Step 6: How To Choose Your Web Host

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Step 6: How To Choose Your Web Host

  1. 1. Step 6: You need a home on the Internet for your website HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WEB HOST
  2. 2. <ul><li>Step 1: How to set your website goal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 2: How to identify and target your market </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 3: How to write your content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you need a web designer? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 4: How to choose your web designer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 5: How to choose your domain name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 6: How to choose your web host </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 7: How to launch your website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why completing your website is not the end </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 8: How to promote your website </li></ul></ul>Part of the HELP I Need a Website! Series See the complete guide at www.realfreewebsites.com/website-plan i i
  3. 3. <ul><li>What is a web host? </li></ul><ul><li>Stores your website on a computer </li></ul><ul><li>Receives requests from visitors’ computers </li></ul><ul><li>Sends visitors to your website </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>First, decide what your hosting requirements are </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Bandwidth (volume of data transfer) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How much traffic are you expecting? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most websites will only need low bandwidth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Websites with a lot of large files (e.g. videos) may need more </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Disk space </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How much space do you need for your website files? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most websites will only need a small amount of space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Websites with a lot of large files (e.g. videos) will need more </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Server Side Language </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your website may be written using a specific coding language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What coding language are you/ your web developer going to use? </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Functionality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What specific features does your website require? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. mailing lists, databases, email forwarding, secure servers </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Now you can choose one of 3 types of hosting </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Shared server hosting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many clients using one shared server </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suitable for small to medium-bandwidth websites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideal for new websites </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Virtual private hosting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Partitioning a server into several virtual servers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For higher bandwidth websites </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Dedicated server hosting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One server per website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For large websites that require very high bandwidth </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Now decide which hosting features are important to you </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Are there guaranteed response times? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>24 hours a day, 365 days a year? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the process to get a human response? – Avoid web hosts with multiple layers of automated responses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you prefer speaking to someone, do they have a phone helpline? </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Server uptime </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do they guarantee a high percentage of uptime? </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Price </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Are there monthly or yearly fees? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are there hidden fees? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cheaper not always best, but not always worst either </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Geographic location </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Less important, but better if the server is close to your target market to maximize response times </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>What about free web hosting? </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Free Hosting? </li></ul><ul><li>Usually supported by advertisements </li></ul><ul><li>May suffer from poor server uptime </li></ul><ul><li>May have reduced bandwidth </li></ul><ul><li>Non-existent customer support </li></ul><ul><li>No grounds for complaints </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>How to make the final choice </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Read testimonials and reviews </li></ul><ul><li>While not always reliable, these can give you an idea about quality </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>Visit websites hosted by the company </li></ul><ul><li>Test the website response times (but bear in mind bad web design can also slow a website’s response time) </li></ul><ul><li>Contact the website owner for their opinion </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Take a trial </li></ul><ul><li>Look for a money-back guarantee </li></ul><ul><li>Try out the web host for a period </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>Without a good web host , your website will suffer. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose carefully, and start with a basic plan – you can easily upgrade later. </li></ul>
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. Ask the experts at guiding you through website development: www.realfreewebsites.com Need Help?

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