One of the benefits of having a website presence for your business, is the option of remaining open around the clock for a very little price, and it is imperative when choosing a professional website host, that one is chosen that is reliable.
A key factor in determining your professional website hosting company should be the location of the hosting company server, and the location of your target audience. This is valuable to the website page ranking, when doing a search. For instance, if a business is looking to attract a UK audience then the logical thing to do will be to get a UK website hosting company – as if someone is doing a search for a product on the internet, and that person is in London, then the search engine will first return websites that are hosted in the UK, before returning results for websites hosted in the US for instance.
There is an ongoing monthly fee for most if not all professional website hosting services, therefore, if you are thinking of a business online – do I need professional website hosting is the question to be asking.
A website is simply a collection of similar files that are interlinked together and can be accessed on the internet. These files, to be accessed on the internet is stored on a computer/server somewhere, and is accessible via a domain name or url. The computer/server which host these files is a website hosting server. A website can be hosted on a computer at an office or at home with assistance of a web server software, such as WAMP or MAMP or XAMP. The risk associated with running a website from a local computer is that of power outings, backups, safety of data, reliability of internet provider amongst other things.
In addition to the location and reliability of the hosting provider, one should also consider what services the professional website hosting provider is offering and whether or not this is what is required to offer the services and products of the business. For instance, we would not like to have to use a sledge hammer to kill a mosquito, even though we can. It may well be that the nature of the business means, it is best to have the website hosted on a local computer, it may also mean a free hosting service is best for the business.
Some of the common things to take into consideration when looking for a Professional Website Host are:
- Bandwidth – the amount of traffic/visitors allowed on website in a period
- Hosting space – the amount of physical storage
- File limits – amount of files allowed
- Email accounts – number of email accounts that can be setup/use
- Database – number of databases allowed
- FTP access – ability to remotely upload files to/from server
- Database systems – types of database can be used
- Website Builder Software – types of website builder software available to help get you started
- Domains/Sub-domains/Addon Domains – number of websites that can be hosted
- Website Services – additional services offered to power your website
Professional Website Hosting can be obtained for a very little price. Yep, a very little price,as it is not free. Once a business decides to have an online presence, the business should also understand the cost in the venture, and understand what is to be the outcome of these investments associated with an online presence.
The answer to the question on whether or not one would need professional website hosting, depends on whether there is the funds available for the venture of obtaining and maintaining an online presence, and also on the business requirements of its online presence, that is, what the business would like to achieve with its online presence.
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