Finding the Perfect Host for Your Muse
You are a web designer. You get paid to be creative, to write content, to develop social media plans, and to develop sites that attract attention. You don’t get paid to erect and maintain the technological framework of a site. All too often, your clients confuse the two. You need a web hosting company that offers you the tools and support you need to make your clients look good, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of choices in web hosting, but which is perfect for you? That depends upon your needs and the needs of your clients. Your skill levels, and your level of patience, will determine what web hosting company fit you.
A plethora of companies, from the widely known to the unknown, offer you a basic platform at rock-bottom prices. GoDaddy, 1&1, and others like them have made a name for themselves offering the basics at cut rate prices. These may keep your initial and monthly costs to a minimum, but you may have to sacrifice support and bandwidth. Lower levels of support, or support that is slow in responding, may not be a significant an issue if you are technologically proficient. However, restricted bandwidth correlates to slower speeds, something your customers may care about very much. These restrictions may also limit your ability to design a site that completely encompasses your vision for the client. You will also find yourself building, or adding in, much of the framework pieces that make a site function. Again, this may not be an issue for you, especially if you or your client makes cost control the top priority.
If you require more in technical support, or would like to be responsible for fewer add-ons, consider a web hosting company that specializes in hosting designers. These are largely boutique firms, although there are a few larger firms that attempt to provide the same levels of service. In general, these firms offer large amounts of storage, more bandwidth capability, and service plans tailored to the needs of creative website designers London. They will provide the domains you need, will usually handle system back up, and deliver traffic reports. Of course, they generally cost much more than basic platform companies, but they will provide you the platform and tools you need to bring you, or your client’s, vision to life. In general, their support is also much better, responding to you quickly and personally.
There is no perfect web hosting company. There are, however, enough choices available that a creative designer who does their homework should be able to find the right company. They may not be perfect, but there is one that fits you, that can support you as you design and create the visions that your clients desire.