Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes:
A huge part of Web Design is knowing what proper Hosting/Domain should cost you. Honestly? Everyone is going to give you a different opinion; however, for most Small Businesses it is no necessary to pay corporate level pricing for only a minor amount of online space. Here’s a quick analogy:
A Domain Name is essentially just your the equivalent to the address of your house, while your Hosting is the equivalent to the land your house is built on. You need to have both in order to have a presence online
The amount of land (hosting) you need is dependent on the size of your website. Most Deluxe and Economy hosting packages are more than enough space to hold your website and allow it to perform optimally online. Here are a few things you can focus on when choosing your host:
- Reliable Backup – when dealing with any kind of CMS (content management system) you are typically dealing with a mySQL Database that has the potential to be compromised. A reliable host will do scheduled backups so that you can always resort back to your database from one week prior and limit downtime
- Customer Service – some smaller hosting services do not have 24/7 customer service; however, any quality company will have individuals there for help you at anytime of the day/night. It also makes a big difference for your Developor if you choose a host that allows them to contact someone at anytime of day to help with your site
- C-Panel – it’s actually rare for you not to have a C-Panel in todays hosting world, but it is important to verify this so you can grant specific access levels for different individuals
At the end of the day, a proper Developer/Designer will work with you to establish a proper hosting/domain provider and make sure your website has little to no downtime and does not cost you an arm and a leg. We are talking about your online presence and keeping your business efficient and live!