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Finding a New Web Host

It may be time to find yourself a new web host. Here's how to tell.

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This story appears in the January 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Should you change your web-hosting company? Before rushing into anything, give your service a thorough assessment. "Ask yourself, quite simply, whether you've received the service you expected," says Sebastian Moser, U.S. director of technical development at 1&1 Internet Inc., a web-hosting provider in Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania. So what should you expect from a web host?

"First and foremost, it should provide speedy and reliable service, and give you all the tools you need to have a sophisticated and productive website at a reasonable price," says Moser. Before you switch, Moser suggests you ask yourself the following questions. If you answer yes to any of them, it might be time to change.

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