It can be a little daunting just starting out and choosing a hosting plan. You have so may website hosting questions going on in your mind. You browse at all the different packages that hosting companies provide. Some of the features are unique but many others are fairly common and are used by many hosting companies. Here are some of the website hosting questions you should be asking at when it comes to making a hosting decision:
Do they have cPanel?
cPanel is just an abbreviation for control panel. cPanel allows you to manage all the key aspects of your website. You can create an email address for your domain. You’ll be able to backup your files so if something major happens, you can just restore your website(s) to the way they were. It gives you the ability to create FTP accounts. FTP accounts allow you to load files onto your domain from your PC hard Drive. cPanel also lets you upload scripts onto your website. It also provides you with web statistics of all the visitors that visit your site. Almost every halfway decent hosting company has some form of this, however it may be under a different title than cPanel.
Does the company offer Fantastico?
As a part of cPanel, Fantastico gives you the ability to install widely popular scripts onto your website with just a click of the mouse. For any new webmaster, Fantastico is very important, especially if you have no idea how to build a website. That’s the greatness of it: The only thing you have to do is load one of the scripts and you’re done! You’ve got the perfect template for a website. The only thing you have to do now is add a little bit of content and the traffic will start to build. The kind of scripts you can that come with Fantastico are:
- E-commerce sites
- Image Galleries
- Polls and surveys
Most people’s favorite feature of Fantastico is WordPress. It first came out to be used initially as a blog builder,however webmasters have used it to create massive ecommerce websites. Many people feel that WordPress is one of the best pieces of site building software that has ever come out. Site building software such as Dreamweaver, Frontpage and XSite Pro costs a couple of hundred dollars, at the very least. WordPress is 100% free. Actually all of the tools in Fantastico are completely free.
Does the Host Offer Unlimited Domain Hosting?
With unlimited domain hosting (as you might have guessed) you are able to host as many domains under your hosting account as you want to. Beforehand, the only way to do this was to have your very own dedicated hosting server. But the good news is that now you are able to host unlimited domains under one shared account.
It is a lot less expensive to have a shared hosting account than to have a dedicated server. The difference between the two, are that in a shared hosting account, all of your websites that were created after the first site are treated as a subdomain or an add-on domain of the first domain. But, as far as the entire internet world is considered they are treated as separate, unconnected websites. The only downside to this is that you would never be able to sell your domains if they are an add-on domain just because of the way they are connected to your original, primary domain. If selling your websites is vital to you, then it is recommended that you pay extra for the dedicated server as each domain will get its own FTP and can be sold in the market, due to it not being connected to any other domain.