Your website files need a physical place to live somewhere on the internet.
You could do it yourself by storing the files on your own server. While it is possible to buy/build your own server to store the files, there are other associated factors to take in to consideration, for example: high speed internet access; a firewall to help prevent your server from being hacked and your files abused/corrupted/deleted; power back up services incase of power cuts/shortages; and data back up should the server's hard drive fail. Then there's air conditioning to keep the equipment cool and operating at peak efficiency. You may want a 24/7 technical support team for any problems that occur. The more popular your website becomes, the more strain your server will face trying to keep up with demand.
However, the simplest and most popular option is to 'rent' space on a pre-existing server setup at a data centre. Our reliable infrastructure is already in place to securely 'host' your website files.
Not at all. Prices vary between suppliers, as do the services they offer for those fees. There are so many elements which make up website hosting, that suppliers usually create two or three packages to choose from, such as Basic, Standard and Professional. It is important to inspect their comparison table to see exactly what you are getting, and to see which option is most suitable for your website and its anticipated traffic. All of the features of your website hosting can be accessed in your Hosting Control Panel.
Perhaps the two main figures to consider are Webspace (file storage) and Bandwidth (data transfer/traffic). Websites containing a lot of movies and downloadable files will require more storage allowance, and particularly where videos are concerned, a lot of data transfer, as people watch videos again and again. Once you hit your allowance for the month, your website may stop working, to the annoyance of your visitors and potential customers.
Plan for business growth. Does the hosting package allow you enough email accounts for all potential employees/departments? Will you be storing variable data, such as stock levels, on your website? You will require a database for that. How many databases are you allowed? Will you outsource some services, and how many FTP accounts will you need for them to be able to upload files? Will you require subdomains?
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