Tips on Finding a Hosting Service for your Business Website
by: Yvette McGovern
There are so many hosting companies offering to host your website for you that the choice may seem a little bewildering. If you are determined about having a successful internet business then you need to consider seriously which hosting company you are going to use for your website. It is almost expected nowadays that a company should have its own website, no matter how basic, and web site hosting has become an exceedingly competitive area. That is good news for any website owner because the amount of features offered by any web hosting service has increased while the costs have decreased. The only problem you might have is trying to decide which hosting service you want to trust your business with. Every business has its own different needs and it is important to weigh up the options that each hosting company you are considering actually offers.
Before you start checking out your hosting options it is important that you are clear about which services you want your hosting company to provide. Obviously you wouldn’t want your website to only be online Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. It is likely that you may be considering a hosting company based in your own country so that you can contact them easily but that is no longer necessary. Website hosting are located all over the world these days and it is often much cheaper to select a company based in another region if they offer 24/7 cover should your website have any technical problems.
The resources that you require from your hosting service will vary greatly depending on the functionality you want included in your website. For example, a purely informational website needs much less bandwidth from the hosting service than a website that is constantly being updated. The more interaction that you have on your website means that you require a greater bandwidth from your hosting company to work. If you do not have enough bandwidth then your website is likely to collapse as the volume of visitors to your site increases. This obviously leads to a higher cost for the website hosting service and a higher requirement for technical expertise from your hosting company. Online transactions or streaming media files on a website require more storage space on the hosting server too.
Some hosting providers will offer a private, or dedicated, server rather than one shared with other businesses if you have dynamic web pages and a lot of interaction for your visitors. A shared server is a more cost effective solution than a private server and may be enough to get your website off the ground but you are likely to have to migrate to a dedicated server with your hosting company at some point so make sure that they offer this service. The inclusion of automated systems by your hosting service is also a consideration to ensure that your business website is still online no matter what time of the day or night it is.
Security is becoming an extremely important issue due to the amount of hacking and viruses that attack websites on a regular basis. You have to be sure that your hosting service has all the latest defences in place on their web servers to prevent your website from being targeted and possibly destroyed. These include anti-virus and firewall protection. The more protection that your hosting company uses as standard the better.
The personal data that your customers supply when using your website is also subject to strict privacy laws and needs to be protected at all times. This necessity increases greatly if you accept payments on your website by credit card, online check or an electronic transfer. Your chosen hosting service has an obligation to ensure that all data taken from your customers via your website is totally secure. This also applies to the secure storage of backups that are taken of your website by the hosting company in case of severe server problems.