Once you have decided to make your new website, you have to decide where to host this beast. It’s not just a consideration of “well I should go with the place I bought the domain” though there is nothing wrong with that. It all depends on what you want out of your service. That’s where server considerations come in.
You need to think about costs, and growth. These are the two biggest variables that you have to realize when you plan what type of service you should use. Costs can range greatly from one provider to the other. Some of them are enterprise class, like Liquid Web, Google or Amazon Web Services. Some, are just fly-by-night operators...or big companies that really don't care for anything more than your wallet.
Anyone can do it. Search for the term “website hosting services” and you’ll get over 112,000,000 results. That’s because there is little to no regulation for hosting or ISPs in the United States. One of the few remaining “wild west” parts of the WWW. Your local coffee shop can be a host. You could, if you had the hardware.
But would you want to trust your business to that?
Web Design is one of the most pertinent decisions that anyone faces. What do you want from a website? In your “mind’s eye,” what do you see? Knowing what you want from a website is a good start.
Knowing what you don’t want is more important. Because trying to get what you want only gets you half of the picture, if you aren’t familiar with the more technical side of building a website. (That’s right…code)
(Say it with me…UGH!)
The problem is that most people forget that there really are two camps to conquer when presenting business communication online. The first constituency you have to please is the human that is trying to get information. The second is the communications technologies that enable that communication.
Without careful consideration to both sides, they will be are in conflict unless they both complement each other. This is what is commonly referred to as “User Experience” (UX) and the more fluid you make the interactivity the better the experience. It leads to the “wow” or “cool” factor.
These sites, posted yearly by Vincent Flanders give an example of what can happen when what is desired is not communicated:
01A flash intro or picture gallery that is not optimized
02No text or information to tell the viewer AND the computer what is relevant about this site
03No way to connect through other media
04Very little content
05Nothing of value for the end user
06Not asking anything of the user
#Tucknowledge. To make your mind up as to what you do and do not want...spend some time looking into other websites. There are design ideas, or functionality that you might want on your website. While no designer can outright steal something...there is nothing wrong with using an example to show a website designer kind of what you want.
This website unfortunately doesn't comply with many of the "what not to do" list of web design:
This chamber of commerce website is a good example of what not to do. It's unfortunate, as I grew up here and the area is very nice and a great place to raise a family. But does the website portray that? There are a lot of things organizations need to do *yesterday* in order to step into the 21st Century.