So you’re planning on creating a website for your business – or maybe you’ve already created it. But now where do you “put” it? You need to find a web host! Web hosts sell space on servers (that they either own or rent) for their customers to upload their websites too, and these websites can then be accessed from across the globe via the Internet. Many hosts specialize in hosting certain types of websites or may offer a range of other web-related services.
Choosing a web host for your business from the thousands of options out there can be quite a daunting task, but if your business is going to be successful, then you have to get this crucial part of the process right. The following tips will help you along the right path.
Firstly, you need to ascertain which web hosts offer the type of web hosting services or services relevant to your website. For instance, some hosts may specialize in social networking or blogs, whereas others may be experts in hosting online stores with shopping carts. Identifying which hosts suit your business will narrow the field somewhat.
Next, there are some main points that – no matter what your business type – you should always consider before making your decision. These are extremely important, and most other features come secondary to these:
Maintenance / Reliability
If your web host has maintenance problems, you may find that your website is offline much of the time, which will do nothing for your profits. You need a reliable site and should check that the servers run 24 hours a day – especially if you have a sales-focused site. It’s never a good idea to go with free web hosts because, as tempting as it may be in order to save money, you will often find these sites have more problems with reliability and security.
Space and Bandwidth
What types of files are you going to be adding to your website and how large are they likely to be? How many pages are you likely to have? What volume of traffic are you anticipating? These are all important questions to ask yourself before deciding on your web host, as the answers will greatly affect how much hosting space you need and what bandwidth you should be looking for.
So, creating your website is only the first step in engaging with your potential customers.
You must now ascertain the exact needs of your online business, and ensure you select the right web host to partner with if your online business is to be truly successful!