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In a world where nearly everybody uses the Internet on a daily basis, both personal and business websites are popping up by the day, bringing a need for quality web hosting services to make the most of the high volume of web users. There are several elements that make up a hosting package, with several options that can be tailored to your specific needs, whether for an e-commerce site or a personal home page.

 

Email Accounts

Email accounts should always be offered as part of a web hosting package, these are vital to make sure that web users can contact you – and it adds an extra layer of security since you won’t have to give out your personal email address. Some packages allow you to have multiple emails, this is particularly useful if you have an e-commerce site with different topics that people may contact you regarding (enquiries, sales, FAQ; etc.)

 

Sufficient Disk Space

This is particularly important if you plan to use your web hosting to upload a significant amount of media, like images or video. Again, this is more common with e-commerce sites that might have multiple pictures for a product.

 

MySQL Database

Most web hosting packages will offer a MySQL Database owing to its huge scope and reputation for reliability. Many popular blogging sites use this platform including Joomla and WordPress, underlining it’s vast popularity. If you’re not familiar with backend programming or databses in general, MySQL as an open source programme also comes with a range of support and tutorial based guidance – you only have to do a quick search online to see just how many people utilise it.

 

Flexible Data Transfer

You may be more familiar with the term bandwidth, which in webhosting terms refers to how often viewers can download images and other content from your website as they view it. A simple way of calculating the expected bandwidth you’d need is to add up the sizes of all the images you would have on your website.