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Why should you pay for hosting?

Why should I pay for a web hosting service? Actually, it’s not as expensive as you think. You just need to value the level of reliability and performance. Learn how to make a good investment here.

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Getting your own website is not that expensive. Why should you pay for hosting?

Bank terminal and credit card to pay for hosting
Close up of customer paying by credit card

There is a high level of uptime (reliability)

The level of reliability is quite important while choosing a web host for both free and paid services, but if your plans are to pay for hosting, then you can expect any level of reliability at all. Most likely, you’re going to want your website to be up and running 24/7, and you’re only going to be able to get that from a web host who has reliable servers and a stable network connection. Make sure you take the time to check out a host’s uptime record before deciding on one. If you want to check their uptime guarantees and read reviews about them, you can do that too.

Sites that are difficult to reach, or that are frequently out of service is a sure way to lose visitors, customers, and revenue. Someone finding your site will not hesitate to go to a competitor site if they find it unavailable. But if your site is available and they can’t connect, they will go to a competitor site. The problem of slow access to your website is also very frustrating to dedicated visitors (just as it is to you when you upload new content).

The amount of traffic/bandwidth

The bandwidth you use may be restricted by your hosting provider, so be sure to read and understand any restrictions that may pertain. In the event that you plan on bringing in video, audio, or any other element that is going to consume a significant amount of bandwidth to your website, choosing a web host with the right bandwith is important, because you will need a package that complies with your specifications.

The PHP, .htaccess, SSH, MySQL, FTP, etc. tools are all very important

PHP

The first thing you want to do is make sure you don’t need the consent of your host if you intend to install PHP or Perl. A feature that if you want to implement on your site will have to wait until they approve it before you can implement it.

htaccess

For example, if you wanted to customize your error pages (the messages displayed when visitors land on an extinct page on your website), you would do that. In order to secure your website against bandwidth theft, hotlinking, etc. as well as to set up password-protected folders, it is necessary to be able to create or modify .htaccess files.

SSH

The SSH protocol is useful for maintaining databases such as MySQL and also when you want to run a blog, a content management system, or a content distribution network.

FTP

With FTP, you are able to transfer files from a local computer with a web hosting computer (server) with ease so you can preview them on your computer no matter where you are. In some hosts, you are only limited to designing and uploading pages that they provide for you. You will instead need to design and upload your pages using their website builder rather than their own. You should generally have at least FTP access unless you are an absolute beginner and are only planning a very basic site. Be sure to have access to an email address and a web browser at the very least if you are not using FTP.

Choosing a web host with Control Panel

In short, a control panel is a software/application that allows you to handle a variety of aspects of your hosting account, such as your email, your website, etc. Generally, you should expect to be able to access a control panel from a commercial host in order to perform everyday maintenance without having to rely on technical support to make simple changes. With a cPanel, you will be able to manage your email addresses, passwords, account information, as well as basic server configurations from a simple dashboard. You may find that it is annoying to have to go through a technical support agent every time you need to do something simple or a charge to perform one small administrative task.

Hosting multiple domains at the same time

Nowadays it’s common to have more than one domain you own, since in these days they’re not very expensive, and it’s hard not to own more than one. As a result, you need to allocate additional hosting space so that you can accommodate extra domains. You are able to host multiple domains from one account, which provides a simplified hosting process for multiple domains. A domain add-on refers to one or more additional domains that are associated with the same hosting account. Most of the shared hosts allow you to add on additional domains to your account. You should make sure that you find out how much they are charging beforehand.

The cost of the service

Like everything in life, you often get what you pay for when it comes to web hosting. Depending on the size of your website and whether you expect large amounts of traffic, you should expect to pay anywhere between $10 and $150 per year for shared hosting. It is possible to buy hosting plans with high capacity starting at $150 and going upwards.

There are various options to pay for hosting bill with most commercial hosts offering monthly and annual payment plans; you will also receive a cheaper rate if you choose the latter. After you have been reassured that the host provides a reliable service, you can switch to the cheaper annual payments, or you can switch hosts quickly if the host fails to meet your expectations.

The final thing we need to talk about is renewals. You’ll want to check the price for renewals of a package if you’re satisfied with the price of that package. On average, you can expect that in this industry, you will be offered a low signing-up cost, but you will be charged a higher renewal cost. As long as you don’t plan to switch between hosts every few years, you will have to pay renewal prices regardless of whether or not you want to.

Email service

If you would like to host email accounts alongside your website, make sure that your host allows you to set up the email addresses you wish to host on your domain before signing up. A random email address that is not linked to your domain sounds a bit shabby, doesn’t it? Now think about how much more professional info@yourdomain.com looks over info.yourdomain@gmail.com. Look for a web host that provides you with this service.

I don’t think it’s a big deal when emails are provided, so it’s not a problem. If you are interested in getting a domain name email account, there are other ways of obtaining one.

Choosing a web host support for technical issues

Among the unfortunate aspects of accommodation is the possibility that things can go wrong at the most inconvenient time. You need to ensure that your host offers 24/7 support, 365 days a year. I think the most important thing is that you have someone throw a lifeline at you when you hit the SOS button, and no matter who answers on the other end, that person is well equipped with the knowledge that will be able to help you. There and then. To get an idea of what it’s like, it’s best to read online reviews from real customers recounting their experiences.

Occasionally, you will come across a query that is not urgent. I would recommend you take some time to learn more about your server settings and try to find a way to fix the problem on your own. Is there a knowledge base or FAQ that you can browse to help further your understanding of what is going on? Check if comprehensive documentation is available so that you can solve problems yourself, whether you prefer to talk over the phone or rather have extensive documentation at hand.

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