What is one of the important elements of online business?
One of the most important elements of online business after you select a business idea, is joining a web hosting provider. Although, there are many online reviews and top ten best lists, they all differ.
One web hosting provider can be the first on one list, and it can be the fifth on another.
What is web hosting?
This is where your website files are saved and can be accessed on the Internet. Your files are the contents of your webpages, like text, photos, audio, video files, and more. Basically, that is your home on the Internet.
What is the domain name?
You domain name is your address on the Internet. This is how someone can reach your website once they type your address in the browsers.
How do you obtain a web hosting and a domain name?
You can get both with the same web hosting, or register the domain name with a separate registrar. However, I prefer to register the domain with the web hosting company.
Why do I hate the web hosting reviews and how do I select them myself?
Every review lists different ranking for the same web hosting providers, and some lists don’t have the same providers.
The decision is not hard due to competition among all provide similar feature for a certain price range.
So, how do you decide what service to select for your website? This is only based on my own experience after trying about 4 web hosting providers and 4 domain name registrar.
What elements to take into consideration as a starter?
1-Shared hosting is much cheaper than private virtual server. So, I select the shared hosting, where your website is hosted with other websites on the same server with the same IP address.
2-Price for the share varies from $2 to $20 per month. However, the private web hosting can cost between $70-$300 or more.
3-Make sure WordPress is in the script list and ready to install with one click, because some services make you download and do a manual install.
4-Make sure there are other options besides WordPress; such as, Joomla, Drupal, and Site builder. These are other tools to use to build a website. However, my preference is WordPress.
5-Make sure the web hosting provider has email hosting; I think most of them do. This can be used to create private emails even before you build a website.
6-Check their support response time by submitting a ticket and by chatting with the online technical or sales department. Make sure, you don’t wait more than 3-5 minutes to get a response.
In summary, it is not hard to select a web hosting provider for your website. This above list will help you decide quick; instead of, searching for reviews online where you need to read pages and pages of small font text paragraphs.
To conclude what I listed above, the following are what I look at myself when I built this website that you are browsing now:
Shared hosting, price, WordPress, other web builder tools, email hosting, and short response time.
One more important element to look at what add-ons are free. Some providers charge you for options you receive free with others.
I urge you to add a comment below to share your ideas.