Do you do web hosting/do I have to host with you? Why should I choose you over a free web host?
Yes, we do offer web hosting services, and no you are not obligated to host with us when we do your web design. There are however some reasons that you may want to host with us. Regardless of whether you host with us or not, there are a few things that you should be aware of when choosing your web host.
Beware of free hosting sites! These may be a convenient option for a hobby blogger or for a novice web designer who wants to share videos online with his friends, but generally speaking they are not a good option for a business. One reason for this is that many of these hosts put annoying banner and pop up advertising on websites in order to cover the cost of hosting.
These hosts also tend to offer limited space – not to mention that their speed, reliability and rate of service can be a big question mark. When choosing a hosting site, you also need to think about the potential growth of your business. If you foresee a significant increase in traffic – and we hope you do – you’ll need a host that is able to accommodate that without making your site mind-numbingly slow.
There are three types of hosting. These are shared servers, virtual servers and dedicated servers. Shared servers are what you typically get with free hosting services. It means that several websites are hosted on the same server. As a result, these websites tend to be slower. This type of server is not recommended for business. The second type is virtual servers. These servers are dedicated just to your website which means a faster website. This is a good choice for small and medium sized enterprises who get steady traffic on their website.
The final type of server is a dedicated physical server which is the most expensive option but also the fastest. This is the option most recommended for larger corporate sites or for sites that get a large volume of traffic.
Bandwidth is an important consideration as well in hosting. Essentially, bandwidth refers to how much data can be passed on from your website to your user. It is affected by both the amount of traffic that your website receives as well as the type of content your website has. Sites that have a lot of traffic and have many pictures and videos will use a lot more bandwidth that sites with a moderate amount of traffic and have mainly text.
As your website design services company, our experts can give you a good idea of the amount of bandwidth that you will need. You should also ask what type of support is offered. If you’ve ever had website or server challenges that had the potential to negatively affect your revenue, you know how important good customer service can be. Having the option to speak to a live person – as opposed to just a help forum – can be critically important to your bottom line. A quick response time for support services can mean a revenue difference of hundreds, or possibly thousands of dollars to your business.