04 Nov Web Hosting – A Review For Allied Health Professionals
Any budding health entrepreneur understands that having a website is the foundation for any business. Setting up a website can be tricky in itself let alone finding the best web-hosting company can be even more tricky.
What is website hosting? Web hosting refers to a service that puts your website on the Internet. In other words, it makes your website available to your users. In general, most websites are intended to be viewed by anyone on the Internet, at any time. If you want anyone on the Internet to be able to view your website, you need to make sure your website is running on a computer which is connected to the Internet 24 hours per day, 7 days per week (24/7).
The easiest way to get your website up and running is by using a third party hosting provider allows you to concentrate on developing your website (or whatever else it is you may do), and leave the hosting tasks up to a company who (presumably) specialises in web hosting.
A good web hosting company will provide at least the following services:
- 24/7 support
- 24/7 FTP access (so you can update your website)
- A number of email accounts (i.e. yourName@yourDomain.com)
- Online control panel for managing your website
- Online traffic statistics (so you can see how much traffic your website receives)
- A robust database management system, such as MySQL or MS SQL. This is so you can add your own database if required
A quick review of the ‘big players’ in the Web Hosting arena
There are a myriad of web hosting companies out there, so who is the best? Let’s take a look at a few of the big name players in the industry.
Definitely one of the “big daddies” of web-hosing. Overall great service and easy to use, you can’t go wrong really. We use these guys and find them very simple. If you are starting out they have some great FAQs and tutorials to work you’re way through.
Downsides? A little more expensive than some of the others.
Price: $8.99 a month on a 12 month plan.
We would give them 8/10
Again, a company which has everything you need. We have used them in the past but moved on as their service was a little slow and can be a little UN-user-friendly.
Plus side? They are cheap at $4.50 a month for a 12 month plan.
We would give them 6.5/10
We have had a lot of clients host with Melbourne IT – and for good reason, they are Australian based which means service and help can be quick. On the negative side is that we have heard of a number of issues in terms of what they actually provide.
Price they are also expensive at $28.00 a month for a year plan.
We would give them 6/10