Friday, March 14, 2008

How Your Web Site Design Plays a Role in the Web Host You Go With

by Colin S. Wood

Sometimes a web site design plays a role in which web host you choose to go with. The service of web hosting is tremendous and varies from one host to another. For example if your web design on your web page is to be very basic and include a small amount of file hosting (which means "files can be uploaded via FTP or a web interface") then you could go with a web hosting service that offers a very basic amateur or beginner value package. In this case files are uploaded to the net basically "as is" and little designing or modifications are needed.

Keep in mind when it comes to web site design that you want to keep your costs as low as possible but yet you want the web page to be as professional as possible. Think affordable web site design and custom web site design.

For a complex business oriented website look for an intensive web hosting package. When web page design is to be complex, one needs to find a web host that allows for database support as well as application development platforms. Some examples of these include ASP.NET, Java and PHP. This type of web hosting services makes it possible for customers to do such things as "to write or install scripts for applications like forums and content management." If e-commerce is on your agenda then a secure socket layer (SSL) is an absolute necessity and 128-bit encryption is the best way to go.

If you choose to get a hosted shopping cart (or online storefront) you will also require a supported gateway because gateways make it possible for shopping carts to link up with credit cards in real offline time. This is what you need. The most reliable shopping carts will be able to process payments from the larger payment processing companies that exist online and therefore you need a web host that will adequately provide you with the e-commerce services you need to run your site.

If yours is to be a "database driven website" then the database accommodation of the web host could play a big role in which one you go with. For example, if your web page design includes SQL scripting language then it will be necessary that it can read whatever you choose to use in the HTML of your web pages in order to gain access to the particular database, for example if you choose to use PHP.

How much space you need on your website makes a difference when choosing a web host for your professional web page design. Keep in mind that a web host basically means that you are renting or purchasing space on someone else's hard drive. As a general rule, a disk space of 50MB is sufficient room for twenty plus web pages and this is approximately the size of a medium to small business website. The more images, sounds, applets or animation you decide to include on your web page, the more disk space you will require. These things are all important aspects of your web page design.

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