One aspect of owning an internet business that cannot be overstated is web hosting. Web hosting is the service that keeps your valuable website running during the day or night. So, along with designing your website and choosing a domain name, you will also have to subscribe to a web hosting plan.
Many online business owners do not give as much thought to website hosting as much as they do with designing their website. This is because they undervalue a web hosting service, as it is something that works silently. The only time when a web hosting service comes to light is when your website gets off the web due to some technical problems. This is because there is some problem with the web hosting server. If you are a beginner, here are 5 things to consider before choosing a web hosting plan:
Since there are thousands of web hosting companies offering various types of web hosting plans, you must understand that every plan may not be suitable for everyone. So how can one know which plan would be suitable for his business? To begin with, you must think about the purpose of your website. Are you doing a home business, an online store, a trading website or just blogging?
Your purpose will dictate your requirements and your requirements will dictate the type of web hosting plan you must go in for. For blogging you may require just text files. For an online store you may require images, videos, audio, flash animations, and other applications that require huge server space and huge bandwidth. This also means that you will have a lot of traffic on your website.
3. Web hosting plan
You must choose a plan depending on your requirements. Many web hosting companies offer an array of services, some are paid and others are free. Once you know your requirements, you can choose a plan that suits your business. You can go in for a plan with sufficient server space and sufficient bandwidth. By selecting the right bandwidth limit you will ensure that your website and applications load quickly, as customers do not like websites that take time to load.
Now that you know what your website is set to achieve and how many web resources you require, you must pay just for what you need, and not be taken for a ride by marketing tactics that make you pay for more than you need. At the same time you can avoid the trap of paying too less and being stuck with inadequate server space, insufficient bandwidth and unprofessional services. Make a note of every cost you incur, and these include costs associated with web designing, domain name registration and web hosting. If you want to run an online store where people would make credit card payments online, you would require extra services such as a payment gateway, shopping cart software and an SSL certification, and therefore you will incur extra costs.
5. Web hosting company
You may have to do some research or read some expert reviews and user reviews in order to find a reliable web hosting company that others are using. Some forums can help you with all your queries.
Besides cost, two important factors to lookout for, is good customer service and good uptime. The company should not only provide you with email IDs, but 24/7 customer care telephone numbers. Most companies claim to have 99.99% uptime, but reviews and forums will tell you the real story. Up-time is very important because you may lose customers if your website is not online.