Let’s continue with part three of the Business Web Basics series. Today we will learn how to choose a good host for your website.
There are so many considerations to make when you decide to build a website or self-hosted blog. Aside from the domain name, design, content, and theme you’ll have to also pick an appropriate web hosting company. When making the choice between companies please consider the following:
Your skill level — If you are not sure what a DNS is, or you don’t know what FTP is, then you might want to consider hiring a smaller firm to help you because you’ll get a lot more customer service. Alternatively, you might consider allowing your web designer to recommend someone or host your site for you.
Site size & Traffic — The size of your website matters too because you’ll need to know how much space to buy. There are reseller accounts you can get that cost 20 dollars a month or less which will allow you to grow a lot bigger so make sure you consider the size of your site. You’ll need to know how much bandwidth you’ll be using, which is determined by the amount of traffic you have, plus what type of files you have on your site.
Platform — This means you must know what software you plan to use to build your website to know what type of hosting you will need. Some hosts have limitations on the type of files you can upload, so make sure you check with each host that you are considering that they accept your file types.
Reliability — You’ll need to know what types of reliability guarantee your host will offer. You want a host which should have an “uptime” of at least 99% or as close to 100% as possible. Nothing is more frustrating than having your site be unavailable. Don’t just trust what the host says is their uptime, do a Google search to make sure they’re being honest.
Rumors — While you don’t always want to listen to rumors when it comes to servers do check the reviews out there on the Internet to make sure you pick something that is recommended. If your friends will recommend it, it’s probably good to use when it comes to the net.
Security — If you have a huge website that is 100% of your income and cost a lot to build and maintain you might consider paying the cost for premium services that will back up your site totally and maintain your site security for you. You’ll pay more for this type of service but it will be worth it if your website is your bread and butter.
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Coming up: why WordPress should be your choice of website platform.