Having your own domain name will not only give you complete control over your website it will also allow you to ‘brand’ your products, services and establish your business online. For this to happen you need a good hosting company that can provide you with a space to put that domain name and the website you build around it.
Think of it like this, a big storage facility where anyone can rent one, or more, storage units. You pay a monthly fee and will have varying degrees of access to your storage space. The company that is renting the storage space will take care of all the maintenance and service; you just have to watch out for your particular storage unit.
Web hosting is a similar concept. There are many companies that will provide you with an online ‘storage space’ where you can ‘place’ your website. You will be renting a portion of their server, or a whole server depending on your needs. You will pay a monthly fee and they will take care of making sure that their servers are up and working 24/7.
Popular hosting companies such as RightBiz.com will offer several packages to suit virtually every online business need. For many people a simple shared hosting plan (where you rent a portion of a server) that will allow them to host unlimited websites (as long as none of them require a lot of bandwidth) will be plenty.
If you are planning to build multiple websites, you might want to consider a dedicated hosting account where you can rent a whole server from your hosting company. By going this route, you have more control and a lot more bandwidth. However, dedicated hosting can be rather costly especially when you are just starting out.
Another option is a reseller account. This is where you pay to rent a block of the servers and you can sub-divide that block into smaller units and then rent those out. The hosting company will still handle all the maintenance and usually the customer service. Just check the specifics with whichever hosting company you choose. It is more affordable than dedicated hosting and works very nicely for multiple websites.
When choosing a host make sure you get one that guarantees 99% up time. You will lose money if your server goes down and customers can’t get to your website. Great customer service is another thing to consider. You want to be able to reach someone 24/7 if you have a problem or a question.
Most companies are quite inexpensive and if you pay a year, or more, ahead of time your actual cost can be as low as $3 or $4 a month depending on your plan. If you don’t prepay and you opt for a monthly payment plan you can expect to pay around $10 a month for a shared hosting plan which will still allow you unlimited websites. You may have some bandwidth restrictions with this type of plan but unless you are getting millions of hits every day, you shouldn’t have to worry too much.
When it comes to choosing the right web hosting plan, you should determine what your website requirements are and buy the hosting plan that suits your needs the best.
To get you started check out all the hosting plans available at: http://rightbiz.com/web-hosting/index.php – Click the “Hosting” tab/button, then take a look around at the Shared, VPS, Dedicated and Reseller Hosting plans.
Keep in mind that as your online empire grows, you can increase the size of your hosting account to meet you need and once you are showing a nice profit you can decide whether you should consider getting a dedicated hosting account, so you can have more flexibility in the bandwidth as well as other functions.