You've decided that you want to create your own website and you've learned about how to do it and what the possibilities are for web hosting; now it's time to choose which web page hosting package is going to be the right fit for your web pages. There are a lot of web hosting options, so the choice may initially seem a bit daunting.
Freeservers offers this wide variety of options to ensure that you'll be able to find a web hosting package that provides you the perfect balance of features and price. The comparison chart of our web hosting packages provides an easy and visual way to compare. But how do you make sense of all those hosting options in the context of your actual needs? And how do you figure out what your website's hosting needs even are? If those are the questions you're asking yourself now, keep reading; we'll help you to answer them!
Planning for Your Web Hosting Needs
At this stage in the process, you may or may not have a clear picture of what you want your website to be and what you hope it will accomplish. If your website goals are still a little fuzzy, this is a great time to take a moment to think about what they are. For example, do you want to create web pages to keep your family updated on what's going on in your life? Or is your goal to establish a web presence for your small business? Figuring out your basic goals will bring you to an excellent starting point for assessing how much webspace and which website features you will need.
Thinking about Website Features
Once you have an idea of your website goals, you'll be able to ask yourself the questions that will help you to determine which features you need in a web hosting package. If you don't have a great deal of experience building web pages, the list of features available might seem awfully confusing. Here are some basic explanations of the features you'll be seeing, to help make comparing them easier.
Disk space is the amount of space allotted for the storage of your web files. If it consists primarily of basic HTML web pages, your website won't require much disk space. If you're hosting a lot of graphics or audio files on your website, however, these larger web files will necessitate more disk storage space.
Bandwidth is the amount of data that is sent to the people who visit your website. How much bandwidth allowance your website requires depends upon the size of your web pages and the number of visitors who access those pages.
Web Statistics and Reporting
Our statistics and reporting features give you the opportunity to learn about who's visiting your website. Freeservers offers both beginner and more advanced professional levels of web reporting.
There are a few additional things to consider when you're choosing your hosting package. One more question to ask yourself is whether you're willing to have banner and popup advertisements appear on your web pages. If the answer is no, then you know that free web hosting isn't right for you. Another consideration is whether you'll want CGI access, PHP, MySQL, and FTP access. These tools are included with our upgraded hosting packages.
Of course, the most familiar of all the hosting options you'll encounter is price. This is certainly an important consideration, but it's not the only one. You'll want to make sure you're getting the balance between price and features that will allow you to create a website that achieves your goals. Freeservers offers you the web hosting package options you need to find this perfect balance, and now that you're familiar with the features available, you're ready to make the hosting choice that's right for you.