How to Host a Website – Is Free Web Hosting the Best Option
Whether you are starting out in business, or perhaps want to show the world your hobby or family pictures, it is very easy to find a company to host your website. Many Internet service providers provide your own space on the web, but you are tied to staying with your service provider – change providers and loose the website. A popular choice is to find a web hosting company who will keep your site independent of Internet providers.
There is a massive choice of web hosting companies available in every country. While many offer the same services prices can vary quite considerably. We all like to save some money, but the cheapest is not always the best. Check the site’s availability to see if they have many technical problems and look online for reviews from customers. A site with good availability and great reviews will be worth paying a little extra if it saves having many problems with your site. Also check out what kind of support they offer as some only give email support, but others offer help via the telephone to help anyone through technical problems.
The first choice you will need to make is a domain name. This could be anything, but it is important to have a relevant name as this will help the site get more hits. Most web hosting companies have a section to see whether the domain name is available and for how much a year. There are many domain prefixes which is the part after the dot, for example.com,.net etc. While the domain prefix is not really important to personal sites, it will make a business site look far more professional by choosing the right one. Choose the most relevant one to your site and pay by credit card via the web host. Sites can be set up very quickly but normally take a few days to appear on all the search engines.
After purchasing the domain name, you will be given various options as to how long you want your web host to hold your website. This is normally for a year or two and provides the access to your website 24/7 from anywhere on the Internet. Other options that are normally available include email hosting, useful for when you want to run the site as a business. For example if the domain name is webhost.com, you will be able to receive email to @webhost.com and this is either forwarded to your normal email box or collected from your web host.
Once you have paid for the hosting fee you are almost ready to start creating the website. There are many different software packages available on the market with some free and others which can be expensive. This mainly depends on the complexity of the package and whether you will be making a living out of designing sites.
The last thing to think about with a web host is commercial support. Some web hosts packages are geared more to a web site that you will be using as a business with full checkout facilities included. If it is a personal site but perhaps with a few adverts to earn money from Google AdSense, then virtually any package will be fine.
With a few simple steps and checking out reviews, it is very easy to find a company that will host a website and that you will hopefully have a long term business relationship with.