So your employer has tasked you with the project " We need a website- find someone". What do you do now ?
Let's see if WereDigital Hosting can provide a few suggestions that will make your search easier and more rewarding .
There are a lot things you should know before you ever start calling or going online to search for a Web Hosting Provider.
I find that after 18 years in the Web hosting industry the same question is asked repeatedly. More often than not, the first question the caller has when calling or emailing is-
This question has mystified me for years. How am I suppose to know what you need? After all, it's your website and you should know what you need.
But I was forgetting that hardly anyone actually knows what they need for a website . The majority of clients simply know they need a Web Site, that's it. They are not current on all the Bells and Whistles that are either required or involved in a website. Furthermore, they rarely are familiar with the technology behind it all.
It's is our job, it's all we do and we are here to help you. When I go my dentist, I trust that they know what they are doing and that they are fully trained and up to date. Well our clients should be able to expect the same of us.
So let's start there.
Simply put, a Web Hosting Provider stores the data that makes up your website on computer systems called "Servers". In doing so, the world can view your website, you can receive emails and maybe sell something. Yes' there is a lot more to the technology but a basic view is all we need at this point.
The second question is almost always........
Absolutely. That can work !
Here's what you have to do to have that work.
I believe you've likely gotten the point. You definitely can host your own website. But a hosting provider does those above-mentioned steps and more. A Web Hosting provider allows you access to their systems at a fraction of the cost . Most providers can have your website live and on the Internet within minutes of your request. That's providing you already have a website built. If not, the Hosting provider may have an in house design team to build one for you. If not, they are likely closely associated with an outside firm that can.
Your hosting provider should be able to provide you with the following. If not, you should keep looking!
As you have seen, there is a lot involved in first creating a website and then choosing a Web Hosting Provider to store that website for you.
Do not be confused by all the new terminology , ask questions. The whole internet hosting and websites business are not what you do everyday. It's our job to help you and make this less confusing. Your Provider should be reachable during regular business hours. If not, keep looking! That's a big indicator that they are part time and thus not reliable.
My next blog will continue our discussion in the How to choose a Provider Series.
The Myths and Truths of Web Hosting .
What to avoid in choosing a Web Hosting Provider.