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Choosing A Web Host For Your Professional Website
Create the website – choose the hosting first for professional website. A bad web host, synonymous with site often inaccessible, could be damaging to your activity and your site, especially if it is an e-shop. To help you find yourself in the jungle of accommodation offers, here are the criteria to check to refine your choice, according to your needs and existing offers.
The offers of the hosts
Shared or dedicated server
This is the first point to determine according to your needs:
This is when multiple sites from different companies or individuals are hosted on the same server. Server resources are then shared, traffic and disk space are limited. The most economical solution, designed for sites that do not generate significant traffic (VIP display sites or SMEs).
This is when you rent or buy a server for you alone. You can host multiple websites within the available disk space. The traffic is unlimited. Intended for sites that generate a lot of traffic and require a lot of resources (online shops).
Check whether the registration of the domain name is understood or not in the provision of the host. If you already have a domain name for your site, you have the option to transfer it to the host of your choice.
Some hosts offer to create one or more mail accounts with the domain name of your website. One on behalf of your company, one in your name and one for each of your employees, if you wish. Example: your.name @ desirename.com more professional than email@example.com. Your mails are then hosted on the server of the host.
Depending on whether your site contains text pages or pages with videos, music or high-definition images, you will need more or less disk space, from 5 MB to 50 GB!
It is calculated according to the number of visitors expected, page views and the average weight of these pages. This determines the bandwidth and throughput you need, from 10 to 2000 GB per month. Do not take too much bandwidth, but do not underestimate the number of visitors, at the risk of lengthening the loading time of your site.
The criteria of choice and quality
Availability and Technical Support
A website often unavailable, this can have negative consequences for your company: bad image, decline in activity if it is an e-shop, bad referencing, messaging unavailable, etc. It is better to have an efficient and fast technical assistance, because accommodation is never 100% reliable. To be sure that you have quality assistance, ensure that the host guarantees a response time (GTI) and a recovery time (RTG), with penalties for breach of these commitments. Do not override the general conditions of sale, especially to verify these conditions of assistance.
- Regular and complete backups of your website, to prevent loss of content.
- Encryption of data to compensate for external attacks.
- Secure server hosting room equipped with Uninterruptable Power System, air conditioners and generator set to provide power in the event of a power outage so that your site will not suffer any breaks.
Updates and Scalability
Make sure that you have the ability to update your site, thanks to an intuitive configuration interface, so that you do not have to call the host every time you change. Make sure that your web hosting service can evolve and grow at the same time as your company’s website.
- Statistics of attendance of your professional site.
- Antispam / antivirus.
- Additional communication tools: forum, blog, chat, contact form of databases.
- Streaming audio / video.
- Mailing lists to send newsletters.
- File Transfer Protocol (FTP) access. It is an Internet file transfer protocol that allows the exchange of large files between two machines, servers, etc., in order to mitigate the weight restriction for attachments sent by mail.