Web hosting is exactly what the name implies; hosting your site on the world wide web. A www-host differs itself from any competition by focusing on certain aspects, such as limited down-time, minimal interference, and larger amounts of bandwidth.
Along with those three concepts, we will focus on some of the important features you should take into consideration when choosing a web host.
Resist the temptation to accept free domain registration from the same company you will be using for web hosting. There are many start-ups out there who may – or may not – be around for very long, and they probably will not give clients advance notice if they are going out of business. You will need to have immediate access to your domain registration if this happens, but may not be able to get it if they are out of business.
If you are considering using a particular web hosting site, read reviews about it. Specifically, check for reviews written by users of the site’s hosting services. Just as you wouldn’t make a major electronics purchase without first checking out product reviews, nor should you bypass looking at reviews for web hosting sites you’re considering using. Doing this now can save you frustration further down the road.
If you have been used to the same web host for several months, look at the availability of your website. An availability of 99% or more means your website is accessible all the time. If you notice a lower availability rate, look for a web host that does not encounter as many outages.
Not only do you have to select a reputable hosting company and choose a package, you must also decide between hosting types such as Windows, Unix, etc. You need to know what your options are and look into all available choices to see what is best for you and your business.
Choose a web host that charges a low monthly fee. You can usually find a quality web host for between $5 and $10 per month. You may also be able to save money by paying for 12, 18 or 24 months of service at one time, instead of paying for web hosting services on a monthly basis.
Consider using a free host to help you save money. If you do so, you may have ads pop up on your web site, and you will not have as much space for your files. Use this type of host if you have no other option, but also keep in mind that a more professional look can often be obtained by using a paid host.
Establish how much you can afford to spend on web hosting. You can get discounts if you subscribe to web hosting for a while year instead of paying a monthly fee. Perhaps you should start with a monthly subscription to see if the host you have chosen is reliable and switch to a yearly plan later.
If a host on the world wide web is able to maintain constant, dedicated server up-time and a bandwidth cap that is beyond the reach of common procedures; they will likely acquire a few fans.
Once you’ve got the hosting situation out of the way, you can move on to the easy decisions like design and marketing!