What to Look for in Webhosts
Are you planning to get a webhost for your website? That’s a good plan. By getting a good webhost, you will be able to relax a bit since you won’t have to worry about trying issues such as bandwidth and storage.You also get to have user tools and most importantly – tech support if you encounter problems. But before signing up for a webhost, here are some things to consider to ensure that you get the best of what you’re paying for:
The reason why most people opt for getting a webhost is for the domain name. There are webhosts out there who offer less expensive services but they make domain names less attractive by adding additional parts to the web address. If you want your site to get good traffic, opt for a domain name that is straightforward (winebuff.com versus webhost.com/freesite/winebuff). Keep in mind to get a domain name that ends with .com as this is the most recognized ending of a site address.
Take a look if the host has a user-friendly interface. If you are a novice and are still learning the ropes, then find a host that allows you to easily upload and edit pages.
Get a webhost that offer a competitive storage package. Freesites are well and good, but they do have minimal storage capacity. If you plan to have a website that has a lot of multimedia and downloadable content, then a paid site is a better option.
If you expect to get a lot of traffic to your site, make sure that your host allows enough bandwidth, or a host which allows tiered pricing packages. Start with a pricing package with bandwidth that suits your immediate needs. As traffic grows and you reach a point where your site almost or already exceeds the allowed monthly limit, then adjust accordingly.
One other thing. Read the terms of service before signing up. Make sure that the web host allows you freedom for your needs (i.e. adult content). You wouldn’t want to have your site taken down just because you failed to read the finer print.
April 8, 2009 Wednesday at 1:25 am