No matter what kind of business you got yourself into, you will need a website. You don’t have to be Einstein to understand web hosting, but it can certainly be put in a way that’s easier to understand. So here is my shot at it.
What is Website Hosting?
Website Hosting is when a company provides a server on lease or provides access through their server along with an internet connection to another company to host their websites online. Companies which offer such services are called Web Hosting Providers or Hosting Companies.
Price and Features
The best method of finding a website hosting package from a company to suit your needs is to check on their price and features. The first work of a website hosting package is to manage your web space or the main file. Significant website hosting system files such as your public_html sub-folder that let people check out your site as long as you want are saved in this directory. Another task is protecting your website content.
The subsequent job is to make sure you are in a position to use the package features such as e-mail account creation etc. by managing the set of tools (Control panel) which is available with the package. One excellent company I often recommend is Bluehost (read it here).
The Most Important Features
There are a lot of such packages in the market with diverse characteristics. The essential features, however, are the same in all website hosting packages. Some features available are.
- Amount of Storage: The selection of package should be decided by the size of your site and the number of gigabytes of storage you need.
- Amount of Bandwidth: In a month, the amount of upload and download of data that a user can carry out on a website is referred to as bandwidth. When you go beyond your website hosting package limit, you will be charged an additional fee or your site will become inaccessible.
- Managing Domains and Subdomains: The ability of extension and incorporating a variety of subdomains is an excellent feature to have in a package.
- Additional Features: Check if the package provides other features such as e-mails, the addition of widgets and applications such as a mobile application which allows you to access your site administration, etc.
- Tech Support: It is critical to know what type of support your package offers such as email, ticketing, live chat, etc.
- Language Support: Make sure that the package offers support for various server languages other than PHP.
- Site Backup: Just because your site is connected to the internet doesn’t mean there is no chance of data loss. Ensure that your package offers site files and database backups.
- Operating System: If you are using Open Source language then you don’t have to worry about the distribution. However, if you are using ASP.NET, it requires Windows hosting which is expensive, though most hosts provide options.