I Have My Website Idea, What Now
So you have your idea for a website, and are just sitting there thinking, how do I get it into the internet? Look no further than here and learn the steps of finding a website hosting package.
The first thing you will need to consider is your audience, where will they be located? If your website is hosted in China, and your visitors are in Australia, then there will be a delay in loading the information, in comparison to a website that is hosted in Australia due to “ping” or “latency” (This is the time it takes for a reply from a server, Simply put, you send a message saying hello, I want to get the information for this site, the remote computer saying, I have that here you go)
Next you want to look at your budget, how much are you prepared to spend on keeping your site on-line? I generally put hosting into 3 different categories, Budget, Mid Range, and Mission Critical.
Budget hosting, normally comes with the saying, “you get what you pay for”, meaning that a lot ot the budget providers, while being cheap, can have issues with support, or downtimes. Although this isn’t always the case, most of the time these are all you need for entry level sites.
Mid-range are somewhat more reliable, and can also be backed up by a better support option. This is the common choice when you need it to work, but if it goes down a few times per year (not always going to happen, but allow for the worst) and are probably going to get a lot of hits.
Mission critical, is what you would use when you need the site to work al the time, no matter what happens. For a simple website this is probably overkill.
You also need to look at how busy your site will be, this comes under the bandwidth section of your host. For Smaller sites, or entry level, I would look at entry level providers, that meet your budget, and look at their service availability.
Once you have selected, purchase your hosting, and a domain name with the plan, and they will send you your details to login once its all setup. From there you should be able to use a package that suits your needs such as WordPress, or Joomla, or one of the Sitebuilder plugins that your host provides. Hope that helps you to make your hosting decisions easier.