THE WEB HOSTING GUIDE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
How many of you are thinking about hosting your own website? Well, if you do, then you might want to listen up and pay attention. There are about 8 things you need to know before even thinking about uploading and sending your data to your followers. Follow me below as I illustrate these 8 facts on how to host a website.
1) The domain issue. Getting something for nothing sounds good on paper, but it’s not practical. The domain might be free, but the company retains the rights. The company has the right to take you on and off at any point in time. If they feel your data is not suitable, they can take it off. Plus, even if you get the first year for free, every year after that is going to be a 200% markup. We are talking about $20.00. This might not seem like a lot right now, but it does add up. It’s best to ask questions prior to signing up. Find out who exactly owns the domain and what they consider acceptable. Ask how much the renewal costs will be. You don’t want to get blind-sided by something later on.
2) There is such a thing as separate domain hosting. It’s up to you to find someone reliable to lean on. Some companies are trustworthy, others are not. Sense it is your identity we are talking about, you should find someone who will work with you, not against you.
3) Always look at the space before signing your followers up. If you are streaming something live for them, it needs to work out 100%. It’s going to look very bad if the stream stops right in the middle of something. Check out the bandwidth. Make sure it’s operational with your hosting needs. If you are working with a large scale of content, then you don’t want to choose something small. This will reflect badly on you.
4) Nothing is “unlimited.” Sorry to tell you this. If you hear from someone that something is unlimited, there is going to be a catch. Find out what this catch is and how it affects you. You don’t want your audience to be caught off guard or yourself.
5) Everyone has their own opinion. Some say that this hosting site sucks. Others will say it works out for them perfectly. Don’t just take someone’s word for it. It’s best to read the reviews. Read the reviews of several companies hosting sites. This will require research on your part, but you need to do it. You don’t want to be caught with your pants down later.
6) Never trust the company you host from/with to do your backup. Do your own. Some people foolishly put their faith in their site’s backup. This is not a good thing to do. Come armed and ready to take care of your own business.
7) Always use a paypal account when making a payment. It’s more trustworthy. If you have to use a credit card, only do business with someone reliable.
8) One final note to add here. Do not use a long-term contract when hosting your own site, unless you have to. If you have to, make sure you trust them completely.