How to match your website needs with suitable web hosting.
What web site hosting do you need?
Web Hosting Explained.
|Website Hosting Platform||Description||Benefit|
|Free Online Web Hosting||Great for a simple demonstration information website with little control.||You only need a web browser to create a website within thier domain. E.g. www.youname.freehosting.com, Wix|
|Hosted eCommerce||Buy a domain name (www.yourstore.com), pay for a hosted eCommerce store monthly, list products and sell.||No technical skills required. Sell globally. E.g. Shopify|
|Shared Web Hosting||Multiple websites sharing space on a web server||Cheap web hosting (about $100/year). Variations can include content management system hosting.|
|Virtual Private Server Web Hosting||One virtual server for your website(s). More storage space is available.||This can handle more traffic (100,000+ visitors per month). About $500-$1000/year.|
|Dedicated Web Server||One whole physical web server for your website(s). More storage space available.||This web server can handle much more simultaneous uses. About $1500-$5000/year.|
|Simple Static Cloud Website||Create a Cloud folder, copy web pages to the folder and point a domain name to the folder.||Simple web pages can be displayed from multiple redundant data centres in one region. Very cheap, about $50/year.|
|Advanced Cloud Website||Website web pages can be provided from multiple data centres around the world.||The same domain name is used around the globe. Visitors read web pages from the closest data centre. $$$|
|Development Website||Create a web server on your computer to demontrate or develop a website.||Develop websites offline. Test new features in development. Software like WAMP, MAMP or Internet Information Server is required.|
|Website Hosting Considerations||Description||Benefit|
|SSL Certificate||This allows encrypted communication between your website and visitors. SSL can be free or paid. It is based on the domain name.||Used for customer information and payments handling. It shows your website is secure. Avoids unsecure error messages.|
|Google Analytics (or equivalent)||This provides tracking of website visitors by having a code snippet in each web page. Free.||Track visitor numbers, web pages used, time on website, traffic source, visitor origin, device used etc.|
|sitemap.xml||This is a file that lists all the important web pages on your website. Notify the search engines your sitemap.xml file exists. Free.||Search Engines use this file to review your website. Good web pages are indexed for Internet Search results (free traffic).|
|Social Sharing||Allows visitors to share your content on thier social media accounts with social media sharing buttons.||Expand the reach of your website content to new audiences.|
|Google Map Entry||If you business has a physical location then a Google My Business (Google Map) entry can be created. Free.||Lets you add your website address, address, contact details, open hours and pictures.|
|Backlinks||Create links back to your website from all relevant sources. E.g. Facebook company page, LinkedIn company page, email signature blocks.||Raise the sources to get your website traffic. Raises the authority of your website slightly.|
|CMS Plugins||This extends the functions of a content management system. E.g. Visual themes, eCommerce, payment gateways, Paid Memberships, Digital Download sales etc.||There are 1000's of plugins available. This may involve testing the combinations to reach the website goals.|
Now you have an outline for a Web Hosting, either complete the 5 Website Design Checklists below or progress to Website Creation