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Step 6: How To Choose Your Web Host

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Published on May 8, 2008

Author: RealFreeWebsites.com

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Make sure you plan your website right! This is the sixth in a series of website

development by Real Free Websites.
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Step 6: You need a home on the Internet for your website HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WEB HOST

Step 1: How to set your website goal Step 2: How to identify and target your market Step 3: How to write your content Do you need a web designer? Step 4: How to choose your web designer Step 5: How to choose your domain name Step 6: How to choose your web host Step 7: How to launch your website Why completing your website is not the end Step 8: How to promote your website Part of the HELP I Need a Website! Series See the complete guide at www.realfreewebsites.com/website-plan i i

Step 1: How to set your website goal

Step 2: How to identify and target your market

Step 3: How to write your content

Do you need a web designer?

Step 4: How to choose your web designer

Step 5: How to choose your domain name

Step 6: How to choose your web host

Step 7: How to launch your website

Why completing your website is not the end

Step 8: How to promote your website

What is a web host? Stores your website on a computer Receives requests from visitors’ computers Sends visitors to your website

What is a web host?

Stores your website on a computer

Receives requests from visitors’ computers

Sends visitors to your website

First, decide what your hosting requirements are

First, decide what your hosting requirements are

Bandwidth (volume of data transfer) How much traffic are you expecting? Most websites will only need low bandwidth Websites with a lot of large files (e.g. videos) may need more

Bandwidth (volume of data transfer)

How much traffic are you expecting?

Most websites will only need low bandwidth

Websites with a lot of large files (e.g. videos) may need more

Disk space How much space do you need for your website files? Most websites will only need a small amount of space Websites with a lot of large files (e.g. videos) will need more

Disk space

How much space do you need for your website files?

Most websites will only need a small amount of space

Websites with a lot of large files (e.g. videos) will need more

Server Side Language Your website may be written using a specific coding language What coding language are you/ your web developer going to use?

Server Side Language

Your website may be written using a specific coding language

What coding language are you/ your web developer going to use?

Functionality What specific features does your website require? E.g. mailing lists, databases, email forwarding, secure servers

Functionality

What specific features does your website require?

E.g. mailing lists, databases, email forwarding, secure servers

Now you can choose one of 3 types of hosting

Now you can choose one of 3 types of hosting

Shared server hosting Many clients using one shared server Suitable for small to medium-bandwidth websites Ideal for new websites

Shared server hosting

Many clients using one shared server

Suitable for small to medium-bandwidth websites

Ideal for new websites

Virtual private hosting Partitioning a server into several virtual servers For higher bandwidth websites

Virtual private hosting

Partitioning a server into several virtual servers

For higher bandwidth websites

Dedicated server hosting One server per website For large websites that require very high bandwidth

Dedicated server hosting

One server per website

For large websites that require very high bandwidth

Now decide which hosting features are important to you

Now decide which hosting features are important to you

Support Are there guaranteed response times? 24 hours a day, 365 days a year? What is the process to get a human response? – Avoid web hosts with multiple layers of automated responses If you prefer speaking to someone, do they have a phone helpline?

Support

Are there guaranteed response times?

24 hours a day, 365 days a year?

What is the process to get a human response? – Avoid web hosts with multiple layers of automated responses

If you prefer speaking to someone, do they have a phone helpline?

Server uptime Do they guarantee a high percentage of uptime?

Server uptime

Do they guarantee a high percentage of uptime?

Price Are there monthly or yearly fees? Are there hidden fees? Cheaper not always best, but not always worst either

Price

Are there monthly or yearly fees?

Are there hidden fees?

Cheaper not always best, but not always worst either

Geographic location Less important, but better if the server is close to your target market to maximize response times

Geographic location

Less important, but better if the server is close to your target market to maximize response times

What about free web hosting?

What about free web hosting?

Free Hosting? Usually supported by advertisements May suffer from poor server uptime May have reduced bandwidth Non-existent customer support No grounds for complaints

Free Hosting?

Usually supported by advertisements

May suffer from poor server uptime

May have reduced bandwidth

Non-existent customer support

No grounds for complaints

How to make the final choice

How to make the final choice

Read testimonials and reviews While not always reliable, these can give you an idea about quality

Read testimonials and reviews

While not always reliable, these can give you an idea about quality

Visit websites hosted by the company Test the website response times (but bear in mind bad web design can also slow a website’s response time) Contact the website owner for their opinion

Visit websites hosted by the company

Test the website response times (but bear in mind bad web design can also slow a website’s response time)

Contact the website owner for their opinion

Take a trial Look for a money-back guarantee Try out the web host for a period

Take a trial

Look for a money-back guarantee

Try out the web host for a period

Without a good web host , your website will suffer. Choose carefully, and start with a basic plan – you can easily upgrade later.

Without a good web host , your website will suffer.

Choose carefully, and start with a basic plan – you can easily upgrade later.

You’ve now seen how to choose your web host. This is the SIXTH STEP in the process of good website design. See the complete guide at www.realfreewebsites.com/website-plan

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