One of the most important parts of any business nowadays is its website and online presence. Finding the right hosting package that is able to develop and react as you company grows is increasingly vital in our fast paced world.
With so much to choose from out there, however, it can be a little bit of a mine field making the right choices. Here are just a few of the questions we get asked at Solid Blue Liquid on a regular basis.
Do I Need a Web Host?
You can, if you have the know-how, connect to the internet and serve your pages to a website but it takes a lot of work and a good deal of money. Yes, you do need a web host if you run a business and want to highlight your services online via a company website. It’s the cheapest and safest way to upload your website.
What Are Web Hosting Services?
These are companies that take all your web pages and store them on a server, making them available whenever someone types in your URL/web address or does a search on Google. There are a number of different things to consider when choosing the right server for your business, including what range of packages are on offer, the bandwidth available and the security measures they have in place. There are many web hosting services available and it pays to shop around to find the best fit for your business.
Is Web Hosting Free?
You can get free web hosting but this is fairly limited and not really suitable for running a business. It’s more suited to private blogs and hobby sites than businesses. Many startups use these services to test the water and then move onto a paid hosting package once they are certain.
With paid hosting you get your own web address and a host of other tools that will be vital to the success of your business.
Can I Do The Hosting Myself?
If you want to spend hours putting it together and worrying about on-going security rather than running your business, you can host yourself. The good news is that packages for web hosting at the moment are really competitive which means that you can usually tailor something to fit your budget.
Does Web Hosting Include Email?
All web hosting comes with email added on. Our shared hosting package, for example, allows you to have 10 emails for starter accounts and 100 if you choose the Enterprise Account. Most web hosting packages nowadays come with a wide range of tools that make setting up a new website or migrating an old one a simple case of just clicking on a few buttons.
How Much Does Web Hosting Cost?
Shop around and you’ll find some competitive pricing around. You can pay as little as £50 a year for basic packages but much will depend on the type of service you want and the amount of traffic you are likely to attract to your site. The good news is that hosting is easily scalable. So, if you start on one of the lower cost packages but need to raise the bar because you’re getting more customers, it’s easy to do so. Our advice is not to base your choice of host purely on cost – there are other factors such as usability, reputation and customer support that are important.
Can We Change Web Hosting?
As with most things in life, swapping provider and shopping around is important if you want to get the best value. If you have an existing site and simply want to migrate it to a new host, it’s pretty simple to do this. Make sure you do all the due diligence checks beforehand however.
Which Web Hosting is Best?
There are a range of different types of hosting including virtual private servers (VPS), shared hosting, and reseller hosting. Which suits your business is going to depend on a number of parameters including the size of traffic that you are expecting to come to your site.
Which Web Hosting is Best for Small Businesses?
Most businesses will start with what is called shared hosting where you basically share the web server with a number of other users. Unless you have dramatically high levels of traffic, this should provide you with all the tools you need to compete successfully online. You can always change to a higher level or bespoke package at a later date.
I’m Not Happy With My Web Host, What Can I Do?
There can be any number of reasons why you could be unhappy with your web host – it might be down to the cost, lack of good security or simply that their customer service isn’t up to scratch. The good news is that it’s relatively simple to find a new host and get a better service. If you’re not happy, it’s time to shop around. Most hosts should be able to migrate your site to the new server with little or no interruption to your operation.