Once you decide to go online, not only do you need a website, but you also require a web host to get your website “online.” Just like you searched for a good website development firm to design your website, you will have to search a reliable website hosting company that can help you get your website over the internet.
Hosting the site includes getting a server on which all your webpages will be stored. It will give your website a physical address and enable people from around the globe to access site through that web address. However, there are few things you need to consider when searching for a website hosting company. But, before we discuss that, let’s get a brief about what a best hosting company means for your business.
A hosting company is an agency that owns and maintains one or several servers, which are nothing but specialized computers to store all the files of your website and make them available to people over the internet. Though, you can even setup your own server, purchasing it from an accredited hosting firm will bring with it access to various scripting languages that they support as well as the traffic statistics at pocket-friendly prices.
Now, let’s take a look at your needs that will determine the hosting company you choose.
Disk space is the foremost thing that distinguishes hosting plans from one another. The server space you get is similar to computer hard drive. Hence, the amount of space you get over the server to store your web files will determine how many images, content, webpages, etc. you can include.
In simple terms bandwidth is “the transmission capacity of a computer network”; however determining the bandwidth requirement of your website involves calculation involving the size of every file that are visited multiplied by number of time it is visited. For instance, if one of your webpage is 11KB in size and contains two 7KB images, this adds up to 25KB of information to be transferred over the computer network every time a visitor visits the page. Hence, if about 500 visitors visit the page in one month, the total information transferred will be 12,500KB or about 12MB. Similar, calculation will be carried out for every visited page, along with videos, audios, and other files transferred over the network. Most of the hosting companies set a limit on the bandwidth available for use every month; thus, it will be important to compare this while choosing a hosting plan and provider.
When getting a hosting server, some things to check out are mailbox storage size, the number of email addresses you can have, POP3/SMTP service to send and receive emails from your account, online email access, etc. You will have to take into account your company’s current as well as future needs while evaluating this.
Scope of Future Amendments to the Website
Whether you have in-house website development team or you want someone else to do the work for you, there’s another option that you get when you look for a hosting company. This is website maintenance as part of hosting package. A lot of people actually find this an attractive option and look for such an add-on in their hosting scheme. However, you need to keep a check on two things–one, is the time-frame in which changes will get completed and two, can a third party make changes?
An important aspect of every business is customer support. Majority of hosting companies offer support thorough email and phone. Some companies even also offer “live chat” over the Internet during the day. So look for liable support option, you never know when the support need arises.
The above mentioned points will surely help you in your search for a reliable website hosting company to setup your website over the internet.