- Internet & the Web
Choosing Your Webhost
Before you can get your website onto the internet, you’ll need a webhost. A webhost provides the services you need to make your website available on the internet and for your website to be visible to everyone who visits.
Choosing the right webhost is probably the most crucial part in creating your own website. A webhost is the service provider that will operate your website and keep it online. So, you can just imagine what will happen to your website if you choose a webhost that gives poor services. Some webhosts have long hours of downtime, that only means that if you have visitors during those times, you lose all those visitors. Some webhosts have limitations on their bandwidth allotment to their clients; it means that if your website or webpage suddenly have an influx of visitors and you have exceeded their allotted bandwidth for you, they make your website unavailable on the internet. Needless to say, they will control the number of visitors to your site, unless you are going to pay for the exceeded allotment.
Choosing a Free Webhost
Who doesn’t want to host their site on a free webhost? I know for sure that most of us will choose a free webhost over a paid one. Free webhosts just seem to be so perfect, we have no expenses and we get to have our own website. A free webhost can be enticing but is it really for you?
Free webhosts will supply you with a free website builder, a free web space, and a free bandwidth allotment. However, many of the free webhosts you’ll encounter would put ads onto your site which you know nothing about and shouldn’t be a part of your website’s design. They force advertisements on your web pages so that they (not you) will generate income from your website. Forced ads on your site can be very irritating if you plan to run a clean site. And your readers might find your site irritating to look at because too many ads are placed on them.
You should know that not all free webhosts do that. But there is nothing really free about free webhosts. Some free webhosts are going to earn revenue from your ads so technically, you will share your revenues with them, much like joining a writing site. There are webhosts that will make their site user-unfriendly and make it so difficult for you to navigate their site that you’ll eventually opt for the paid version which is usually easier to navigate. These are just a few problems that you’ll be facing when you decide to choose a free webhost.
Choosing a Paid Webhost
After reading about the disadvantages of choosing a free webhost, you might think that a paid webhost will surely be better. As much as we want to think that, it is not always the case. For one, if you choose a paid webhost, you will have to pay for their services on a monthly basis with a basic bandwidth allotment. Additional fees will apply for any exceeded bandwidth allotment your site will have. Secondly, not all paid webhosts give good service; some are better at what they do than others. While some webhosts can give good service to their clients, others will not be very helpful. Some webhosts are reliable and can give you good customer service, unfortunately, you will not have that experience with all webhosts.
Making Your Final Decision
Choosing your webhost will largely depend on what you need. You might want to review their site and read and study carefully their guidelines. Their site should tell you about their guidelines and policies clearly. They must be able to tell you their site’s limitations. They should be clear about how much space and bandwidth they’ll be able to provide. Will you be able to manage and control your site and pages? One way or another, you will need to delete, add, edit, and manage your site and web pages, so do look for a webhost that will let you manage your site on your own. Will you be able to use tools such as videos, pictures, and sound files? If multimedia files are an important part of your website, do make sure that your webhost provides these types of files.
It is very important to choose a webhost that is reliable, both on their services and on how fast they make your site available online. A website that is frequently down will lose a lot of visitors. And a webpage that is very slow to access can be very frustrating both for you and your visitors. You don’t want to lose a lot of visitors just because your webpage couldn’t be accessed most of the time.
It is equally important to choose an established webhosting company rather than a questionable one. Do your research about the webhosting company that you plan to join.