There is no doubt that creating an online business is totally profitable, but there are many factors to take note of when doing so. One of them is hosting. When choosing a hosting company for your website you need to take the following factors into account:
When people visit your website, they begin to download the files that you have hosted in form of texts, videos, and images. All this data that is downloaded is what is considered as bandwidth.
So every time someone browses your web page you are doing a transfer of bandwidth.
The amount of bandwidth will depend on the size of your page, so it is crucial to optimize all the data and activate the GZIP (compress the data) to minimize bandwidth usage of your website. If your website is receiving few monthly visits, you can choose a basic hosting plan and increase it when your website is generating more traffic.
At the time when you are choosing the best hosting service, you need to analyze and establish suitable size of disk space that you will require. It is recommended to have storage size of at least 1GB, although many companies offer much more, such as 20, 30, or even 50GB.
It will depend mainly on the number and size of files as well as the number of mail accounts you would prefer to have.
The control panel is where you will manage everything related to your website, this includes: email accounts, domains, sub-domains, FTP accounts, files, etc. If in your case, you have never seen a control panel, it is required that before making a full purchase, familiarize yourself with the system during trial period, i.e., if any is provided.
If at the end if you are not satisfied you could always ask for a refund.
What is a CMS? A CMS is a content management system that you will use to create your website which will give you all the necessary tools to manage your site properly. The most used CMS’s are WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal.
For online stores you can choose Prestashop or Magento.
Most of the hosting companies have the option to install WordPress with a single click from your control panel. A one click WordPress installation saves enormous time and effort that would have been spent to install WordPress through FTP or SSH.
What you must remember when hiring a hosting service is how good the customer service is. Your website will be online 24/7 and if there is a problem, bad customer service can put your website in jeopardy.
There are a lot of cheap hosting services that give unlimited monthly hosting services, however, sooner or later their services will end up costing you much more than you bargained for. You have to determine the features they offer then compare with the prices set for different hosting plans.