How Do I Find My Place on the Web?

In these modern times, being on the internet is a must.  It’s easy to just browse, engage in social networking and use streaming services for entertainment. But, if you want to build a website and have a little corner of the internet for yourself then things become a bit more complicated; it requires a bit of thought and analysis.

The first question to ask yourself is quite simple: what kind of website do you want to build?

For a personal blog you can always go to well-known blogging platforms; Tumblr for something that’s more picture based, Blogger or WordPress for something that requires a bit more text, and if you want to do something that’s more narrative-driven then you might want to consider

Blogging platforms are good if you want something small and you don’t care much about customisation. If all you want to do is share your pictures and thoughts with the rest of the world then this is what you’re looking for.

Having the backing of some of the top IT companies in the world (for example, Blogger is owned by Google and Tumblr is owned by Yahoo) means that you can always count on your blog working well enough and not going down.

If you want a website for your business, or want to get started in the world of e-commerce then you are going to need a hosting service.  You’ll have your own fully customisable space on their server to build the website of your dreams, as well as an almost infinite number or plug-ins and apps.

You want a store? Then they can give you a template and a content management system. Databases to keep track of all your info?  You can get that too. With the right hosting service you can have all the services you need.

You don’t even have to be a tech wizard and know all about HTML and CSS. There are hosting services that offer some really easy to use website building tools. This allows you to build your website without having to learn how to code.

Most of the internet is on shared hosting. This means that a website is only taking up part of a full server. This is fine for most people, but it does puts limitations on your resources and on what you can do. You have to look at your traffic numbers and at the performance of your website. If you’re receiving a couple hundred visitors a day and your site runs well and loads at a decent speed, then you should be fine with shared hosting.

It’s when traffic goes up that you need to start thinking about having a place that’s truly your own, and invest in a dedicated server. This means that you’ll have a server that’s just for you and all of its resources will be allocated for your website and just your website.

If you’re starting to receive thousands of visitors at the same time, or really need some serious processing power to deal with large data transfers then this is the best option for you.  A good dedicated server will ensure that no matter how many people are visiting your site at the same time, performance will always be good and the user experience will always be pleasant.

If you’re running a successful online store and the amount of customers you have has been increasing at a steady pace, then switching to dedicated hosting should be a part of your business plan. This will help you avoid downtime if the traffic gets to be too much for your shared hosting.

Whether you have a small blog or a huge online store, having your little place on the internet is an important part of modern life. Don’t be afraid to get started, the internet needs a website like yours.