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12-18-2018

Ep. 34 – 5 Burning Questions You Should Have Answered Before Buying a Web Hosting Plan

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5 Burning Questions You Should Have Answered Before Buying a Web Hosting Plan

Buying web hosting services is an important step to successfully launching or managing a website. Be sure to include these 5 questions while you interview for the best partner.

 

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Host 1:    00:00    Podcasting from southern California, this is On The Net, your go-to for everything you need to know about how to get your business online and keep it there—brought to you by Lunarpages. We’ll help you navigate the mystifying ins and outs of doing business in today’s digital era. From web hosting to ecommerce to security and protection, if it has to do with your online presence, we’ve got it covered.

Host 2:    00:30    Hello everyone. Welcome to “On The Net,” where it’s all about your online presence. Thanks for joining us! This podcast is designed to make doing business online easy for web designers, developers, bloggers and online businesses of every shape and size. Whether you are new to buying web hosting or running a website, this podcast show will be able to answer your most burning questions. Buying web hosting services is an important step to successfully launching or managing a website.  As with most any business purchase, you will want to do your homework before choosing a partner. After all, every business has different needs so it’s never a one-size-fits-all purchase. For example, some businesses will be interested in buying web hosting that allows them to have plenty of space so that they can expand your bandwidth or storage capabilities. While other businesses may feel that UX is most important for them.

Host 2:    01:21    In today’s podcast episode, we will introduce 5 burning questions you should have answered before buying web hosting.  While we will only cover 5, there are many other important things you should ask your potential hosting partner that are specific to your business needs.  Start by asking about space.  Does the company have space or storage limits. The amount of space that you have access to is important when it comes to buying web hosting services. Think through your content assets and the goal of your website.  If you have a lot of video or audio content, for example, you will need to have ample space to upload your content without worrying about having limitations to space. You may also want to host more than one website so be sure to ask if that is a possibility and if there will be space issues if you host both sites within the same plan.   There are plenty of options when buying web hosting such as shared or managed hosting plans so don’t settle for less than what you think you need.

Host 2:    02:15    Take a look at the options for each plan and look for the features that are important to you before choosing. Also, while you’re talking about storage limits and space, bring up bandwidth requirements and limits.  Bandwidth has to do with the amount of server data that you can stream from your server and includes in its calculation the amount of data that can be transmitted in a certain time frame. If you have a digital device, bandwidth is expressed in BPS or “bits per second.” In analog terms, bandwidth is illustrated in cycles per second otherwise known as Hertz (Hz). In practical terms, the more bandwidth your web hosting server has, the more you can expand your site and add listeners or visitors to your database if you host podcasts or present content such as videos that take more bandwidth than other types of content. Moving on….the second question to ask should be about WordPress.

Host 2:    03:06    You will want to make sure that the partner you use supports WordPress.  We have talked a lot about WordPress in previous episodes as well as blog articles because it’s such an important product for web developers and businesses alike.  Around 33% of website owners use WordPress. When you are looking for a web host provider, you will want to ask whether they accept WordPress sites if you have a site on the WordPress platform. Otherwise, you will have to transfer all of your information and posts to another platform or embed a link in your pages instead. Ok, number 3, How good is your data security? Security has become more and more important over the years.  We have all heard about major security breaches that have put customers at risk.  Big data is immense now and by simply having a website you and your customers’ data is at risk. So, one burning question you will want to ask when buying web hosting services is whether there is a log on and password required to get into your web account, as well as how well the server has encrypted the information so that outside parties cannot get it as easily.

Host 2:    04:06    Using a virtual private network can keep a lot of your data private. This increases your level of security, but it is not a fool-proof way to hide while working online. If your website is e-commerce or stores any sensitive customer or employee data at all, you need a good SSL certificate. Make sure if the web hosting company you select offers it, it covers all of your security bases. If not, a multitude of third-party SSL providers exist for you to turn to. Another important question that we recommend you ask is around billing.  While the technical questions are very important, you will also want to make sure you know up-front what the charges and fees will be. As a business owner or manager, you are always watching your finances. Monthly premiums, setup fees, and other costs should all be known before you sign up with a web host server so that there are no surprises.

Host 2:    04:54    Speaking of no surprises, be sure to ask when your billing cycle will be, how much the monthly or annual charge is, and how often the server does updates and notifications of new software or security alerts. Getting the most out of your web server requires that you know what you need, have an understanding of what web hosts offer, and how to set it up to get it to do what you need. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask the company why they are the best choice for you.  If they have listened to you and understand your business and your concerns, they should be able to answer that. If you ask the right questions, you should be able to achieve all that you want to do with your brand. Do your research and use your resources to find out how you can improve your experience with your web host. If you are not getting what you need from your current server, look around for another one, using the questions we posed. Well, I hope that you have gotten some interesting and helpful information today. Good luck with your search and thank you for listening to the latest edition of Lunarpages podcast. Don’t forget to sign up for our podcast on iTunes to get future episodes that can be delivered to you automatically each week. Until next time, here’s to wishing you all the best with your website endeavors. Thanks for listening and take care.

Host 1:    06:07    Thank you for listening to the latest edition of Lunarpages, podcasts On The Net. Remember, it’s all about your online presence. If you like what you heard, please share our podcast and join us next week as we take on

Host 1:    06:19    another need to know topic around doing business in the digital era.

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