Choose Web Hosting Beginner’s Guide

When you decide to have your website on the Internet for the reason you may have (corporative presence, business presence, entrepreneur for business, etc) you need to design your website or a web page.

Must beginners have a basic website in WordPress or Joomla since they may not have enough money or the budget could be tight. The first thing you need to consider is to use a blog in some of the available options. You have to define if you need your own domain or not. The cheapest option is not to have you own domain, but the problem you will have is that they put nasty ads or banners in your site and sometimes these ads don’t go very well with your website, so if you want to have total control of your website, it’s much better to have your own.

If you really want to be successful on the Internet, you have to take your adventure seriously and that means that you need your website, domain and web hosting. Taking that into consideration, the next step to be out there is to get a web hosting service.

According with Wipipedia, Web Hosting Service

“Web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows companies and individuals to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web”.

We can offer here in OGC-Host, Business Web Hosting Service or Business Website Hosting or small websites hosting so your website will be available for all visitors, from any place in the world all the time and you receive one domain free included in your account service.

There are some companies offering free web hosting, but again, you have to take care of those options, because your website design can get compromised with pop-ups or banners or frame codes. So again, it’s better to have total control about your website to get a paying service, beginning with a basic account and growing accordantly you needs.

Now that you have decided to spend a few bucks for a web hosting service, let’s check these considerations:

Data Transfer.
Data Transfer or bandwidth depends on how much traffic you expect on your website and you should choose the amount of bandwidth required accordingly. Don’t trust statements like “unlimited bandwidth” – there’s always a catch. Learn to read between the lines and choose a plan that caters to the expected traffic on your web site. For an approximate reference, if you don’t plan on keeping multimedia streams or software archives on your web page, you’ll be good with 2-3 GB of bandwidth per month. But remember that your website will grow over time and always consider what type of “coverage” deal your web host offers.

Disk Space
Disk space is also very important and different from bandwidth, and your website is definitely going to need some. If your website isn’t going to have any heavy duty multimedia, my recommendation is to stay around the 50 MB mark. Surprised? Most web hosting services over-charge you with huge amounts of disk space which is practically useless unless you plan on uploading The Beatles’s discography onto your website.

Technical Features
Most people start with basic web designs and sometime later they want to install various scripts in PHP or JavaScript for example and they find that the hosting service they have don’t support those tools, for this reason, it’s better to check if they support the following features:

PHP, JavaScript, Perl, Useful to incorporate scripts

.htaccess
This file is necessary if you want to come up with a 404 error page messages e.g. “Ups…! This web page doesn’t exist!”, or if you want to have control in WordPress for hacking attacks.

MySQL
Really important if you plan to use applications that require databases (users tables, quizzes, etc.).

Cron
This one is a program scheduler. Go for it if you plan on not sitting in front of the computer all day!

SSL (Secure Server)
High priority item if in your website you will have monetary transactions!

POP3, Mail Forwarding
Most paid packages include these features, but again make sure how many e-mail accounts you will have and if you will have mail forwarding and auto-responder service, because sometimes it will be great to have it.

FTP Access
This option let you to have the change to modify your website pages and you need to be sure you can do it 24/7 365.

Windows vs. Linux
This is one of the most important issues you need to decide, because you have to check if the hosting server support OS and if you’re planning to use ASP programs in that case, you’re option will be Windows.

But if this is not your case, Linux will be your option. Also if you want to have maximum control of your website account, to have control of your e-mail accounts (add/edit/delete), to manage simple task by yourself and not to have contact with technical support for every task or to find software to make your website better, then Linux will be your option.

Technical support.
Another important issue is the technical support the web hosting company offers, most companies offer 24/7, but it’s better to be sure that you will receive support every day, of course this depends of what kind of website you have, but always it’s better to check how fast they answer any question you have about the service for e-mail for example, so that way you will feel more secure about the company that will have your website on-line.

Choosing a Payment Plan.
Before you choose the payment plan, check all plans they offer. Check also how long they are in business. Unless you’re sure about web hosting’s integrity, it’s better don’t go for annually package specially if they offer 2 or 4 or even 5 years packages. Of course it seems cheaper to have those plans but if you decide to take the monthly option, you can change of hosting service easily later on if you decide to do it, because you don’t feel comfortable with that hosting company. Another thing you have to check is if they have money back guarantee (must don’t offer this).

So always do your homework before choosing your hosting service. Don’t go just because their name sounds cool. Try to go into their blog (if they have one) to check what people say about this company and then you can make your decision to get your web hosting service.

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