If you intend to build a website, regardless of whether it is for personal use or for your company, it is vital that you engage the services of a web hosting company. You may already know that but are all web hosting companies the same?
Being new to the internet world, many newbies have the misconception that there is no difference with which service you have decided to use and you should just choose the cheapest one available. If that is what you have in mind, you cannot be further away from the truth.
In fact, with the strong competition, there are numerous packages being offered by the various companies and at different prices of course. So how do you know which is an ideal web hosting company to sign up with? To answer that question, first of all you will need to learn about the different kinds of web hosting that is available online.
Yes, there are definitely free hosting available for you and for someone who is just starting out on marketing online and is on a shoestring budget, this might seem to be a very attractive choice. Unless you have totally no intention of bringing your business to a higher level, otherwise you should refrain from using such services for the main reason that you will have very restricted usage.
One of the disadvantages is that you will be required by the hosting company to include their advertisement on your website. This may pose as a distraction to any visitors to your site and if your intention is to sell your own products, you may not be very successful with the additional advertisements there. You will also not have any control over what advertisements they want to place on your site so you may end up having competitors on your own site.
The bandwidth, disk space and website size for these free web hosting sites will be very limited since the company is offering the service to you for free. You may also not be able to host your site under a domain name but only under a subdomain name. All these problems will affect the ranking of your sites and thereby affect your income.
Moreover, the free web hosting companies reserve their rights to remove your site anytime they want and without any prior warning. Imagine having spent hours and days on bringing traffic to a particular site, only to receive an order from your free hosting company that your site has to be removed and with no reason given!
Opting for a paid web hosting service is definitely a much preferred choice over the above. At a very minimal fee of as low as $3.95 per month, you can get to enjoy much greater control over your own sites when you sign up for one of the numerous plans offered by the hosting companies.
Before you decide, make sure you check on the bandwidth, disk space, ease of usage, security level, number of email accounts provided, number of domains you can host with the plan, service support and warranty, etc. Make a comparison among the various plans available before you sign up. You will find that you can get very good deals from some trusted companies such as Hostgator, Bluehost and Hostmonster. The greatest advantage of getting a paid hosting service is that you can get support from them anytime and is especially beneficial to those who are not very technical savvy.
Now that you have learnt about the advantages and disadvantages of the different kinds of web hosting, the next step is to decide what is most suitable for you. Make the right choice early so that you do not have to re-do your sites later on.