A company relies on their website hosting platform to be online at all times. If you do not have prior programming experience, many of the options and add-ons will not make much sense and can make web page hosting seem much more confusing than it really is. Often, when a decision to buy a product or service becomes too confusing, people get overwhelmed and arbitrarily make a choice. Make sure your ultimate selection is a company that truly will meet your needs.
Research the hosting service to learn what kind of websites they offer. You need to be concerned with the ability to create dynamic pages. Some free sites don’t allow you to do this. If you can only create static pages, you won’t be able to add scripts you coded yourself, and you will therefore be severely limited in what you can do. If you need to be able to do dynamic scripting, you may have to pay a web host for that service.
While it’s common for web hosts to offer add-ons with their packages, the actual features and packages vary widely between hosts. Stick with the companies that offer the services you need. For instance, a host that offers packages that are generally priced lower than other hosts might not necessarily be such a good choice if the key features you need are only available through expensive packages.
If you are considering a free website hosting service, be careful. If so, then check into the service that the free web host provides and be sure that you back up all of your data. This is important because free web hosts typically don’t back up your data. The end result is you being out of luck should something disappear.
Follow the guidelines that most hosting companies have and make your own backup of your data. Having your own backup is a good idea for a number of reasons, but the most central reason is that you want to safeguard your data. If you do this, you’ll be able to restore your website if, for example, a hacker or virus corrupts the data stored on your web host’s server.
You should now have sufficient knowledge to at least understand the terminology, and be able to recognize both the good and bad features of a web hosting company. If you have signed a contract for a hosting plan already, you can use your new-found knowledge at a later date.