Web Hosting: Know Your Host
There are a lot of free hosting spaces for websites but if you want to look professional, you should get a hosting package from a reputable web hosting company now.
So you have your domain registered and a basic idea of what your website is going to look like as well as its basic function. You’ve hired the help of web designers, content managers and graphics designers to help you create a visually stunning website that has relevant articles for your customers to read. You’ve also employed the help of Search Engine Optimization specialists, back linkers, Social Media Marketers and others who can help you raise your page ranking immediately.
It seems like you have everything needed to come up with a successful website.
Wait, you need a hosting company for your website! And nowadays there are a lot of web hosting companies that you can choose from. The question is, who are you going to choose?
What are the things you need to look for in a good hosting company?
This is the crucial part: Getting to know your host.
There are many established hosting companies out there today and you should take this into consideration when you pick one.
- 99.99 percent uptime – This is the most important since your website will be your main representation of your company to your customers. You have to make sure that your website is always online since it will act as your 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year marketing tool. Any time it is down, you potentially lose an x number of customers. The more popular you are, the more customers you lose. So every second counts.
- Customer Service – A web hosting company without a customer service available is a sure sign of unreliability. There should be multiple means for you to communicate with them and a guarantee of 24 to 48 hours response time. As stated above, every second counts!
- Allocated server space – A hosting company caters to a number of companies who have websites. These websites are allocated in their designated server spaces. You need to determine how much space you can get for the price you are paying whether on a monthly or yearly basis. The size you pick should be enough to house the data used on your website. They should also have provisions for you to expand should the need arise.
- Price – Last but not the least is price. Remember, having a website is a business expense and hosting is an additional cost. Find the most cost efficient hosting company that has the right solutions for your business needs and budget.
Signing up with any hosting company is a commitment between two parties so make sure there is a written agreement or a contract with their stated services provided to you so that everything is well laid out.
And now it’s time for you to have all the people you hired create that dream website and upload it to your hosting package and start promoting it to everyone around you!