Hosting services are the staple of the internet as of date. With thousands of blogs and websites being launched every minute, the hosting industry has grown threefold over the past few years. With so many companies jostling for space, the hostmaster has received a pivotal role. However, what most people launching their online presence do not know is how to differentiate between reality and fiction.
So let’s get right into it and try to make sense of all the hoopla.
Misconception 1: The best package for me is the one that offers me all the perks
Whenever we purchase something, we always look for value. We do not mind spending a little extra provided the cost matches the perks. Hosting services try to play on this mentality when they offer these services to website and blog owners. They will push the most comprehensive package and present it will all the ribbons.
However, you need to understand your needs. What is the purpose of your website? Are you hosting a blog or an e-commerce website? Are you hosting a forum? If all you want is a blog or a forum, then you do not need a premier package. The opposite is true for an e-commerce website or a large company making its online debut.
Misconception 2: I am getting the unlimited package – So more power to me!
When your hostmaster tells you about the unlimited package, do not reach for your wallet. Yes, the unlimited package is the best package a hosting service can offer. But do not get fooled by the word “unlimited”. There is no such term as “unlimited” in the hosting industry. It is just a marketing gimmick used by the providers.
When you are offered this package, always ask the service provider to specify the details offered with this package. Every service provider clearly specifies the amount of bandwidth and space reserved for each client under the unlimited package. Knowing this is crucial as this way you can decide if the service will be able to cater to your needs and future growth.
Misconception 3: I don’t need additional security for my website
Most website and blog owners make the big mistake of depending on the hosting service for security. No matter how many times your hostmaster may tell you that your data is secure, the fact of the matter is that they employ only the basic security packages for each client.
You see, the hosting service knows that even a blog made by using WordPress has some level of security incorporated. So they assume that the double layer of protection is enough protection for the content. Hence, it always makes sense to invest in a quality security solution that can protect you from virus attacks, hackers and malware attacks.
The above three points cover all the basics when it comes to hosting services. Do you have any horror stories connected to your hostmaster? Share them with us and help educate other website owners out there.
About the author: Ted Garza is a professional teacher. He has worked at kindergartens in USA and abroad for most of his professional life. In his free time he likes to write texts and articles on the topics of technology and also its implementation in everyday life for different websites (for example for the Danish “UnoEuro hostmaster“)