On a daily basis, thousands of people are registering domain names and hosting their websites for their their personal use or their new business. However, how do you really know where to register your domain name and what service provider to sign up with for your web hosting services.
Here are 6 specific aspects you can look for to help you decide with company you choose to register your domain name and web hosting services.
First, it is necessary to decide on how many domain names you intend on registering and whether the domains will be either personal or for your business. The average cost for registering a domain can be anywhere from $1.00 to $15.00.
And, depending on the business you register, it could cost a fair bit more however, you would be able to find out the cost, once you search and register your domain.
Once your domain is registered, then you will need to direct your domains to a web hosting service company. But, what plan will you purchase and why?
If you have one or two domains, then opt for a basic plan which costs approximately $5.00 per month. You can always upgrade whenever necessary.
There are a few things to watch out for when looking to sign up for a hosting company.
1. Customer Service
One aspect in particular is: customer service. How can you contact the web hosting company? Is it by a 1-800 number or by live chat or both?
2. Hours of Operation
And, when are their hours of operation? Are they open from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, or are they open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week? This really makes a difference especially if you require help immediately for your business needs.
3. Amount of Web Space
Amount of web space is also important because if you have a small website 5MB of space will be plenty for your needs. However, a large site might require a bit more especially if you intend on adding a lot of images, videos or sound files.
4. FTP Access
It is necessary to have FTP access, in order to have the ability to upload your website pages easily. This is particularly helpful for web developers as well.
Does your web hosting company allow for you to set up an email account and name your email whatever you wish? It is important to be able to select an email name that corresponds with your website in order to look professional as a business.
6. Control Panel
This is also known as the c-panel. It is important to have access to your own c-panel so that you can control adding or deleting passwords, email accounts. You definitely want control over your website so that when you need to make a change, you can quickly log into your account and make the necessary changes. It avoids having to speak with technical support for every change you need to make to your website.
There are other more technical requirements however, those items would be understood and taken care of by the programmer, who will work on and oversee your website.