One of the most important steps involved in successfully launching a website is to find a good web host. Web hosting is the service that provides the server space to make available your site on the Internet, just like in the physical world.
This is akin to a place where your site will be stored, for easy accessing by internet users. Think of it as a space for rent in the virtual world. Though there are different types of web hosting services, finding one that will suit your purpose, and requirements are important.
A review of several web hosting services, reveal the most basic information a client must know in order assist in choosing a good web host.
Below are the 5 must know things when choosing a web host.
The first thing you will need to know is to determine how much storage space your website will require, If this will be a website that features videos, and pictures, then a standard amount of storage offered by web host company will serve your purpose.
If you intend to have a broader website that will involve active interaction and integration of commercial platforms, you should go for a larger or premium storage capacity.
Bandwidth is the amount of data (both for downloading and uploading), allotted to you by a web host. Internet users prefer a website that is informative, features with helpful tools. If you plan to have a lot of things available on your website that users can download, you will need more bandwidth. Therefore, choosing a web host offering more and flexible bandwidth should be a deciding factor.
3. Type of Website
The type of web hosting services you will need depends on the complexity of your website; each type of web hosting service has its own unique features. There are shared hosting, dedicated server hosting, VPS hosting services design to serve a purpose.
Web hosting providers have different support features, based on types of website. If you intend starting a website, and your major focus is to start with a blog, which is a great way to connect with your users, and have an active interaction. Do not make the mistake of choosing a web hosting service whose features and tools do not support blogging services. This kind of mistake could cost you a fortune, result in downtime, and inhibit some features on your website from functioning properly.
4. Help Desk
This is one of the most important features every web host should have, and potential clients should never overlook. A good web host must be able to provide full support to you at all times. This means there must be someone available, and willing to solve the problems that your website encounter anytime. It is only natural that an active team of technical, and support staff are at hand because, if your site encounters a problem you will require immediately help otherwise, your business is at risk of been destroyed if help does not come at the appropriate time.
5. Extra Features
Never underestimate the little things. Take the time to understand the extra (free) features that a web host is offering you. For example, things like free domain name may have hidden terms and condition (slow loading time, and hidden charges). Other vital points to consider are the discounts available if you sign up for a certain period of time.
These are some of the most basic things you need to know to start off right. No matter how excited you are, remember good planning counts. This is your business and providing a good playing ground towards the success of your business is important.
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