge and experience of CTO Dick Tonnemacher, co-founder of HRSoft, Inc.

The first five questions in TechRepublic's Making IT Work Audio Webcast focus on the overall strategic needs of your organization and prompt you to consider the needs of your Web site for scalability in infrastructure and staffing. The last five questions in the Webcast focus on the tactical questions you will want to ask a prospective Web hosting vendor. The answers you receive will go a long way toward determining which vendors most closely match your expectations and strategic plan.

Before you make any decision regarding what hosting infrastructure you need to successfully manage your Web site, you will need to assess your current strategic needs. The choice of a third-party dedicated Web hosting service will depend on both strategic and tactical factors. By listening to TechRepublic's "10 questions for choosing a Web hosting service", you can get the answers you need to make the right decisions for your enterprise.

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