1.You have an idea you want to share with the world. Whether its a blog you want to publish (for fun, profit or both), a new business you are starting (to display or sell your products and services) or to display your portfolio (photographer, designer..ect). In order to accomplish these tasks, you’ll need the tools to build your website that come standard with every web hosting account (domain name, website builder, internet space, security) .
2. You want to start communicating with your clients in a more professional manner. First impressions are everything and if you are still giving clients or potential clients a email that includes @gmail, @hotmail..ect. Chances are, you are not making the best first impression. With a web hosting account you’ll be able to set-up your firstname.lastname@example.org
3.You’re simply tired of your existing web host. Lets face it, all web hosts are not created equal. If you’re experiencing poor website support, downtime or maybe you are finding your current web host lacking in tools and availability, its time to switch.
But Wait… What Exactly is Web Hosting?
If you have never heard of web hosting prior to reading this post, its ok, your not alone. Web hosting is the driving force behind every website. Without web hosting, you can not have a website. Therefore here are the typical components you should expect with any web hosting account you plan on setting up (as these are all essential to the success of your website).
1. File storage:
The image, text, and design files that make your website look like it does are stored on a server – a computer maintained by your web hosting service. Think of this like a computer you are renting for the sole purpose of storing and accessing your website from anywhere in the world.
2. Software and Tools:
Website stats, email, website builders. Every web hosting account should come equipped with everything you need to manage, build or maintain an already existing website.
3. Uptime and Speed:
The amount of time when your site files are available to visitors is what we refer to as “uptime.” Uptime of 99.9% is the industry standard for web hosts. You don’t want guests to drop by and find that your website is unavailable or moving slower than molasses, expect and demand consistent up-times and availability from your web host.
4. Support and Security:
On the internet, pranksters and criminals are always trying to break into servers, files, and sites to cause mayhem or steal data. Your web host’s security measures protect your site from break-ins, just like your home security system keeps people from breaking into your house. A great web host will ensure the server your website is hosted is well protected, while also providing support for any issues related to your website.