Anyone who has developed a website and wants it to be reachable over the internet needs website hosting services. They allow a person or company to get their site out there on the World Wide Web.
Website hosting is when a company provides its server space and internet or leases their servers to a company for the purpose of hosting their website. Hosting Companies or Web Hosting Providers are additional names for such companies.
The best method of finding a website hosting package from a company to suite your needs is to check on their price and functions. Managing your web space or the main directory is the first work of a website hosting package. Significant website hosting system files such as your public_html sub-folder that let people to check out your site as long as you want are saved in this directory. Yet another task is protecting your website content. The subsequent job is to make certain you are in a position to use the package features such as e-mail account creation etc by managing the set of tools (Control panel) which is available with the package.
There are a lot of such packages in the market with diverse characteristics. The important features, however, are the same in all website hosting packages. Some features available are.
Amount of Storage: The selection of package should be decided by the size of your site and the amount of gigabytes of storage you need.
Amount of Bandwidth: In a month, the amount of upload and download of data that a user can carry out on a website is referred to as bandwidth. You will either be charged an additional fee or the site will be unavailable if you exceed your website hosting packages limit.
Maintaining Domains and Subdomains: It is a very good idea to get a package which allows for expansion and creation of different subdomains.
Extra Features: Make sure your package offers extra features such as widgets, email and apps such as a mobile app which allows you to access your site administration etc.
Tech Support: Check what kind of support your package offers like email, ticketing, live chat etc.
Language Support: Make sure your website hosting package offers support for server languages other than PHP.
Site Backup: There is a chance of data loss despite your site being connected to the internet. Make sure that site files and database backups are offered by your package.
Operating System: Distribution is not an issue if you are using Open Source Language. Most hosts provide options, however, those using ASP.NET; require Windows hosting which is expensive.