The conditions between one hosting server to the next aren’t often considered by the “average user” starting a website. Perhaps they don’t matter as much on that minute of a level, but once a corporation has been formed, it is crucial to make zero mistakes in your hosting choices.
Continue reading and you’ll learn a few ways to get closer to that magical “0”.
Look for the best hosting site for your domain name. Most free sites require you to put their name either before or after your site name in the URL. If you do not want this, you will have to search carefully for a host that suits your needs, even if it means paying for a quality host.
When transferring your site between hosts, have a copy of your website at both your old and new hosts for a few days. It’s important to do this because it takes 6-48 hours for the DNS to propagate. During this time, some visitors will be sent to your old website, while others whose ISPs have updated their DNS info will be sent to your new site.
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.
Ask about any security the web host may provide. Websites are under attack regularly, and there are very many other threats, as well. Ensure that the host you choose has clear procedures for handling threats like DDoS attacks. Ask your host how these attacks could affect your website.
You must be familiar with band-width, or the amount of data that is able to transfer in and out of your web hosting account. Different web hosting companies offer different prices on different band-widths, so you need to make sure you use this to help you make a decision as to who you should select for web hosting.
Read the terms of your contract before subscribing to a web hosting service. You should look for a guarantee that your content will be updated right away when you upload it to your server. Remember that your visitors want up to date content and you will not be able to meet their expectations with a slow web hosting service.
Choose monthly payments instead of one-time lump sums when negotiating with a web host. It is impossible to know how good business will be in the later months. You may lose money if your host’s service declines, it closes altogether or your website becomes larger than what the host is designed to handle.
While you may not make “zero mistakes” and no server is going to have “zero downtime”, you can certainly get extremely close to the two. This is possibly the most important aspect of your online-presence that operates entirely behind the scenes.
You can choose to dismiss the choice or you can prepare accordingly for a busy and profitable future.