Thursday, 20 February 2020
 
 
What To Look For In Web Hosting Selection PDF Print E-mail
So, you decided to host your domain or website on the World Wide Web. Good, do you know how to decide on the best web-hosting package? Let me help you with a few guiding points to make a good and informed decision. There are a great number of factors in choosing and I am going to describe each very briefly:

1.Reliability of the server and Uptime
2.Traffic Transfer or Bandwidth
3.Disk or storage space
4.Technical or service support
5.Add-ons capacity

Reliability of the servers and Uptime: The servers of the web host should be reliable and should have a continuous uptime of a minimum 99.5%. The server reliability translates into the availability of your website on the net. If someone tries to access your site and they get ‘server not found’ message too many times, they will shift their business elsewhere. A good web host will guarantee 99.8% uptime round the clock 7 days a week.

Traffic Transfer or Bandwidth: Traffic transfer or bandwidth refers to the capacity of the web host to accommodate simultaneous access to your website. This is measured by the bytes number (amount) transferred by your site when web surfers access your site on the web. All web hosts will charge for this service and there is no such thing as ‘limitless bandwidth’. It is good if you can find out the details before hand so as to avoid bad surprises with high bills for data transfer. A simple website will be comfortable with about 50 GB to 100GB.

Disk or storage space: As important as the traffic transfer size, is the disk or storage space. Similarly, you should look out for a minimum 200 MB. Many web hosts will and can offer you larger disk / storage spaces, which is absolutely fine. However, keep in mind that even if you are a totally professional site you may not need more than 5000 MB. So, a realistic move is to aim at 200– 1000 MB as disk/storage space.

Technical support: Look for history of the web host and find out their approach and time of rectification of different problems that can crop up with the server and sites. All web hosting entities will assure you of round-the-clock service seven-days-a-week. However, very few really function this way. It is very important to have a good service support so as to have an interrupted access to your site. Be careful of free services and false assurances in this field as it can destroy your business with lack of proper support.

Add-ons capacity: You should be able, unless you prefer otherwise, to add, update, and delete things in your website yourself. The most normal of these things would be managing your email, passwords and creating different accounts. There are more advanced features with the control panel of the host, which could allow you to add or delete extra items on your website directly. You should find out the amount of liberty your host can extend to you.

In case you are planning to run a business complete with financial transactions, order forms, you will need additional services like secure server for credit card encrypting and the like.

Other plus points are email auto-responders, mail forward, re-routing, and multiple accesses. This would ensure that your negotiations cover all bases.


 
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Web Design For Search Engines
Search engines don’t give higher rankings for a pretty site, but they do pay attention to what you say and how you say it – make that your priority and the rest will fall into place.

There’s an old saying, “People vote with their pocketbook.” I’d like to suggest they also vote with their apathy.

Current popularity choices are in a constant state of flux. There are times when site visitors seem to respond to flash technology while other times the simple site of flash will cause them to use their back button. They just don’t have the enthusiasm they need to venture through yet another animated flash design.

Sometimes visitors enjoy a stripped down site that is easy to navigate with limited bells and whistles while other times it appears sites with surprises and a graphic intense format captures attention.

The problem is knowing which format is popular at any given time. Sometimes your site design should operate independent of what seems to be gaining the most immediate attention.

I had been told about a site that had information I was interested in. I went to the site was met with a broad range of bells and whistles. I had no idea which function did what, but it looked cool and the sounds were great. I left with a sense of appreciation for complex site design, but never returned because I couldn’t easily find what I needed.

You can develop a site design that is both inviting and easy to navigate. Many web designers feel that you must sometimes sacrifice one for the other, but I’ve never found that to be true.

Web design is a simple mechanism that takes all your work and strains it into a comprehensive, yet condensed, representation of your greatest dreams and fondest hopes.

Sometimes the focus of the site can shift from what is most important in the overall understanding of your business idea to glamorous ways to present the site.

If you take a look you can find sites that seem to be more about looking good than they are about helping a visitor understand the business and products well enough to convert to consumer status.

Brick and mortar stores may give their showroom a facelift from time to time, but they also understand the decorations are not what makes the business. If the decorations are wonderful they may see more visitors, but they may only be interested in seeing what it looks like with little interest in what’s being sold.

In web design the first things to attend to are comprehensive content and easy navigation. Any dressing up of the site can wait until you know what your site will say and how you will get from one location on the site to the next in the fewest clicks (generally no more than two).

Search engines don’t give higher rankings for a pretty site, but they do pay attention to what you say and how you say it – make that your priority and the rest will fall into place.