A Beginners Guide To Finding A Proper Windows Hosting
So you have got your domain name purchased and now you need a hosting provider to host your website on. Where do you begin and what are the things that you need to know? Worry not, we got you covered.
First things first, what’s a web hosting?
In simple, web hosting is a server or a super computer that stores your website. Simple as that. Imagine a computer that sole function is to store other peoples website.
Imagine a shop where you store your good, your furniture and others. Instead of physical stuff, a host would store your images, music, videos and other related files such as ebook and programs.
More often than not, the term “web hosting” refers to the company that rent out their computer/servers to store your website (hence the word, host) and providing Internet connectivity so that other computers can access to the files on your website.
With that said, you will need to consider how much disk space you need. The bigger the amount of disk space, the more things that you can store on your website. Also, you have to consider the amount of bandwith that comes with the package. If your websites bandwith is breached, then your website will be down for the remainder of the month. It is more advisable to choose a package that offers unlimited bandwith. This way, a customer wont access to a down website.
Packages would usually offer unlimited amount of email account with the hosting package, which enables you to create emails for your team under your domain name, giving it a more professional look. It is always advisable to use a domain email for security purposes as well.
Once that is done, you should already read about the uptime of the hosting provider. The best guaranteed website uptime in the market is currently 99.9%, which also means that your website will be down for 3.65 days a year or 87.6 hours. Therefore, you should not tolerate anything more than that. Having a website that is always inaccessible will give visitors a bad impression and will not consider visiting your website anymore.
When it comes to choosing a hosting provider, support from the team is very important. You will want to select a hosting provider that provides 24/7/365 support, which means their customer support is on for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. This is to ensure that if you are facing issues with your website on a Sunday midnight, there will be someone there solving the issue for you. Again, you don’t want to have too much downtime for your website or else you might be turning your customers away.
Last but not least, something to compare would be pricing. There are a lot of hosting providers out there which offers 30 days or 60 days money back guarantee with their subscription. Those are a good point to start your hosting experience. 30 days would be ample time to test out what they are capable of. Also, you should always check if they offer a better price if you choose to pay for 2 or 3 years at a time. Those small amount saved here and there could get you an extra beautiful theme for your website.