Simple Web Hosting Tips
Today has been spent on the phone with GoDaddy (2x's) Web.com, and Webcountry.com (and I honestly think they're going out of business). And all of my conversations with all the reps has left me in a tizzy. Clients, thinking they were doing the right thing, totally weren't. It's frustrating and now I can't move forward with any of the WordPress websites I was commissioned to build until all the issues have been ironed out. With that said, I just want to give you a few real simple tips when choosing a web hosting company and building your website.
3 Simple Tips Before You Start Building Your Website
1. If you are going to build a website - build the site with the URL you will be using for it - don't build it on another URL and then transfer. It's a pain in the neck (especially if you're building a WordPress site)...and that's pushing it up a little! For example: Don't build your site on www.abc.com if you want the world to go to www.123.com to see your website. Make sense? It's a hassle to transfer files and do all the other detailed back-end techy stuff. It will take your webmaster more time and in the long-run, cost you more money.
2. DO NOT use a fly-by-night hosting service. Use a web hosting service that is reputable like BlueHost.com, HostGator.com - and yeah - even GoDaddy (I personally think they are not user friendly and way to complicated for beginners - and I'll admit - too complicated for myself).
3. Make sure you put your login credentials in a safe place. If you don't know your login then you can't get into your account. This makes it very difficult for your webmaster. Use a cloud service like Box.net, SkyDrive, or Dropbox so you, or your webmaster, social media manager, or virtual assistant can access them. Add any other files your outsourced services will need to use in order to make life easier for everyone concerned.
4. If you're not sure - before you do anything - call your webmaster, social media manager, or virtual assistant! That's what you're paying us for. And if they don't want to advise you, as a client, then drop them and hire me!
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