Now that you have your own domain name, it’s time to get your own web hosting account?
Regardless if you start an online or offline business, you will need to have your own website. You want control over this site and need access to it at any time, day or night.
You want the ability to upload any type of content to your site, such as word docs, pdfs, videos and mp3s. And the best way to do this is by opening up your own hosting account. Hosting costs a bit of money, but it’s well worth it.
Even though there are free hosting options out there, remember that free means you have limited control over your site at best. You could easily wake up one morning and the site along with all your content could be gone. Not good!
When you first get started with all this web stuff hosting (and everything else) can be confusing. Let’s make sure you have a good understanding, so let’s start with the basics.
Every webpage or blog has pages full of content including text, images and videos. For people to access these pages the entire site has to be accessible. This is done by purchasing a domain name and then placing the name and associated content on the internet.
The hosting portion is done by a hosting company. For a fee they will allow you to upload your content and make it viewable for visitors.
Hopefully you now understand why you need hosting. It allows you to have secure web pages on line and gives you control over how your site looks and what type of content you place on it.
Choosing Your Web Host
- Of course there are plenty of hosting companies to choose from. To help you narrow your choices in hosting, take the following into consideration and only then make a selection.
- Do you have a personal or business site?
- How big do you plan or growing your website?
- How much traffic to the site do you anticipate?
- Do you have a budget for hosting?
- Will you be uploading lots of images or videos?
- Does the host offer cPanel?
- What is the uptime of the host?
- Will you require a shopping cart and payment method?
- Do you plan on installing a forum?
- If running a business will you need to set up an affiliate program?
- What type of security measures does your site require?
- Does the hosting company offer website templates?
- Will your account allow for growth or upgrading if and when you require more space?
- Does the hosting company provide training videos?
- Is there 24/7 phone support or is support limited to chat?
As well as thinking about what features you want for your site you need to think about how much work you are prepared to do if things go wrong! Does the hosting company offer free support or will they charge you extra to go into your account and fix something?
Each web hosting company offers different packages and features. Go to your favorite search engine and type in “hosting account” to start your selection process. Make sure you compare apples to apples when comparing different hosting packages, such as:
- Disk Space
- Number of Domains
- IP Addresses
There are many, many companies offering hosting. Find one that meets your criteria and then call them to see how they respond. You might also go online and read some reviews (with a grain of salt…).
One last thought, you may want to go with a well established and respected host. Avoid companies without any track record whatsoever, at least I would.
What I have found to be most important to me, particularly when I first got started, was the ability to talk to a person. To pick up the phone and explain my problem and get help with it. And I still like to do that today.
So phone support is important to me. Another important thing (for me) is that my host offers CPanel, simply because I know it. And one last thing I want in a host is the ability to easily install WordPress, since this is the platform I use for all my sites.
Be sure to do your home work, your due diligence before you make your final selection and pick your host.