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The Start Up Spark has some great tips for small businesses on finding the right webhosting service for a website.
As the blog mentions, be sure you do plenty of homework before you decide who is going to do your hosting. For any small business price is going to be an important factor but you need to look beyond that.
Check to see what other small businesses are being hosted by the site and see what their experiences have been.
Also do an internet search of the companies name and you will most like find posting boards that talk about the service. While people on these boards tend toward the negative side, it will also alert you to issues that the company may have and that need to be avoided.
Also do not make your decision on what “free” items you get with your webhosting. I have seen webhosting services have all kinds of offer including free software but the free software is worth about what you pay for it. Do not use any of these free items to decide from one service over another.
Remember, your website is the first thing many of your potential customers are going to see. Make sure that you find the right web hosting partner for you and your business.