was recently given a short article from a consumer magazine
for small businesses. This article was about choosing a
web hosting company. While many of the points in the article
were valid, some were questionable.
there are different sizes and prices available in web hosting
companies. You do need to make sure that a web hosting company
can meet your needs. If they can't provide a service that's
critical to you, what good is that web host for you, no
matter what the price? Discuss your needs with us and we
will let you know if we can fulfill them.
of you familiar with LCR already know that we never hide
behind marketing fluff. We'll let you know if we can't meet
all of your critical needs.
what questions weren't included in this article? You need
to know if the company you're investigating does the hosting
themselves or if they farm it out to someone else. I have
seen many ads for web hosting and usually I can tell by
reading them if they do it themselves or subcontract it
out. By the way, we do our own web hosting. It's all right
here in Woodstock and not 'somewhere else'.
question we consider very important is "Do you provide
e-mail virus scanning?" Very few ISP's can answer yes
to that question. Here at LCR, we do provide virus scanning
on all e-mail accounts.
article asked questions about maintenance and support. This
goes hand in hand with the question I posed above. Do they
do their own web hosting or do they farm it out? If they
subcontract it, are you even allowed to know who is doing
the actual hosting?
support? Are we here 24x7 to answer your questions? No.
We admit that right up front. But our systems are monitored
locally and remotely, not only to see if they are up and
online, but also to check for security breaches in the systems.
We have text messages sent to our cell phones, so that if something goes wrong
in the middle of the night, we can fix it before you find
out in the morning!
Over the years, we have always tried to be able to maintain to the
highest standards of reliability. Along with that we have worked on
being able to maintain our systems even if we are off site. So far that
we have been sucessful in having very good uptime and there are very few
issues that we can not quickly care for even when off site.
Yes, we are Ipv6 ready! If you need more info on what IPv6 is a good source is the wikipedia on IPv6. It's coming as the current IP
numbering scheme is running out of usable numbers. Here at LCR, we are not sitting around
waiting for the change to be forced on us. We have taken steps to be ready NOW.
If you have any questions about our IPv6 readiness, just contact us and ask!