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Once you have purchased a domain name and a hosting account, you'll notice that your webhost offers not only hosting services. Examples are: web design tools, extra server storage/bandwidth facilities, SEO services and extra email inboxes.
Web Design Tools.Most web hosts offer content management systems (CMS) for free. Examples are Wordpress, Drupal and Joomla. These free content management systems need data bases where all the settings and content will be stored. In general these systems are based on simple one click installations. Another option is to use free website creation tools. Again, most hosts offer such a tool. Personally I use either Wordpress or simple plain HTML web sites. The advantage of Wordpress is that it automates almost everything you need. If, for example, you need to change one of your navigation links while your Wordpress blog has hundreds or even thousands of pages, you can change your header or footer file and all pages are updated in seconds. A disadvantage of Wordpress is that the system isn't very flexible. Example: creating different navigation in different pages is as good as impossible. This is also valid for the website header. Most WP limitations can be resolved by using plugins. The advantage of plugins is the fact that they are easy and fast to install. However, the disadvantage of plugins is that they need to be updated regularly and that some of them are not compatible with other plugins or with your theme. The advantage of working with pure HTML sites is that it's very flexible. The design of each and every page can be different. On the other hand a disadvantage is that working on your own HTML site is, generally time consuming because there's no automation involved.
Server space and traffic.Space and traffic are the most important components of any website hosting account. Most hosts offer unlimited space but, of course this is nothing more that a sales slogan. As a customer you can always exceed your so called unlimited space. This can happen when you have a blog or site with numerous photos or videos. If it occurs there are two possibilities: either you have a very limited web host who will suspend your account or you are dealing with a professional company such as Linux Hosts Inc. that will offer you additional webspace at affordable cost. Traffic refers to the bandwidth your site consumes. The more visitors the higher the amount of consumed bandwidth or traffic. Once you exceed your traffic limit a reliable web host will offer you more bandwidth for which you'll have to pay extra.
Seo services.There are providers who offer these extra services, either paid or at no charge. Examples are search engine ranking advice or help, multiple IP addresses that can be used for linking purposes, and file compression for higher web site loading speed.
Email inboxes.All hosts offer email accounts and, again, some of them offer unlimited inboxes. As said before, nothing is unlimited and that also applies to your email accounts. The advantage of a web hosting email account is that you can have a personalised email address such as firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. It's risky to make your address a "catch all" email address because it means that it forwards all messages sent to your domain name to your email address, regardless of what comes before the @ symbol. The basic email account allows you to create a pre-specified number of different email addresses based on your domain name. It's better to use this basic option without "catch all". Only genuine messages sent to these valid addresses will be forwarded while anything else will bounce back.
My conclusion is that it's a good idea to check if the above mentioned extra options are included before buying your new web hosting package. My web hosts, Linux hosts Ltd. includes all these extra web hosting services for free when you buy a hosting plan. Last, but not least, a few extra remarks:
Conclusion.Personally I think that always available excellent support is the most important requirement for a host. Technical support personel should be friendly, fast, knowledgeble, competent, skilled and experienced. My web site hosting company offers this and more than that: I have experienced so many times that they repaired the broken file and that they were the one to implement the correct setting in order to resolve a possible technical issue fast without work on my part. Also important is the fact that uptime (this is the time that your site is online) should be at least 99.99 percent and not 99.9 or less and your web space provider should guarantee this. Want to know more? Why not watch below video? Last but not least I'd like to emphasize that the information in this article is not waterproof because reliable web hosts are permanently improving their services and the Internet is constantly changing. Finally, may I invite you to read the banner at the top of this page? It points to my own provider who has the world's lowest customer cancellation rate! Thanks for reading!
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