Choosing Your Own Web Hosting
Building a website is intimidating enough—especially if it is something that you have not ever done before. Many newbies are scared of the process, especially when they don’t have anybody to help them. You might even feel that you are risking something important when you try to build your own site. Be careful not to reveal too much about yourself, especially in the beginning and take care to make sure that your personal information is protected. One of the best things that you can do for yourself when you want to build your own website is join up with a reputable web hosting company. How do you know which web hosting company is right for you?
What kind of e-mail set up do you require? E-mail marketing is common place for most of us, but it is good to double check to make sure your hosting provider can accommodate your needs. When you have a project that involves a lot of independent contributors, it is nice to provide those contributors with their own project e-mail addresses. If this is the case you’ll want to make sure that your hosting company’s e-mail program is set up to meet your extensive requirements. Pay attention to the e-mail options with each of your hosting options and choose the host that best meets your needs. Do you plan on building a single site or a network of sites? If you only want to build a single site you have plenty of cheap options available to you. When your project is bigger and involves more than one site, you’ll want to buy hosting that lets you host several domain names on a single account. Many hosting companies will limit the amount of sub and add on domains you can have. The more complicated your project is, the more complicated your hosting needs will be. Your priority should be finding hosting that will meet your needs without charging you exorbitant rates to do so.
Ask web developers you trust which hosting they use. Reviews on forums and official websites can easily be doctored—the best source of non solicited advice is your site developer friends! Most web builders and developers are more than happy to share their hosting preferences for people who need help making a decision. Some site developers will even let you share their server space while you figure out which hosting options are best for your project. It is not uncommon for a site owner to sell server space he isn’t using as a way of earning extra money. To buy server space for a good price (on someone else’s account) ask your site builder friends for good deals. From the amount of space you get to the amount of money you’ll pay for it, the criteria for choosing web hosting vary depending on the person doing the choosing. Don’t choose to quickly—make sure you check out all of the options that are available. Go slowly and figure out exactly what you want to accomplish before you begin trying to figure out which hosting option best meets your needs. Figuring out what you need will help you narrow your focus and help you choose the hosting program that best suits your needs.