Tuesday, 14 July 2020
 
 
Web Hosting: Bundle Up If Youre Going Online PDF Print E-mail
We live in a great big bundled world. Where we once received bills from a phone, cell, cable, and Internet provider now we can receive one bill from one provider for all services. Typically these bundled items provide a discount to the end user as a gift for using one provider to the exclusion of all others.

The same premise is used for web hosting as well. In many cases you can bundle web hosting, web design, email, unique site features and more for one bundled price.

As these packages are bundled so are your options. In some scenarios you can save even more by using non-technical site tools that allow the site owner to develop the website on their own. When the site is complete it will still have the look and feel of the high quality site you need with features that will likely exceed your ecommerce needs. The best part is the price for this service may be substantially less than most other site design options.

The concept of bundling is really a throw back to the full service days of yesteryear. There was a time when you would fill up with gas and the attendant would check all your fluids, wash your windows and make sure your tires were filled to the right pressure.

In many ways this helps explain the bundling services that are available today. Sometimes all services originate with the provider while in other cases the provider works with strategic partners to provide seamless service for your ecommerce business.

Web hosting is an important function of your ecommerce business. One of the difficulties many businesses face when using a web designer is that once the site is developed it may be difficult to get changes made to the site in a timely manner.

Due to the growth in online business designers are spending enormous amounts of time developing new sites and have less and less time available for maintenance. This can put your site at risk and could result in missed business opportunity.

When you can make immediate changes to your site you can implement new ideas or sales opportunities on a moments notice. You no longer need to be at the mercy of an overworked site developer.

Bundled web hosting options provide an impressive number of customizable site templates and additional features that can be used to enhance your online presence or make connecting with your business much easier for clients and potential customers.

 
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A Comprehensive Mini-Guide To Web Hosting
What is web hosting: In the simplest words, web hosting is putting up your website or domain on the World Wide Web (www) Network. ‘Putting up’ is termed as hosting. Web hosting is done in order to give access to the world to your site (your page or the contents). Web hosting is done with the help of a server, which is connected to the internet.

In order to have your page/site connected to the web, you will have first to name it. The page/site name is called domain name. There are free domains where you need not pay for hosting, but here you have very restricted services. Hence, it is good if you have a low cost domain hosting if you have a low budget, but paid is preferable to the free services. Domain names usually end with .com. However, there are other suffixes like .org, .edu, .info, .in, .net and so on, which are as popular. Some suffixes indicate the business they are in like .edu will definitely be educational; .au is from Australia, .ro from Romania, and so on. When you choose a domain name, you must keep in mind that it will represent you on the web. So, choose a simple and concise name, preferably one that reflects or is your brand name. Simplicity is as important as accuracy as people will need to remember it to get back to you. It should not be too difficult to remember.

Once you decide on the domain name, you will have to turn your attention to the other factors required for a good web hosting decision, i.e. capacity of storage for your domain, traffic transfer capacity, customer support services, and reliability of the servers.

For storage capacity, you will need a minimum of 500 MB, which will be up gradable by your web host when you feel you need it. This usually involves a hike in the web-hosting price as well. With regard to traffic transfer or bandwidth, most web hosts offer about 100 GB traffic transfer per month which is okay for a small to medium website. Please take care that this is included as without the traffic to your website, your site will be dead. Some web hosts who charge very less for hosting will have additional prices for traffic transfer. Be sure you know about it and agree to it. Once you are with a web host, changing is cumbersome.

The most critical factor is service support. In order to have a good traffic and build good rapport your website should be always functional. In case there are some problem in accessing, opening of pages, or downloading, the web host should be able to settle the problem as fast as possible as time will cost you money and business rapport. Ideally, they should provide you with round the clock, seven-days-a-week service for paid services.

Last but not the least; their server’s reliability is synonymous with the reliability of your site in the eyes of your customers. If your site throws up ‘server not available’ all the time, your customers will shift their business elsewhere. Hence, you have to ensure that your web hosting is done by reliable and up-to-date servers, which can and will provide round the clock service with adequate back up in case of any interruption. They have to assure you to deliver 99.5% uptime, and their backup plans.