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How to Choose Your Web Host

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Without a good web host, all the hard work you have put into your website will have been wasted. Make sure you know what to look for when choosing!

Transcript

Slide 1: HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WEB HOST

Step 6: You need a home on the Internet for your website

Slide 2

  • Step 1: How to set your website goal
  • Step 2: How to identify and target your market
  • Step 3: How to write your content
  • Do you need a web designer?
  • Step 4: How to choose your web designer
  • Step 5: How to choose your domain name
  • Step 6: How to choose your web host
  • Step 7: How to launch your website
  • Why completing your website is not the end
  • Step 8: How to promote your website

See the complete guide at www.realfreewebsites.com/website-plan

Slide 3

What is a web host?

  1. Stores your website on a computer
  2. Receives requests from visitors’ computers
  3. Sends visitors to your website

Slide 4

First, decide what your hosting requirements are

Slide 5

Bandwidth (volume of data transfer)

  • How much traffic are you expecting?
  • Most websites will only need low bandwidth
  • Websites with a lot of large files (e.g. videos) may need more

Slide 6

Disk space

  • How much space do you need for your website files?
  • Most websites will only need a small amount of space
  • Websites with a lot of large files (e.g. videos) will need more

Slide 7

Server Side Language

  • Your website may be written using a specific coding language
  • What coding language are you/ your web developer going to use?

Slide 8

Functionality

  • What specific features does your website require? E.g. mailing lists, databases, email forwarding, secure servers

Slide 9

Now you can choose one of 3 types of hosting

Slide 10

Shared server hosting

  • Many clients using one shared server
  • Suitable for small to medium-bandwidth websites
  • Ideal for new websites

Slide 11

Virtual private hosting

  • Partitioning a server into several virtual servers
  • For higher bandwidth websites

Slide 12

Dedicated server hosting

  • One server per website
  • For large websites that require very high bandwidth

Slide 13

Now decide which hosting features are important to you

Slide 14

Support

  • Are there guaranteed response times?
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year?
  • What is the process to get a human response? – Avoid web hosts with multiple layers of automated responses
  • If you prefer speaking to someone, do they have a phone helpline?

Slide 15

Server uptime

  • Do they guarantee a high percentage of uptime?

Slide 16

Price

  • Are there monthly or yearly fees?
  • Are there hidden fees?
  • Cheaper not always best, but not always worst either

Slide 17

Geographic location

  • Less important, but better if the server is close to your target market to maximize response times

Slide 18

What about free web hosting?

Slide 19

Free Hosting?

  • Usually supported by advertisements
  • May suffer from poor server uptime
  • May have reduced bandwidth
  • Non-existent customer support
  • No grounds for complaints

Slide 20

How to make the final choice

Slide 21

Read testimonials and reviews
While not always reliable, these can give you an idea about quality

Slide 22

Visit websites hosted by the company

  • Test the website response times (but bear in mind bad web design can also slow a website’s response time)
  • Contact the website owner for their opinion

Slide 23

Take a trial

  • Look for a money-back guarantee
  • Try out the web host for a period

Slide 24

Without a good web host, your website will suffer. Choose carefully, and start with a basic plan – you can easily upgrade later.

Slide 25

You’ve now seen how to choose a web host. This is the sixth step in the process of good website design. See the complete guide at www.realfreewebsites.com/website-plan

Slide 26

Need Help? Ask the experts at guiding you through website development: www.realfreewebsites.com

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