How to Select Your Design and Hosting Vendor – At this point, you’ve selected a style for your site and a domain name, determined the elements you want in your design, and selected your approach for design and hosting. This last decision is arguably the most important one you’ll make regarding your Web site: who will design and host it. Even if you decide to design your site inhouse, you may need a vendor to provide templates and you’ll have to select a Web host.
Here are a few high-level thoughts to help you find the best deals:
Consider an all-in-one package. These often include some level of design, such as templates or full-service, and domain name registry, e-mail accounts, and hosting. Because you’re using one vendor for multiple services, this package should provide a discount or include one or more services (such as registering your domain name or providing multiple e-mail accounts) at no charge.
Don’t sign up for more services than you need now, but make sure your chosen vendor can provide the additional services you’ll need as you grow. It may be tempting to go all out and get the biggest, shiniest site. However, if that’s not what you need, you may be wasting money.
Shop around and look for the best deal. Many online vendors have a checklist of features and services they provide. Select those that you need, and the vendor will likely show you a few packages that’ll meet or exceed your needs. If you find a package that offers a few more options than you currently need, but it’s a good deal compared to other vendors’ offerings, this may be the right direction to take.
You may get what you pay for. Make sure that the vendor is reputable before signing a contract or service agreement.
Consider multiyear contracts carefully. If you know you’ll have your site for many years, and you’re confident that your selected vendor can support you now and in the future, consider signing up for multiple years of service. You might get a significant discount.
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