5 Things to Consider Before Signing Up With a Hosting Company

May 16, 2012 by  Filed under: Web Hosting 

In a world full of mommy-bloggers, it’s easy to see that owning a website isn’t something that takes super specialized skills. Anyone can own a website… it’s easy and affordable… and makes you money.

There are a lot of free CMS platforms (like Joomla and WordPress), registering your domain costs about $10 a year and a lot of the best web hosting companies charge less than $10 a month for all your web hosting needs. In 2012, finally the time has come that everyone can have a little piece of Internet real estate.

If you are a total Internet and web hosting noob, have no fear, I’ll get you through the basics of web hosting… you’ll be an expert in no time.

A web hosting company is the connection between you and the World Wide Web. To put your web page online, you’ll need to have it hosted. The process is fairly simple. You’ll upload your page to the web host.

Many web hosts, like JustHost and HostMonster, have a lot of tools that will help their clients simply the process of uploading files to the webpage. Some will even help you quickly build a webpage – you won’t even have to know HTML code with these companies.

When you are choosing your web hosting company, make sure you keep in mind your personal (or corporate) goals. Here are five things you should consider when you search for a company to host your website.

1. Trust

Trust is seriously the most important thing when it comes to choosing a web hosting company. In the world of Internet business, there are a lot of things that can go wrong and it’s important to make sure you’ve found a company that’s got your back. Before you choose your company, make sure you find out how reliable their servers are… if their servers tend to be down about 15% of the time… well, you’re probably going to want to look for a new company.

2. Support

If you’re new to the world of internet business, odds are your going to need a little help from the experts to get things up and running. Make sure your provider has a support team that’s easy to get in contact with. There is nothing worse than not being able to reach customer support.

3. Domain Name

There are literally millions of web addresses that are already taken, so sometimes it’s really difficult to find a good, original domain name. Good companies should be able to help you find a domain name for cheap.

4. CGI Access

Depending on your type of business, you may need to run your own programs, which means you’ll need CGI access. CGI stands for Common Gateway Interface. CGI is basically a standard for external gateway programs to directly interface with your web servers. You’ll use CGI to add dynamic content or interactive functions to your static web pages. Not all companies offer this feature and not every company allows you to access the CGI. If you need CGI, you’ll need to make sure your web hosting company offers CGI access.

5. POP Account

POP is an acronym for Post Office Protocol and gives you protected access to your email. You’ll want to have a POP account for your internet business because it will give you added protection.

When you read an email, it is deleted from your ISPs server, so with a POP account, your mail will be downloaded to your local computer by default… which will be a great backup for your business.

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