Choosing a host that meets your needs is important. You need to choose one that provides what you need, and doesn’t provide what you don’t need. You don’t want to get stuck out in the cold with a website that doesn’t function as you want it to, and you don’t want to be paying for facilities that you don’t use. So, take some time to write a quick list of what you’re looking for in a web host.
- How much money are you willing to spend? (setup fees, monthly/quarterly/yearly charges)
- How much data storage space do you need?
- How much data transfer allowance do you need?
- Do you require e-mail accounts? How many?
- Do you need access to a server-side scripting and database solution? (ASP, PHP, Cold Fusion, Perl, CGI, MySQL, Microsoft Access, FrontPage)
There are many more questions you could ask yourself – these are just some of them. You may also need to have a chat to your web host to make the final decisions on what facilities you need. For example, if you have five pages in your site with not many images or downloads you won’t need more than five megabytes of storage space. But if you have sixty pages of content and a large download directory, you’ll need a lot more space and lots of data transfer allowance if you’re planning on people downloading from you!
Today I’ve explained to you some of the aspects of web hosting that you should consider before choosing which SEO company you will trust with your important web site. You’ve learnt about scams and how to avoid them, and you’ve learnt the importance of choosing a host that meets your needs and is located close to you. My hope is that you’ll go out ready to make a decision now with more confidence and research behind your choice.