A company, no matter how large, is only ever as strong as its weakest link. Now, in most cases, a company’s weakest link is its web server or its website hosting provider. Sometimes all the terms associated with web hosting can be quite confusing. When something becomes too complicated, many people abandon common sense and grab the first option that looks viable. This may sound neat in the abstract, but the following article will explain how to avoid the problem in the first place.
The features that hosting companies offer varies widely. Stick with the companies that offer the services you need. For instance, you may find that the lowest-priced provider no longer holds a cost advantage and you must choose a higher-priced package for the feature that you need.
Is shared or dedicated hosting the best for your business? If your site is very complicated, with a high volume of traffic, shared hosting may not be a good option. The bigger your site, or your plans, the more you should consider dedicated hosting.
Make sure to register your site’s domane name independent of your host site, so that you can retain control of it if there is ever a dispute between the two of you. You do not want a web host to be the one who has ultimate control over your proprietary information and domain name.
You should select a web host service that offers enough space for your site to grow. A single HTML page doesn’t require a ton of space; however, if you add items like videos and photos, you’ll need more space quickly. Be mindful of any storage space limitations a company might have.
Research each company you’re considering as a web host carefully before making your decision. Rates can vary with different host providers, and even though one may cost more than the other, it does not necessarily mean they are more reliable. If you need extra bandwidth, you will have to pay more for it. However, spending more money doesn’t guarantee that your site will have less outages.
When considering a web host, look to see if they offer money back guarantees. If you experience any problems within a certain period, you should be able to cancel and get your money refunded. You can usually expect a 30-day window. Unfortunately not all hosting providers can match the quality of service that they advertise.
Some web hosts use the services of a larger host to provide their offerings to you. Those companies buy large quantities of server space, and then rent it out at a premium to small sites. Determine where your site will actually be hosted, and make sure that you receive the best possible price of the two companies using the same servers.
Do you only have dial-up Internet service? Then don’t host your site. To be sure your website is being updated consistently, it needs a good connection to be consistently backed up. A slow internet connection can cause your site to go down, frustrating your customers and future clients.
You should now have sufficient knowledge to at least understand the terminology, and be able to recognize both the good and bad features of a website hosting company. If you already have a hosting account and are locked into a contract, you can notify your IT department that you are preparing your site for an easy transition.