A web hosting package should allow adequate space for the content you will have now and in the future. It should be expandable as your business grows with the capability of providing unrestricted CGI access, SSH and FTP access as well as added features such as databases, scripts and software that supports things like shopping carts, ecommerce solutions, merchant accounts, and real-time processing. If you will use FrontPage extensions, Real Audio, Real Video, Shockwave, Java or similar tools, make sure that your web host supports them.Advertisements
It is best if your web hosting company has secure server capabilities and can offer dedicated servers with speed that is at least equivalent to a T3 connection to ensure your pages load quickly and your customers' transactions are secure. It is also important for your web hosting package to provide you with complete control over your website through an online administrative control panel. You should have unrestricted email services with the capability of setting up aliases and auto-responders along with easy access to reports and statistics concerning your website, its visitors and its activity.