Steps To A Small Business – Web Hosting

by Kevin Clark

Starting a business can be scary. Even more intimidating is making the move online. We get it. It was scary for us when we started our business out of a suburban garage 17 years ago. That’s why we try and make it easier for others taking the plunge. In one of our many attempts to break it all down into bite-sized chunks, we’ve started up our Steps To A Small Business series on the iiNet Blog. This month we’re covering web hosting.

Once you’ve decided on a domain name that will represent your business online, the next step is to find a place for it to live. This is where web hosting comes into the picture. Think of it as renting web real estate. The concept is easy enough to understand, but with the huge range of options and big words you’ll come across, it’s time to get down to the important stuff.

So essentially, what does a hosting plan do?
Web hosting is essential to having a website that is accessible to the public. When a customer signs up to a web hosting package from iiNet they are basically renting space on our high-powered server, with their data securely in our state-of-the-art data centre. They are also getting access to our advanced  control panel.

Email hosting allows you to have a personalised email address – a big plus for business. Instead of, business email hosting allows customers to link their company name with their email address. It also means you can check your email from any computer that is connected to the internet. iiNet email hosting has the added bonus of ad-free email.

What kind of options do I have?
There are many different options for hosting plans, varying from web space and back up space, database space and traffic allowances.

What do I need to consider when I’m choosing one of these options?

  • A plan that fits your needs (in terms of space)
  • Reliability (and speed of access)
  • Security
  • Support (a reliable and knowledgeable technical support team)
  • Control panel (access to a control panel that gives you the tools to manage your account)

How much traffic can I have going to and from my website?
It depends on the plan. Webspace 100MB comes with 10GB, Webspace 500MB comes with 20GB and Webspace2GB comes with 35GB.

Once I’ve got hosting, how do I build my own website?
Feel free to check out our web guru Sandra Lim’s reference point for creating your own webpage. It is highly informative and worth bookmarking!

If you ever need any further information on running your business online, our Business team is always happy to help on 1300 300 835 or you can check out their website. In the meantime, keep and eye out for our next blog.