Before you can get your web site live on the internet you must buy some web space in order to display your page to the global audience.
This article will give you a few handy tips for those attempting to buy some web hosting for their site.
Type of web host
Before you start any searching for your web host it is important to determine what type of hosting you would like – whether it is free or at the cost of a fee. The majority, if not all, of free web hosting sites will give you a domain extension in return for the free hosting, for example; www.yoursitename.webextension.com.
These free web hosts are a really good starting block for novices and beginners or those who want to experiment with what they can produce on the web. If you want to take things a little more seriously, however, it is highly recommended to use a paid-for service.
Do they have a site builder?
Again, depending on your web experience, you may or may not require the aid of a site builder. Some web hosting companies offer this service so you are able to create your site from an on-page editor and, in some cases, you will be able to select from a range of templates to help begin your build. Even if you are a fairly experienced web user, don’t be dismissive of site builders as they offer a quick-fix and can still give your site a professional look.
Moving hosts can be a pain if you’ve bought into the wrong type of package so make sure that the amount of web space you’re buying is enough. The average web site doesn’t even use 50mb of space while ambitious hosting companies can thrust 25gb deals upon you so try to find a happy medium.
If you’re unsure on how much space you might need, go for a lower price plan with the option to upgrade at a minimal cost. However, if your website is getting thousands of visitors a day then you may want to consider “dedicated hosting” which will mean that your site has its own specific sever.
There are likely to be two different ways that you will be able to upload your web pages so be sure check out what service your prospective package offers. The more straight-forward method will involve a basic uploader system where you browse for your page from your local files and then click to upload – this is a similar method to say; uploading a photo to Facebook.
The alternative is FTP – or File Transfer Protocol. For this method, you will need to use of an FTP client software to upload your files.
If you’re contemplating a particular web hosting site, be sure to check if they have a existing client list and get in touch with some of those clients and ask them about the service they’ve received. Has it been reliable? Has it been value for money?
In addition, make sure to test out their customer services before you decide to sign up. Some companies offer a 24/7 live service. Test them by dropping an email to them over the weekend or during evenings and see how long it takes to get a response. If you’re receiving good feedback from clients and instant responses to contact with the customer service team then you could be on to a winner!