Any company, at any given point in time, cannot function better than its weakest link, which is often their web server or third-party hosting company. So if you’re not familiar with a lot of the jargon, when it comes to website hosting, you can get confused and make a mistake by picking the wrong type of service. Often, rather than dive into the problem, people just go with whatever seems to work. Make sure your ultimate selection is a company that truly will meet your needs.
Contact your favorite web host to see what website services they currently offer. You need to be concerned with the ability to create dynamic pages. Some free sites don’t allow you to do this. If you can only create static pages, you won’t be able to add scripts you coded yourself, and you will therefore be severely limited in what you can do. If the nature of your website requires dynamic scripting capabilities, it may be in your best interest to opt for hosting on a paid server.
Register domains separately from your hosting provider. That way, if there’s trouble between you and your hosting provider, your host won’t try to hold your domain name hostage. You won’t be able to control your domain registration, your host will.
Before you commit to a website hosting service, you should first create a detailed list of your wants and needs. Take an honest look at what are features are essential for your business and then compare what services and features are part of the package from each host you are considering. Making a list should help you make a good decision based on different factors instead of focusing on the price, only.
Now that you have a better understanding of web hosting and what they do, you can now read their contracts, and have a much clearer idea of what options will work best in your favor. Even if you are already committed to a specific web host, it is still possible for you to begin preparing to switch over, and get your IT personnel up to speed.