In this article, we have compiled all the important information you need as a new webmaster to plan and successfully build your own website. There are three main steps you should consider: You should select a web host, domain name, and an application to create and manage your website content.
How to Choose Webhosting? Introduction for Beginners
Choosing a web host is the first step you should consider when you want to start a website project. To place your site on the World Wide Web, you would need a host. Your place on the WWW is worried thanks to the web hosting provider. The web hosting service includes the space where your website files are stored, the data traffic, and many additional services such as firewall protection, technical support, e-mail service, FTP access, domain registration, website building Tools and much more.
To select a web host for your site, you need to consider a few important points:
Price: Can it work with a free web host?
Many webmasters look for free web hosting providers, at least for their first website. This is understandable – you have no idea how to compare the hosting services and how to check the prices. Now if you start a website, you will see that there are some other things out there besides the price that are also to consider. For example, hosts publish advertisements on your websites free of charge or very cheaply, but without technical support. Below we have listed some of the most important factors that would help you choose host:
If you compare a few hosting providers that meet your budget and your technical requirements, it is recommended to review the customer feedback. A lot of information can be found in Google, Yahoo or in specialized hosting directories. The reliability of the providers can be determined by the following factors:
- How fast the vendors react to tech problems
- The operating time corresponds to the numbers in the index
- Customer Satisfaction
- Technical customer support
Technical support is always needed, at least from time to time. When you start building your web page, you will also have questions like: How to start; How to upload files; How to create an e-mail account, etc.
The answers to these questions will help you as soon as possible or even immediately. Therefore, your web host should provide 24×7 technical support. Your technical questions should be answered within 1-2 hours max. In addition to the speed of the feedback, you should also check the professional competence. And do not go looking for phone support – the phone support lines are always busy when you need them. The most efficient companies use ticketing systems. So you can list all technical details of the problem as part of a ticket. If all information is available, inquiry can be answered much faster and more accurately.
Hosting features: webspace, bandwidth, CPU, PHP limits, etc.
The characteristics of web hosting planning are growing all the time. 2003 was the max space per shared hosting 5 MB. In 2009, some providers offer almost everything unlimited. Attention! Read the terms and conditions to check what’s limited.
Provides hosting provider support:
E-mail, POP3, SMTP, IMAP, account confirmations, e-mail forwarding:
PHP, MySQL, Cron Jobs: The PHP / MySQL functions are becoming increasingly important for a dynamic website. Cron jobs would be used for programs that are used regularly (eg once a day)
Website Tools – Blogs, CMS, Galleries, Forums: Your host can provide you with free tools to create your website. Such tools are blogs, CMS, galleries, forums. These tools will make the work on your site much easier and will also save you a lot of money for web designers and developers.
E-Commerce Option – Shopping Cart, Secure Socket Layer (SSL):
If you plan to operate an ecommerce website, you will receive an SSL certificate and shopping cart. These facilities are usually expensive and include additional fees. You will definitely need an SSL certificate if you want to collect credit card information on your website.
This feature is especially important when you want to maintain your website or when the site is obtained from a prof. You can use the system control to make changes to your website, upload files, change passwords, add / delete an email account, manage databases, etc.
Dreamweaver, GoLive, Flash:
You might want to create your site using a website-building software like GoLive or Dreamweaver. In this case, you should check if these tools are available at your web hosting provider.
If you follow these basic guidelines, you will have a reliable, efficient and satisfying hosting service that promises success for your company for many years to come.