Being old enough to remember sitting around the radio in the evening, I cannot remember when I first heard of the term 'Internet.' I know that I was totally unimpressed and disinterested in it when it first 'arrived,' on the scene as something one might consider connecting to. I recall my reply to an Internet sale's person. "If others take it up and report that it is useful, I'll consider getting it." It was several more years before in 'took on.' I'd never have guessed that the Internet would become as much an essential in my life and business as musical instruments and equipment were to the professional musicians in my family.
I wish that choosing a website host was as simple as knowing where to go for music equipment. For music instrument and accessories, I know to head straight to https://www.guitarcenter.com/. I've had quite a leaning curve, that closely follows the growth of Internet use in country towns in Australia, where my website host selection have been concerned.
The first dial-up Internet came to rural Victoria and my Buninyong Gallery in the mid-1990s My start to step into the Wold Wide Web was to pay someone else to write my website. Maybe that was how most of us started back in the days when word processors were a new thing in the Australian inland home office, and very few of us were connected to the Internet. Of course, with my creativity, I found it frustrating not being in full-control. Owning my first website and playing at creating themes and web pages was joy. The technology back then was expensive. $500. a year for a good website host, and $500. for the software to create beautiful web pages once you had learned HTML. One-thousand dollars for your first year to get hands on with creating a beautiful website, a site which at that time would most likely earn you nothing, as few others had adapted to buying online.
I opened an online art gallery shop to sell art cards and other lightweight and easily posted gallery gift supplies My website store did not receive as much traffic as the gallery, and I lacked experience in introducing people to my online sales site. Then, I forgot about trying to use the Internet as a gallery outlet and discovered its use as an outlet for creative writing. Back in 2007 I became hooked on blogging.
Selecting a website today.
I'd investigate what options are available.
A quick look around the Internet the other day, and I found many web companies appearing to offer cheap web hosting, but the extras, such as security, and allowing your website to be viewed on a mobile phone, which I considered necessary, come as high-priced add-ons. So it is important to look at the total cost and not just the advertised price when choosing a web host. One web host used the hook, to get clients in, of advertising that they hosted websites for $2. By the time you added on the essential security and privacy features and sufficient bandwidth to host several web pages and data, the real cost was $100. be careful to check out actual costs before committing to an internet host. My choice would be for a company that states the full price up front. Honesty gains my trust.
I'll not make a web host recommendation to you. The choice is too personal. Just because one host is one person's choice, does not make it right for another. Your ideal selection will depend on your specific needs as a blogger or business online store owner.
Having discovered how easy it is to buy everything I need from the groceries, to clothing, software, and even musical instruments and equipment over the Internet, I now want a website hosting plan that includes a store with the secure encrypted payment method. I have an online store set up already, but will experiment with alternative options before putting in the necessary work to make my store as well stocked with original fine art, art prints, and tutorials as that sample, musicians friend, that I gave in my opening paragraph. My deciding factors are my budget and the features I'm after. These are decisions we need to make for ourselves and not follow others’ recommendations blindly.