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Things To Consider When Getting Online

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You have a business and you want to get online. This is great news and you have a number of options when it comes to getting online. Your first instinct will be to go with a big brand provider to meet your hosting needs. In this article, I talk about some of the things you need to make sure you are aware of before you make that decision.

Do you have enough space?

You will normally be presented with a set amount of space based on your account. This space will work for your needs in the beginning but as time goes on and we expect your business to grow, you may have special considerations for additional pages that you may need for your online business. There could be any number of reasons that you need additional space.

You will find this information out when you are working either by yourself or with developers to expand your website functions. This will require you to take a hard look at your website and understand what the limitations are under your account. This is a common scenario that we see because big business normally don’t work with small business to improve their business. We do.

The thinking could be that if you continue on your same path that you will not need additional space, resources, and the ability to connect to other resources to get the functionality you need for your website.

Do you have special considerations for your website?

You have been using your website for some time and you find out that you need a special implementation done because you have a request that falls outside of your normal channels. This could be that you are trying to get traction with new technologies being offered and you see that your website does not meet those criteria and you call your big box provider to see what can be done.

You will once again come across the issue that you need to upgrade your website package. This is not a surprised because ultimately they will try to monetize all aspects of your business for something that should have been part of your original package.

How many website databases do you need?

When you are creating an e-commerce website, you need to be aware of how many databases you will need. The databases are used to store tables and those tables are used to store information on customers, their purchases, and other transactions that you are having throughout your website. Tables are the way that information is stored and run the majority of all e-commerce or blog platforms. This is especially the case if you have a Wordpress website. All Wordpress websites have a number of tables that are required in order to function correctly. You would not be able to take advantage of Wordpress features such as blogging and using WooCommerce if you did not have access to tables.

Most providers will give you access to the bare minimum of what is needed to run your website and this will not be an issue for most websites. The issue comes into play when you try to expand your business and want to do more than what the standard implementation will allow. You either will need more databases or more tables. In 99% of these scenarios, you will need to upgrade your account which in my opinion should have been the standard. One of the things that we look out for is that we expect and plan for businesses to grow. Your website should be able to handle that growth.

What kind of code can you run on your web hosting platform?

What if as part of your implementation you need to run some code that works with Node, React, or Python Django. Will your web hosting provide provide support for these special features? I think this is the most interesting item you will come across because these are edge cases which means that it does not happen that frequently for large web hosting companies to have any special considerations for it. The juice from that orange is just not enough to make a difference to ther bottom line. But not having this as an available solution could affect your bottom line.

Definitions:

Node.js is an open-source, cross-platform, JavaScript runtime environment that executes JavaScript code outside of a browser. Node.js lets developers use JavaScript to write command line tools and for server-side scripting—running scripts server-side to produce dynamic web pages.

React is a free and open-source JavaScript library for building user interfaces. React is maintained by Meta (formerly Facebook) and a community of developers and companies. React is declarative, meaning that developers design views for each state of an application. React updates and renders components when data changes. React code is made of entities called components. These components are modular and reusable.

Django is a free and open-source web framework, written in Python, that follows the model-template-views (MTV) architectural pattern. It is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design. Built by experienced developers, Django takes care of much of the hassle of Web development, so you can focus on writing your app without needing to reinvent the wheel.

In Conclusion

As you can see, these code platforms are free but will most likely not be free to you unless you upgrade your website package. We will cater to the small customer to make sure they can host their business and also expand it when needed. You have enough to focus on with your business without the additional need to police your web hosting provider. You should have all the tools you need to expand your business as needed and this is one of the things we focus on. You can reach out to us via our contact form and we will make sure to get back to you right away or feel free to call our local number. We would love to hear about your business model and make the best recommendations on how to move forward.

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