:: Web Hosting
A website Host is typically where your website is located so that your visitors can access and view your web site using your domain name. The domain name, such as www.azerra.com is pointed to this hosting provider, which in turn points to your web site.
Many ISP’s allow you to host your site on their servers as part of your ISP registered account. They limit space for this to generally 5 to 10 Meg. This option also has many drawbacks in the area of support and services.
Your web site may need ecommerce capabilities if you have goods or services to sell. You may also have scripting or database requirements if your site needs to store and sort information. Free or ISP host services rarely provide this level of sophistication and their servers do not have the space to accommodate these features.
Finding a good hosting provider is a lot like finding a good business location. You need to find the right combination of services and facilities for your business, at the right price.
Website hosting is a very competitive business and the platforms used, services and storage space offered varies widely between companies. It is therefore very important that you don't sign up with a host provider without first understanding the needs of you new website. Let Azerra help you with this process.
Following are some basic issues to consider:
If you have spent time and money creating a fabulous web site and marketed it effectively you need to know that when people type in the URL the site will be there. Research the host and look for one with a Service Level Agreement (SLA) that matches your needs.
With all the news of hackers and viruses it will come as no surprise that your chosen web host needs to provide a high level of security. There are a variety of ways people can illegally access your site and damage your business. Whether hacking into the personal details of your customers or attempting to bring your site down. You need to understand the level of security a host is offering.
If your site's performance is slow or unpredictable it won't matter how good your product is, people won't come back. Ask about connection speed and some comparative examples.
Hosting companies store the files that make up your web-site on computers called servers. When you enter into a hosting agreement you pay for a certain amount of space on these servers. How much you need is entirely dependent on the functionality your site will offer. Most personal web sites would only require one megabyte of space. A basic professional site might require 5 – 20MB. A fully ecommerce enabled, content rich site could require 100MB or more. You need to discuss your requirements with the hosting provider. Keep in mind e-mail and images take more space than text. Make sure you ask what is included in the space you are getting.
When your site becomes an integral part of your business you may attract more and more traffic and want to add functionality such as e-commerce facilities. Make sure you understand the options to increase your space and functionality before you enter into a hosting arrangement.
6. Email capabilities
Most hosting providers will also provide e-mail accounts such as firstname.lastname@example.org. Ask how many e-mail aliases will come with your hosting agreement. How many will you need?
If you have a large site with a lot of traffic you may require 24-hour technical support. Ask what level of support the hosting vendor will provide. This should also be covered in the SLA. Are there people available day and night? How quickly will they respond?
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