There are numerous reasons why you would want to have a website of your own. Your business might be expanding and you want to reach a wider audience. Or you are a newly published writer and you want to have a platform to reach out to your readers. Or you are a blogger and you want to migrate your blog from a free hosting platform to your own domain. Whatever the reason might be, having a good hosting account could either make or break your website launch.

For those unfamiliar, knowing what the common features of a web host are would help you decide which to avail. 

Website Space

This space is where your actual website would be and where all your files, images, videos, data, and content would be. Web hosting services provider could offer website hosting of 100MB to 10,000MB or more. If you have no idea how much MB you are going to need, better do your research since the amount of MB could also affect the price of the web hosting. But if you are a photographer or a movie director and you would need a website to upload videos and images for your portfolio, you would need a bigger website space. Nevertheless, most of these web hosts provide MB for the average website.

Domain Hosting

For our clients/customers or intended audience to remember our website, our domain name should be easy to remember. It could be our name or our company’s name. This is also one of the reasons why individuals and companies are willing to pay for web hosting to secure a domain name that is unique, easy to remember and is their company or own name. Some web hosting companies would allow you to host more than one domain name but with that, you have to share the website space and bandwidth as well.


Bandwidth or traffic is the amount of information that could be accessed from your website. At the beginning of launching your website, the bandwidth limit needs not to be excessive. But, if your website soon generates thousands of visitors on a daily basis, you might need to pay extra to have your bandwidth increase. This is necessary to accommodate all the visitors to your site. Otherwise, the website would crash or it might take time to be responsive, potentially turning off the guests to continue browsing your site.

Website Programming Language

This is another consideration especially if your website will have comments form, newsletters, email account, etc. Common website programming languages are PHP, Net and CFML. Of course, this might be too technical for novices so better ask for recommendations from someone who has technical skills and knowledge.

Even if you don’t have any idea at all or you already hired a professional when it comes to launching your website, it wouldn’t hurt to have a basic knowledge of how things work. When you have a fair idea, it would be easier for you to inform the developer of how you want your website to look.