Choosing a host for your professional website

The trick Create its website states that the choice of the host to his professional website is essential. A bad web host often synonymous site inaccessible, could be damaging to your business and your site, especially if it is an e-shop.

To help you find your way in the jungle of offers of accommodation, here are the criteria to check for narrow your choices based on your needs and existing offers.
Choosing a host for your professional website


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Offers Webhost

shared server or dedicated

This is the first point to be determined depending on your needs:
  • Shared hosting

This is when multiple websites of different companies or individuals are hosted on a single server. Server resources are then shared, traffic and disk space limited.
the most economical solution, designed for sites that do not generate significant traffic (TPE showcase sites or SMEs).
  • dedicated hosting

It is when you rent or purchase a server for yourself. You can host multiple websites within the limit of available disk space. The traffic is unlimited.
Intended for sites that generate a lot of traffic and a lot of resources (online shopping).

Domain name

Check if the domain name registration is included or not in the delivery of the web host. If you already have a domain name for your site, you have the option to transfer to the host of your choice.

mail accounts

Some hosts offer you to create one or more email accounts for extending the domain of your website. One on behalf of your company, your name and for each of your employees, if you like. Example: [email protected]'URLdevotresite.fr, more professional than [email protected] Your messages are then hosted on the provider's server.

Accommodation capacities

  • Disk space

Depending on whether your site contains text pages or pages with videos, music and HD pictures, you will need more or less disk space, 5 MB to 50 GB!
  • Traffic

It is calculated based on the expected number of visitors, page views and the average weight of these pages. This determines the bandwidth and throughput you need 10 to 2000 GB per month.
No need to take too much bandwidth, but do not underestimate either the number of visitors, the risk that lie on your site load time.


The selection criteria and quality

Availability and Support

An often unavailable website, this can have negative consequences for your business: bad image, reduced activity if it is an e-shop, bad SEO, unavailable messaging, etc. Better then a rapid and efficient technical assistance, because accommodation is never 100% reliable.

To be sure of quality assistance, make sure the host guarantees a response time (IWG) and recovery time (GTR) with penalties for breach of these commitments.

Do not defeat reading the general terms and conditions (GTC), in particular to check the support conditions.

security

  • regular and full backups of your website, to prevent any loss of contents.
  • Data encryption to mitigate external attacks.
  • Room hosting the secure server equipped Uninterruptable Power System for air conditioning and a generator to provide power in the event of power failure, so that your website does not suffer any loss.

Updates and Scalability

Make sure that you have the ability to update your website using an intuitive configuration interface, not having to call the host for each change.

Make sure the service of your web host can evolve and grow along with your company's website.

optional services

  • attendance of your professional website stats.
  • Antispam / antivirus.
  • Additional communication tools: forum, blog, chat, contact form databases.
  • audio / video streaming.
  • mailing lists to send newsletters.
  • FTP (File Transfer Protocol). It is an Internet file transfer protocol which allows the exchange of large files between two computers, servers, etc., in order to alleviate the weight restriction for emailed attachments.

Providers

Amen.fr, OVH.org, Celeonet.fr, 1and1.fr, Online.net etc.
A more complete list of hosts is available on this tip: Choose a free or paid web host.

For accommodation without optional services, the cost varies between 2 and 30 € / month, depending on the hosting capacity controlled. Beware of low-cost accommodation that attractive for prices, less for services, particularly technical assistance.

Do not hesitate to ask your service provider or independent agency if it is they who have made your professional website. A web agency can obtain attractive conditions for hosting your site, because of the volumes it handles.

Count on solid values ​​of accommodation rather than young companies that are more likely to put the key under the door.

If for equal services, you hesitate between several providers, you can search their online reputation by consulting the review sites and participating in forums. But keep in mind that a few disgruntled customers make more noise than the majority of satisfied customers.
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