What You Need to Know About Creating a Website
Creating a website isn’t all that difficult these days but there are some things you need to know. First, choose your webhost carefully. You webhost is just that, a company that hosts your website on their servers for a fee. This feel is usually quite reasonable, and varies depending on the package you choose. If you’re just planning to have a blog or other simple website, a shared server should be just fine, but if you want an ecommerce storefront or expect high traffic, a dedicated package is strongly recommended. What’s the difference? With a shared package your site will share space and bandwidth with other sites on a server. A dedicated package gives your site a server all to itself. If you have a shared package and your site gets heavy traffic that causes it to use lots of bandwidth or processing power, you will get nastygrams from your host and could even get your site shut down, so keep that in mind.
If you are planning an ecommerce site, make sure your webhost offers quality ecommerce features like a shopping cart and SEO services. If you’re unsure, here’s a tip. Web.com offers local SEO services. You’ll also need an SSL certificate so make sure your webhost offers that service.
When researching a webhost, be sure to check their reviews on several different sites. Pay special attention to how they respond to issues and what their downtime rate is. If it’s less than 95%, steer clear. Ask friends and family for recommendations, and you could even ask some of your favorite sites who their host is. You want a host that is reliable, responsive to problems and secure.
Security is a big one. With all the hacks and data breaches making the news, you have to be prepared for anything. Use Google to run a webhosts name and see what comes up under news. If they’ve made headlines for security issues recently, especially more than once, avoid. Make sure the host offers a good anti-virus application, and that you keep whatever platform you choose to run your website on (WordPress is the most popular) updated. Run anti-malware scans frequently, and make sure your username is not “admin” or any variation thereof (like admin1). That is by far the easiest for hackers to crack. Always make security a priority!