Major terms related with webhosting
When any user has decided to go for a webhosting plan, there are certain terms which he/she must get familiar with beforehand. This would ensure better understanding of the webhosting plans being offered by the service provider and which of them suit you better. There are certain features which need to be at minimum levels, such as server downtime and the price being offered. Further, you might not need too high levels of certain features such space offered as you may or may not be making too heavy web pages with any high end graphical features.
The first and foremost feature that must be checked by a user from the service provider is the space that is being offered. You would not need more than fifty megabytes of space if you are going to create a basic website with certain information without any flash animation or videos or music files. However, you would need lots of space if you intend to include them. Thus, it is very important to consider your requirement while choosing a plan. Further, there are certain types of websites which need a lot of space. These include shopping cart sites which may require up to one gigabyte of space.
You need to check with the service provider that for how long would your site remain active or 'up' in computer terms. Downtime would refer to the period of time for which the site would remain inactive due to various reasons such as maintenance, whether planned or unplanned. Website up-time of even 96-97 percent is quite less as it would result in long downtimes when your customers can not access your website. You should go for such a plan which has an up-time as close as possible to 100 percent. Even 100 percent up-time is not possible due to various technical considerations.
Further, the number of email accounts that you would get should also be confirmed beforehand. There are POP3 email accounts, which enable you to access your emails at any computer which has internet access. Moreover, you need to check whether you would need to create email addresses for different users or you would receive email which has been sent to any address at your domain.
These days, web hosting plans allow you to configure your website as per various popular types of websites. For example if you are planning to set up a website which focuses on blogging, you can check if the plan that you have chosen has support for popular blogging softwares such as Wordpress or Drupal etc. If you wish to have such a website which has lot of user interaction in the form of inputs, outputs and reports etc, you need to check what version of PHP software is supported by the service provider.
Further, the type of control panel that is provided by your service provider must be checked beforehand. You can get various reporting options and such tools which help in management of your website quite effectively. This would help you in a big way when your website has got operational.