This might seem a strange thing to blog about on a website that supplies web design and web hosting services but sometimes a customer will have had a website built for them and subsequently hosted without the designer/developer fully explaining what is involved in having a website.
When you have a website you need to store it somewhere, in much the same way as you may store your photos on your hard drive in your PC. The difference with your website files is that they need to be accessible by anyone on the Internet; this means that they need to be stored on a machine, typically in a data centre, that is permanently connected to the Internet and always on.
Most web hosts lease space on their servers to their clients so that the client avoids the cost and maintenance involved in keeping a server secure and connected to the Internet.
The cost and quality of web hosting services varies greatly. When looking out for a web hosting provider there are a few things to look out for:
- The amount of web space they offer (you don’t want to run out).
- The amount of bandwidth they support (this is the amount of data that can be downloaded from your website and includes images, text and other media. Many web hosts limit bandwidth because they do not have the infrastructure to deal with lots of visitors to sites. If you use up your allowance your website will become unavailable).
- The flexability of the email services they supply. Ideally you’ll need mailboxes, forwarders, autoresponders and webmail (the ability to access your emails from anywhere using your web broswer).
- The quality of their IT infrastructure. You don’t want your site to keep going down due to hardware and network problems. Be sure your host has invested in this. You can see what technology we use in our infrastructure on our Web Hosting Technology page.
Here at WebMe we offer unlimited web hosting packages meaning you never have to worry about out-growing your hosting package or having your website become unavailable.