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The Search For The Perfect Web Host
Looking for a hosting service for your Web site? Read this first!

| Survival Of The Fittest |

Up until a few years ago, the Web was considered the sole province of geeks and nerds, pasty-faced individuals with massive egos, thick spectacles and a penchant for stale pizza. Then came Yahoo! and Amazon.com, and the Web was suddenly transformed into SillyCon Valley's flavor of the month. As pimply thirteen-year-olds found themselves being courted by venture capitalists and new economy jargon - think "angel" and "ESOP" - found its way into the popular lexicon, companies with no business model and an even smaller likelihood of profitability were floated on public stock exchanges, turning their not-quite-adolescent founders into multi-billionaires and proving once again the old saw about a fool and his money...

Naturally, this happy state of affairs was not destined to last long.

In early 2000, the NASDAQ tanked, sending shock waves through the industry and demonstrating clearly that in the new economy, the old rules still applied. As the first flush of passion faded and investors hunkered down for the long haul, a number of new dot.com companies found their extravagant marketing budgets slashed and their requests for additional funding denied. It was survival of the fittest in the Valley - and Darwin would have applauded!

What does all this have to do with anything, you ask?

Simply this. Regardless of whether you're an individual entrepreneur or an established company, there's never been a better time to take your brick-and-mortar business online. Technology is becoming cheaper all the time, companies with a proven history of profitability are back in demand, and the Web is slowly becoming all-pervasive. And as you go about the nitty-gritty of e-enabling your business - picking a catchy name, designing your Web site, creating your electronic identity - it's essential that the foundation on which you build your e-business - your Web host - be solid, secure and dependable.

Now, at Melonfire, we recently went through an exorcism when our hosting providers informed us that they would be unable to meet our demands of their service. Consequently, we were forced to look for a new vendor, one which offered the depth of features and quality of service we were looking for at a competitive price. During our search, we learnt a great deal about the questions you should ask a hosting provider before putting your money down - and we hope that our efforts are helpful to you when you begin looking for a hosting service for your new e-business.


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