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All You Need to Know About Quality Website Hosting

From business owners to those simply looking to have their own website, many people may underestimate what’s involved in making a website successful. With so many options available out there, it’s easy to make the wrong choices – ones that can negatively impact the success of the website.

One factor that can affect the success of a website is website hosting. This is one of the first steps in building a website. Unfortunately, this is one factor that often takes a back seat, with the focus generally being on content produced instead.

In order to give your website the best chance of success from the beginning, there are some important things to know regarding quality web hosting.

What is Website Hosting?

Hosting is a place (or “server”) where your website files are housed to make your website available online. The web hosting service provider is a company that provides the services and technologies needed for the website to be viewed on the internet.

However, not all web hosts are created equal.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Web Host

  1. Bandwidth

    Bandwidth refers to the number of website visitors that can access a website at the same time. The more visitors the website has, the higher the bandwidth required. Ensure that the web hosting plan you choose will enable your site to run smoothly.

  2. Hosting Storage Space

    The bigger the site, the more space it will require. In other words, websites that have many pages, images, and videos will require more storage space. This is often true with eCommerce websites. As is the case with bandwidth, it is important to be aware of any storage limitations imposed by your web host that would prevent the website from running effectively.

  3. Website Security

    When looking for a quality web hosting service, the following website security concerns should be taken into account:

    • Website Backup – Finding out how often the web host performs back-ups is crucial to protecting a website from unexpected problems. Go a step further and find out how back-ups are processed and where the files are stored.
    • Server Location and Duplication – The best web hosting service providers have duplicate servers in another location. This is an extra security measure that will ensure that your website will still be operational even if something happens to one server.
  4. Hosting Cost

    Hosting with extremely low costs may prove to be unreliable. At the same time, hosts that charge high prices are not always the best option. It is therefore important to balance cost with the needs of your website.

    For lower costs, opt for Shared Hosting, which involves server resources being shared among several users. This means that costs will also be split among the users, making it cheaper.

    While Dedicated Hosting is more expensive since one server is dedicated to a single user, it may be the best option depending on your website’s particular needs.

  5. Customer Support

    As with all services, a dependable customer support team is extremely important. Things could go wrong at any time, and getting immediate support when it’s needed can go a long way for damage control.

    Some questions to ask your web host include:

    • Is support available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?
    • Is support available via telephone, email, ticket, or all three methods?
    • Is customer support based in Australia? Remember that support centres that are based overseas may be difficult to communicate with.
  6. Reliability and Website Uptime

    This is especially important for eCommerce websites since customers may be making purchases 24 hours a day. It is also important to find out whether the host can guarantee uptime. Reading the company’s uptime reviews online is a good place to start.

  7. Control Panel

    The control panel should be easy to use because it is where you control everything to do with your website hosting.

  8. Technical Issues

    This could involve MySQL and PHP, as well as Windows versus Unix-based hosting, all of which can affect website speed, among other issues.

  9. Email Hosting

    Get the most out of your host. Email hosting with spam protection is an added benefit as it helps portray professionalism while ensuring secure email communication.

Quality Web Hosting – It’s all in the Details

 

When it comes to choosing a quality web hosting service, cost should not be the only determining factor. Make sure that the web host you choose fits your needs and allows for the growth of your business.

Are you feeling overwhelmed by all of the factors to be considered? Contact us today for quality assistance with all your web hosting needs.

 

For all your web hosting needs in Geelong and Torquay, call Zing Studio on 0438 575 256

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  Dennis Hooiveld

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