What is Website Hosting and why do I need it?
Once you have a domain name you have to having hosting. You could equate this to buying/leasing/renting a storefront. You have your business plan, but now you need a place to house it. Generally, there is some type of monthly payment, whether a lease, rental or mortgage payment, but still a payment. The same is true for hosting.
What do I need to know about my website when considering a web hosting provider?
Website hosting can be a little confusing at first. Things that you need to know about your site are:
- What types of functionality do you plan to use on your site?
- What types of programs are you going to use to get that functionality there?
- Do you need a secure connection? You see this a lot with government sites or sites where you’re putting in confidential information.
- Even if you are going to gather confidential information, how you’re gathering it can be important to your decision making.
- How many pages do you plan on having?
- How much bandwidth are you planning on using? Some things that affect this are streaming video or music.
What do I need to consider when choosing a Web Hosting Provider?
Once you’ve nailed down your basic requirements you need to consider some basic requirements about your potential web hosting provided such as:
- What type of support do they offer?
- Is that support available 24/7?
- Is that support in English (or whatever language you choose)?
- How reliable are their servers – in other words how often would your site not be available because they’re having “technical difficulties”?
- What kind of tools do they offer to make your life simpler?
- How easy is the user interface to navigate or understand?
- Do you have to pay extra for email or is it included? How many addresses?
- Can you download your email to an email client like Outlook or can you only view it on the web?
- Can you view your email on the web if you don’t want to download it?
IFY Designs offer hosting solutions that have:
- Unlimited Disk Space – how much file size your site is using on the web hosting servers
- Unlimited Bandwidth – how much space is being accessed at any given time, think video streaming…
- Shared SSL Certificate
- Unlimited Email Accounts – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Webmail Email Access – check your email on any web browser
- POP3 Email Access – download your email to any email client such as Outlook, etc.
- 99.9% Uptime Guarantee – means your website is live the most it can be
- FTP Account – to upload new stuff if you have a mind to
- WordPress Hosting – awesome Content Management System (CMS)
- MySQL Databases – what any CMS system uses to manage their data
- Fast CGI – script processing
- PHP 5 – web language that most CMS applications are written in
- Streaming Audio/Video – think Netflix or YouTube
- And many, many more – if you don’t see what you need here, just ask
These represent the features of our Basic Web Hosting Service. We have other more advanced features for an additional cost.
For more advanced options, we have advanced solutions.
Contact us to see how we can meet those needs.