This is a common question that I see people asking everyday, and one which is pretty easy to answer. It is not that setting up a website or dealing with a technical problem is all that difficult, it is often that you do not have the technical resources to get from point A, which is the problem, to point B which is the solution. And even if you do have the resources available, you can still be overwhelmed by the amount of materials that you have to look through in order to get to point B. But perhaps the most frustrating part of any problem, is when you are presented with the solution, but have no idea how to get there!
This happens so often in the technical world of computers, that undeniably I have come across multiple situations, where I literally gave up and went another route entirely because even though the solution was right there, the amount of steps involved to get there would make the whole solution no longer worth the time and effort spent.
And so Support is important not so much in solving your problem, but in helping you get to that solution.
Before choosing a hosting package you should think about what kind of site you will be creating on it. Typically there are many kinds of sites, but usually you can think of web sites in the following terms:
Personal vs Commercial:
Is your site going to be Personal or Commercial in nature? If it is a commercial site, will the site already have a user base or will it be there to attract new business? If the site is personal, what will your site have? a forum, a blog, an image gallery?
Commercial sites that will already have a user base, like a daycare organization that needs to post information for its customers, might not have large space or bandwidth usage, since their customer base will remain largely static. If your new commercial site is there to just advertise an established business, the space and bandwidth usage would also be largely static, meaning you would want to start with a small hosting package and then upgrade as your business grew. If you new commercial site will be the business, you might expect for your bandwidth and disk space needs to grow immediately, so picking a hosting package that you can readily grow into might be more appropiate.
Personal sites can become very popular over night, or they can be very modest. Unless you are going to feature image galleries or large file attachments on your site, a medium hosting package is usually the preferred choice.
At WebKeyDesign, we feature multiple hosting packages that can accomodate most hosting needs. For most beginning sites, the Basic 100 and Basic 150 would be good choices, however if you really plan on having a site for more than a year and features forums or high traffic, the Deluxe 300 plan is a better fit. For simply advertising a small niche business, the Basic 50 plan works great. You can also contact us if you would like a more custom plan than what we offer now.
There’s a new search tool I added to the site over the weekend. You can find it under the Tools section on the sidebar as: Links Tracker.
The way it works is you input you domain name, along with some other parameters and it will track via Yahoo, all the web sites that have a link back to the site you typed in. This is really handy for seeing just how many people link to your blog, your site, or any page you have.
A Bandwidth Tester is also setup, so in case you were wondering how fast is your connection to our site, this tool will help you visually gauge it. The test works really well once, but if you run it multiple times, you end up throwing off the results due to cache mechanisms.