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Consonus offered one of the most interesting things I have seen from an IT Solutions and web hosting provider, they let you choose which datacenter you want your web server located in. I found this to be a unique choice I never considered before when looking at web hosting, but the state you host in can determine its availability and performance based on distance traffic has to travel to reach your site.
All of these are factors you need to consider when choosing a web hosting provider, make sure you do your research and find the list of features and functionality you are looking for. Check with other bloggers and web site owners, ask what they use and if they are happy with their hosting provider.
Nothing is worse than dealing with site outages, performance problems and it can cost you downtime and traffic to have to switch later on.