Today, it has become very easy to create a professional website for a business. All a person needs to do is buy a domain name, modify a template and upload his/her files to a web hosting server.
There are numerous companies that help people do this. Some companies may offer only one of these services, web hosting or domain name buying, whereas some others may act as one-stop shops that offer all these services under one umbrella brand. A few web hosting companies also help customers design their website from scratch and upload it to the server as well.
Before a person chooses a web hosting provider, here are some points they should consider:
Free domain name: Some web hosting companies offer a free domain name when an individual purchases a hosting package from them. Domain names on popular domain registration websites can cost anywhere between $10 to $20. Getting a free domain name will help you save money. It also gives a buyer the convenience of keeping the same company as domain registrar and web host both. The web hosting service providers offer free domain names for a particular period only after which the service demands a predefined fee.
Multiple domains: Most web hosting companies allow a person to host only a single domain on the web space they have bought, whereas some others enable one to host multiple domains. If at some point in future, an individual decides to start a new website, s/he will only need to register a new domain name before hosting it on the same web space. This will save down extra expense that could have been incurred on purchasing a new web hosting package. In fact, some web hosting providers allow hosting of unlimited websites on purchase of a single package only.
Storage: This refers to the amount of storage space that will be provided with the web hosting package. If an individual has a small website, s/he would not need much web space, and can select an economy package. However, there are some web hosts that offer unlimited storage space at the same price. A website may be small as of now, but the owner may consider expanding it in the future. If a web hosting company is provided unlimited storage space at no additional cost, then why not take it?
Bandwidth: This refers to the number of website visitors who can access a website at a single time. If a person has a news-related website or a shopping website, and expects a huge number of visitors to browse the website, then bandwidth is a very important factor. Basically, the more bandwidth you get, the better it is.
Server Operating System: A few technologies and coding languages can only be run on certain server operating systems. For example, MS Access and ASP.Net can only be run on Windows servers. Always choose a web host server depending on the technologies you will be using. While other servers may provide support for these technologies, individuals should find out if this support is available, before purchasing web space itself.