Confused about what Website Hosting Actually is?
Here at KWD IT, we are keen to support our clients, offering as much information about the process of designing, building, and maintaining a website. Below we have outlined the key points you need to know about website HOSTING. Whether you are considering having a new website, a rebuild, or simply looking to change your hosting provider.
What is Website Hosting?
When you set up web hosting with a website hosting provider, you are effectively renting space on their computer to hold your website. Your host, is the computer where your website files are stored. Your files are assigned a domain name, this is so that anyone can find your website on the Internet by typing in your domain name.
So….What is a Domain Name?
A Domain Name is the website address which people will type into their search engine to find your website. This usually consists of your company name, or something which represents your company and website…
How do you go about choosing the RIGHT Hosting Provider?
1. Reputation and Reviews
Before choosing a host provider, it is best to do a little research on the company, to discover how others would rate their services. A background check will help identify: how long the company has been in business, whether or not their customers would recommend them, and may offer some stats on their average downtime and scheduled maintenance. A Google search will also notify of you their average time to respond to a customer’s request.
3. Customer Support
In situations where your website has gone down, for example if you are hacked, you will need fast and effective customer support from your hosting provider.
A web hosting provider who is available 24 hours a day, assisting with technical problems, maintenance and security issues; is your best option. Many companies will claim to be fast and efficient. Your background check will indicate which ones truly are.
As your business grows, your web hosting provider should be able to easily upscale and upgrade the services you require, in order to accommodate the ever growing traffic to your website. For example, when you start your business, you may have limited traffic to your website, and therefore may only require a shared server. But, as your traffic grows, you may find you need to be switched to a dedicated server to deal with this traffic.
When it comes to web hosting, it really is a case of ‘you get what you pay for’. It may be most beneficial to consider the total price, as the advertised price plus the lost revenue from lower availability and less effective support.
What Are the Potential Consequences of Choosing the Wrong Provider?
There are a number of potential drawbacks to choosing the wrong web hosting provider, which could end up costing your business in the long run. Including:
* Damage to your brand
* Lower SEO ranking
* Limited security
It is important for both you and your web hosting company to backup your website’s files and other data.
It’s important to note, that not all web hosting providers offer a back up service. If you decide to host with a company which does not offer this service, you may want to make sure you have at least one backup option of your own.
Here at KWD IT, we offer a website hosting service. Here are a few benefits of hosting with us:
* Full administration access
* Up to date server software
* Free live migration
* High performance server
* Daily website backups
* Minimal downtime
* Free SSL certificates