Now that you’ve found an ideal domain name and have purchased the rights to it you will need to find a hosting service to actually hold your website pages.
Once you browse the internet for hosting companies you will find that there are pages and pages to select from. Finding the right hosting company will give you peace of mind that someone is watching out for the pitfalls that is prevalent on the internet.
Pitfalls in the form of malicious viruses that attack the internal coding structure of websites. A good hosting company is up to date with virus control and is proactive in protecting everything that resides within its server confines.
This will minimize the amount of downtime and keep your website free from common viruses that attack websites on other servers that don’t have adequate software protection.
It’s a good feeling to know that you have a company that is self serving and is always looking out for the client, namely you in the form of insuring that all websites are protected. Not having this done as part of the hosting services opens you up to a whole new set of problems that you don’t really want to have.
Once you find a hosting company that you feel good about then you can go about updating your website whenever you want and knowing that you can depend on the hosting service to keep the uptime as close to 24/7 as possible.
Not having this sense of peace will cause long days and nights to try to bring your website back to normal operations if something happens and you don’t have the support that you need to help you get back online.
In this chapter you will learn how to select a hosting company that you can rely on and what issues you should look for.
There are 4 basic components of service that you should be looking for in figuring out which hosting company you should go for.
Step 1. Find a hosting company and ask for some feedback on the uptime statistics. This being your first website you don’t need a problematic hosting company that has a history of downtime. It may seem a bit trivial to ask for this information but if you end up with a website that has lots of traffic you don’t want problems with access to your website.
Step 2. Ask what type of software security measures that the provider has in order to thwart off virus attacks. There are new malicious software that’s created every day that exploits hosting companies. Making sure that your hosting company is proactive in this area is important to know.
Step 3. This step is really upon you deciding on what type of server you want to have. If you don’t know then a shared server probably would best suit your needs. But as you get more traffic you will need more bandwidth and even a dedicated server. Find out if they allow you to upgrade to these type servers for future reference.
Step 4. Find out what comes with basic package hosting. Most of the time this has enough functionality to accomplish what you need done. Unlimited file transfers and forwarding emails is usually standard but finding out this information beforehand is best to know.
On Step 1 if you feel a little beset on asking for uptime statistics, act like a business owner. In fact, you are a business owner with a piece of real estate. That real estate is your website and you need to make sure that access to your website is there a big percentage of the time.
If the hosting company starts making you feel uncomfortable about asking these questions pick another hosting company. There are a lot of hosting companies to select from and you have to feel comfortable with their customer support in order to get what you want. You are paying the bill and you deserve the get the answers to your questions.
Once you choose the hosting company that makes you feel good about what they do for you and answer your questions fully you are almost there. Being there at the point where you will start uploading your site with a theme and providing it with the information that people want to read about can be an exciting prospect.
In the next chapter, we will talk about actually building your site for the entire world to see.