Friday, 15 December 2017
 
 
What To Look For In Web Hosting Selection PDF Print E-mail
So, you decided to host your domain or website on the World Wide Web. Good, do you know how to decide on the best web-hosting package? Let me help you with a few guiding points to make a good and informed decision. There are a great number of factors in choosing and I am going to describe each very briefly:

1.Reliability of the server and Uptime
2.Traffic Transfer or Bandwidth
3.Disk or storage space
4.Technical or service support
5.Add-ons capacity

Reliability of the servers and Uptime: The servers of the web host should be reliable and should have a continuous uptime of a minimum 99.5%. The server reliability translates into the availability of your website on the net. If someone tries to access your site and they get ‘server not found’ message too many times, they will shift their business elsewhere. A good web host will guarantee 99.8% uptime round the clock 7 days a week.

Traffic Transfer or Bandwidth: Traffic transfer or bandwidth refers to the capacity of the web host to accommodate simultaneous access to your website. This is measured by the bytes number (amount) transferred by your site when web surfers access your site on the web. All web hosts will charge for this service and there is no such thing as ‘limitless bandwidth’. It is good if you can find out the details before hand so as to avoid bad surprises with high bills for data transfer. A simple website will be comfortable with about 50 GB to 100GB.

Disk or storage space: As important as the traffic transfer size, is the disk or storage space. Similarly, you should look out for a minimum 200 MB. Many web hosts will and can offer you larger disk / storage spaces, which is absolutely fine. However, keep in mind that even if you are a totally professional site you may not need more than 5000 MB. So, a realistic move is to aim at 200– 1000 MB as disk/storage space.

Technical support: Look for history of the web host and find out their approach and time of rectification of different problems that can crop up with the server and sites. All web hosting entities will assure you of round-the-clock service seven-days-a-week. However, very few really function this way. It is very important to have a good service support so as to have an interrupted access to your site. Be careful of free services and false assurances in this field as it can destroy your business with lack of proper support.

Add-ons capacity: You should be able, unless you prefer otherwise, to add, update, and delete things in your website yourself. The most normal of these things would be managing your email, passwords and creating different accounts. There are more advanced features with the control panel of the host, which could allow you to add or delete extra items on your website directly. You should find out the amount of liberty your host can extend to you.

In case you are planning to run a business complete with financial transactions, order forms, you will need additional services like secure server for credit card encrypting and the like.

Other plus points are email auto-responders, mail forward, re-routing, and multiple accesses. This would ensure that your negotiations cover all bases.


 
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Cheap and Reliable Web Hosting Companies
Choosing a reliable web hosting company can become a daunting task if you are not sure of your expectations. There are some essentials to look for in a good web hosting company before making you’re your choice. It is necessary to ask yourself the following questions before continuing to freeze on a web hosting provider.

1) How much money is involved in getting your site up and running? There are affordable and reliable hosting providers who can make your site function, usually in 24 hrs.. Website hosting may not be the only influential factor for your site expense though. Others might include: SEO, Marketing etc...

2) How much space will your website need? It’s important to make sure if your site requires large database storage or simple static site with the use of less space.

3) Bandwidth should also be a criteria. If you run large files through your site every day, you may require more bandwidth. And for a static site, providing just the information about the company and contact details, you can go for lesser bandwidth.

4) Make sure, if your site requires any special software to run scripts correctly on your website. Check with the website hosting company before you make your choice.

5) Does your site require a database? It is wise to check with the hosting provider, if they can host a database and some providers host only certain types. If your website requires a database, check all the requirements with the web hosting provider.

Well, after you have asked yourself the questions above, visualize your site and its purposes. Have a neat navigation chart with links from home page to all internal pages and so on. Write down the function of each link on the website. It is better to work on it twice even three times so that when it is actually set up on your system, you and your hosting provider won't be surprised by any additional requirements which may arise that you have missed.

Its always wise to research multiple web hosting companies before you make your final decision. Go through their server software, technical requirements and hardware. Compare with other web hosting companies before you make up your mind.

Lastly, go through various forums pertaining to website hosting providers, you will find an abundance of good information.