(The Hosting News) – Web hosting is like car shopping. You have to figure out what features you want, and what features you do not. Then you have to think consider others that might or might not be useful to you. Many web hosts tend to have a lot of features that you need, and then even more you do really do not. The biggest reason for this is that many web hosts try to outdo each other, to bring in customers, while some just have no idea what direction they are going so they really are just taking from everything so they do not get left out.
When car shopping you know you need anti lock brakes, power steering, and A/C. However do you really need cruise control, heated seats and a sunroof? This is how web hosting is, you will find packages of software that have all the things you want, but will also have extras of things you really do not need. Also you have to consider making sure the package you have will do what you want it to do. When you are setting up your site your software has to meet the expectations of what you want. This needs to be addressed first.
If you are going to host a blog then you have to get blog software. Depending on what you want your blog to look like and what you want your readers to be able to do, is going to depend on your software. Not all blogging software is the same. Depending on what you want to do, looking into hosts that offer multiple blogs might be to your advantage. Just because you like one, does not mean you should not look around, and find something that may work better for you. There are other programs out there besides wordpress, and not all of them are used by the majority of web sites. Other essentials include a control panel (administrative program), multimedia support (adding streaming video, audio, pod casts, music can change the face of your site, and bring you more readers, but you might not want it now, but it can come in handy later), and you will want a company that offers solid support. Anything else is just fluff.
If you want to make a site that is going to be dedicated to gaming, or something more personal, like your family, then your options are also really limited here as well. When you are developing a web page understand your limitations on what you are able to do. Tasks on the site are going to require different software. Some are easier to use than others. Consider what you know how to do, so that when choosing your blog software, content manager, and site builder you can get the most out of your money. WordPress offers blog software and blog hosting, and can go from just a blog to a full website with little work. Content managing software is going to be a hard position to fill. Content manager software is not user friendly, and requires know how. Learning as you go is not easy, though tutorials on the web make it easier.
Some web hosts offer a drag and drop site builder, these are easy to use, and make site building very easy. Drag and drop editors allow anyone to build and maintain a site without having to learn a new program, or hire a web editor to do the work for you. Many sites are as easy to use as a word processor. Changing a font, or adding or taking away something is as easy as high lighting the item in question and clicking a button or two, instead of changing code.
Having a web host that has good support staff is a bonus too, especially if they can help you with the software. This way if you run into an issue, you are not left trying to figure out what went wrong. Some web hosts also offer tech support of their software. That is an important feature to consider when buying.
An e-store is a variation on the same theme. The difference here is that you have to look into merchant services. These services will include a content manager, support for the merchant account, a shopping cart and a couple of bells and whistles to support the whole thing, and you have an e-store. When looking at a shopping cart, shop around and test out more than one, most merchant services sellers will give you the option to test a shopping cart before purchasing it, this way your shopping cart does what it needs to do. Also this will ensure that your shopping cart will work with your credit card merchant account processing system. Not all content management systems and the shopping carts are compatible, so check this to make sure before purchasing.
The rest of the software supports the shopping cart. If you have multimedia support, so you can show videos of your products, marketing giveaways, and shared socket layers (SSL), and something to keep track of your traffic.
Web host offer a lot of features for their services, however you do not always need them all. The extra features are sometimes there more for the web host’s benefit than yours. Look around and see what is going to be best for your site and your needs. You would not buy a car that has extra features that you do not want or need, so why pay for web hosting that gives you features that you will not use?