Recently I was searching for a web hosting service for my newly purchased website and discovered that there are several things to consider when looking for a web hosting service. There are plenty of web hosting services to choose from so it is important to know what to look for in a web hosting service. There are several important ingredients to a good web hosting service including plenty of disk space, data transfer capabilities and support for language programming.
Know what your requirements are before you start looking for a web hosting service.
When evaluating a web hosting service consider what your ideal disk space storage requirements are going to be for the kind of website you have or plan to design. What is disk space or disk storage? The volume of space provided by a web hosting plan is referred to as the disk space or disk storage for web hosting. You may be wondering how do you know how much disk space you are going to need? A good rule of thumb when it comes to disk space or storage is that if you are going to have a lot of images on your website (100 images) or if you are going to use audio or video files than figure you will need at least 4.9 Mb of disk space to accommodate your needs. Bear in mind when searching for a web host that you should seek one that will allow your website to grow as your business increases.
Data transfer is another important ingredient to consider when looking for your web hosting service. The non-email traffic coming from your website is what data transfer is concerned with on a hosting service plan. Your website visitors will experience faster loading times when viewing the data on your web pages. Data transfer rates (DTRs) are measured in bits per second. A data transfer rate is the speed at which data is transmitted from one device to another on your web page.
Data transfer usage is reflected by the number of site visitors and you can exceed your limit you may have to pay for the overage used. If you think your site will routinely exceed the hosting plan’s limit on data transfer you will need to upgrade to a hosting plan with a higher data transfer rate. A simple formula for calculating how much you need is to take an estimate of how many visitors your website will receive per month times your average web page size times your average number of pages viewed per visit and that number equals your Data Transfer Total per Month usage.
The last thing to consider when looking for a web hosting service is the programming language offered by the web host. Most web site functions include the use of popular scripts such as ASP, ColdFusion, JSP, PHP, and Perl/CGi and your web host should be able to support these scripts. If you are going to be selling products on your website you will need to be sure your web host supports ecommerce solutions that you will be using such as programming language for shopping carts.
Now that you know what to look for in a web hosting service such as adequate disk space, data transfer rate and programming language including what you will need for future growth you should now feel confident in selecting the right web hosting service for your website needs.
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