If you're new to having an online presence, you may be wondering what exactly a webhosting company can do for you and your business.
While you may have already signed a service contract, that's not to say that you can't still learn more and make your next contract even more advantageous for yourself, avoiding paying for services you aren't using or streamlining the process and getting all of your services from one company on one plan.
Your domain name can be purchased either from your webhosting company or another domain name company. These purchases are usually good for one, two, three, five, ten, or more year terms. The prices of course vary accordingly.
You don't necessarily have to buy your domain name from your webhosting company. Some people find it more convenient to do it this way; others prefer to keep their domain name purchase separate from their webhosting set-up.
Web storage space
A webhosting company will usually offer storage space in set allocations of gradually increasing size.
If you are well on-track with knowing how much web storage space you'll need, you won't necessarily have to pay for space you don't use. If you are planning on growing your site significantly or reducing the size of your site significantly, this can have an impact on your web storage space decisions.
Some webhosting consumers are tech-savvy enough to be able to build their own websites. For others, it's more convenient and a time-savings to have someone else do it for them. If you do it yourself, then you need to know that you can transfer the files to your allocated webspace.
If you pay to have someone else do it, then you need to decide if you're going to have a webdesign firm do the project or if you plan on having your webhosting company do it.
Webhosting companies often offer a few different options with variations on the number of email boxes available and how much storage space is allocated to each email box. Depending on the size of your organization, you may need a minimum number of email mailboxes and storage sizes.
Webhosting companies can offer database support for those who need it. If your website uses PHP for example, database support can be an important consideration if you're not a database whiz. Today's databases are becoming more and more ubiquitous.
It's worth your time to find out more about them; even if you choose not to install one now, you may be looking at installing a database on your website soon.
If you're selling anything online, you need an ecommerce solution. The level of webhosting support you get for whatever solution you choose can make the difference in getting online sales and not.
So you see, there are a lot of things your webhosting company can do for you. While you may not need all of these services, you'll probably need enough of them that it's a good idea to know what's out there in order to get the most webhosting for your money.