site online, when you think about it; it’s the only way you can do it.
No matter how large or small in content your web site happens to be it
has to go onto a web server. A web server is simply a larger and much
more powerful t:computer than your own. Your internet content simply sits
on this server for people to access and view your information. The web
servers are stored within data centers, all you are simply doing is
renting some space on the server.
will look after and update all software required to maintain your site,
they will also add all security patches making sure your content is safe
from hackers/viruses and unwanted spam. Once you register your domain
name (web site name) you have to have it hosted for the public to view
your information. If you run into any difficulties you will have a full
technical support team to help you out. To host your own will cost too
much on hardware, bandwidth and ongoing software updates.
will find that many are offering shared web hosting. Shared web hosting
is simply a server that has a number of different web sites sitting on
it simultaneously. You will be allocated a certain amount of disk space
on the server and this may allow you to have a number of web sites
hosted on the one server. Shared web hosting is a very secure service
even though you could be sharing the server with many different
companies. No other company will have access to your files. Many people
think that using a shared service will make the web site act very
slowly, this is totally incorrect, the information will be displayed and
downloaded equally as fast as if it where on the server on it’s own.
Web host companies offer shared hosting simply to use up all the space
on the server, there is no benefit to you or them having empty hard disk
opportunity or to sell merchandise online you need reliability. Downtime
costs you money so the less downtime you experience the better chance
of making money. You need to compile a list of questions to ask the web
host company when it comes to hosting your site. You need a guarantee
response time if the unthinkable should happen and the site goes
offline. You need 24 hour access to your files with 24 hour support if
you intend t:selling products online, most of your sales could be made in
the evening or night time so you have to have support for any issues
that could arise. Statistics are also important; you need to know how
many unique hits (people visiting your site) you are getting so you can
see the trend of people just visiting to those who are buying. Some web
host companies offer very substantial stats while others can be less
informative, you should ask for a demonstration.
Word of mouth is a great way to hear as to who is a good host and a
bad host. If you know somebody in a similar position to you, ask their
opinion from their experience. There are plenty of good honest web host
companies out there but like every market there are a few bad apples.
Ask the questions and make sure you are confident with the replies
before you join up.
Generally speaking no. If you are happy with your
questions answered and the company have 24 hour support to allow for
time differences you should have the same level service as if the web
host company was based just down the road. Some people think that by
hosting their website outside of their registered country they will lose
their domain identity, this is false e.g. if I was based in Ireland and
I had a computer website it would be something like
www.computerparts.ie The .ie is the identity of Ireland but if I wanted
this site hosted in the US I would still keep the .ie, there is no need
to change to .com. That’s the great thing about web hosting, the world
is your oyster and you can shop online globally until your are truly
happy with the service.