If you’re just getting your feet wet as an online entrepreneur or if you’re just trying to find the right hosting service for your first website, the amount of information provided might seem intimidating. Below I’ve listed some of the most common terms you should know before jumping into such an important decision.
No matter what you’re planning on using your hosting for, you need to think about your domain name. While there are plenty of free platforms out there, they don’t allow for as much personalization. In terms of making an online income, your own domain is practically mandatory.
Look at it like real estate. This is the place for you to build your income. It’s yours, you own it, and your content is limited only by your imagination and drive. If your web host offers a free domain, even better because it allows you to keep track of your site and your hosting all on the same platform.
Figuring out the amount of bandwidth you need is simpler than most people make it out to be and when it comes to your host site, it determines the type of plan you’re going to need. The more people who visit your site, the more bandwidth you’re going to need. Say the homepage of your website is 50KB. That means that every visitor to your site will also have to access 50KB of data. When you multiply by your number of monthly visitors, that’s your bandwidth. When you exceed this amount, it can mean anything from an extra charge from your web host, or your visitors being unable to view your page. Always try to monitor it to make sure you’re within your limits. What’s the best way to monitor it?
If your hosting service doesn’t give you access to your cPanel, you might consider switching to one that does. a cPanel is a UNIX-based web host interface. It’s your control panel that allows you to login as the webmaster and perform maintenance tasks such as monitor your bandwidth, and your web stats.
My hosting provider offers a free private SLL with my monthly package. SSL stands for Secure Socket Layers which basically encrypts information as it’s transferred across the internet. What does this mean for your website? Well, you can use this to secure data as it’s being accessed. If you plan to accept credit card payment or take customer information, it gives you another layer of security as well as the secure lock up in your address bar. It’s not something that every site needs, but if your hosting service offers it, it’s definitely something to consider.
With an understanding of these terms, it should help you decide what web host is going to be the best fit for you so you can avoid costly mistakes down the road.