You are now able to set up a website with a one-click install and be up and live within a matter of hours. However, it is not recommended that anyone should rush straight into putting their website online. There should be a fair amount of planning that goes into a number of factors including the content, page layout, the website theme and the host they want to work with, amongst others.

Content creation can take a lot of time up and working out the right kind of content, which format, whether to use plugins etc. is not always straightforward. However, there are templates and examples that you can use as guidance on how to set up your pages and which kind of content to add to each one.

Hosting can be a bit more complicated, as you are usually tied into a term of a year or more, so you have to be sure that it is the right one before you commit to it. And you need to have an understanding of what you actually require from your web host. When you visit a host’s website, there will usually be a list of features that they offer and a range of plan types to choose from.

They will offer plans like business plans, baby plans and other variations of saying ‘smaller package’ and ‘monster package’. They will also offer different types of hosting including Cloud hosting, WordPress hosting, Reseller hosting, VPS hosting and Shared hosting. Many will also offer a website builder tool, some of which will be free and some will be at a cost.

A website builder makes it much easier for people with no technical web development knowledge to get their website set up. It provides templates for you to use, so that all you need to do is rename pages and add your own logo and choose your own colours before adding your own content. It is ideal for people who are completely new to building websites.

Other aspects of web hosting packages that you need to consider are factors like:

  • Performance
  • Storage space
  • Bandwidth
  • Customer Support
  • Scalability
  • Ease of use
  • Uptime guarantee
  • Money back guarantee
  • Reputation

So when you are going through your requirements think about each of these areas and check whether each host that you look at provides everything that you will need.

If you spend weeks creating and uploading content onto your website and then realise that the host you are using provides bad levels of performance or your website is frequently down for maintenance, this is going to be a real issue. This will especially apply if you have moved out of the money back guarantee period (if there was one).

This is why it is important to do your homework and find out all of the details that you need about the host you are thinking of working with. If you can find customer web hosting reviews on the host, then use them to compare to your own requirements. If you are a small business and other customers in the same situation give the host low ratings then you should steer clear. You might find comparison tables comparing each of the most popular hosts useful in your decision process.

Once you have decided on your host, you can concentrate on getting great SEO friendly content on your website to attract all of that business that your website will enable.

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