Web hosting allows you to publish your company website on the internet where other people can see it.
Your choice of web host can affect the speed your website loads at, its ability to handle large numbers of visitors and its availability. Picking the right web hosting service will make your website more effective.
When you buy web hosting, you get access to one of more servers which are permanently connected to the internet. By uploading your website files to these, your site becomes available online.
You’ll encounter different types of web hosting. The most common options are:
Your hosting requirements may be an important consideration when deciding how to build a website. For example, most template-based website creator packages usually include business hosting.
Similarly, if you’re working with a web design agency, hosting might be included. In this case, you still need to consider how appropriate the hosting is to your specific needs.
The key things to consider when you choose a web host are:
It can be hard to estimate exactly how your website will grow and what changes you will make in the future. This means it’s often a good idea to start with a cheap web hosting package which you can upgrade easily when you need to, rather than opting for a more expensive package from the start.
However, do be aware that the very cheapest packages can be a false economy. Their deficiencies will show up at crucial times – like when your site receives an unusually high number of visitors or you urgently need support.
It’s a good idea to look for a guaranteed level of service from your web hosting provider. This is usually provided in the form of a service level agreement (SLA) stating the service you can expect – and entitling you to compensation if those targets are missed.
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You can also find advice on how to negotiate an agreement to host your website on the Law Donut.