Web hosting is an often forgotten part of any graphics project or website design. From the outset, you need to have all of the fundamentals in mind, which includes where you are going to put things. And that my friend is your web hosting.
Great Web Hosting
One place where you really need to be careful which kind of hosting you use is with your website. Even if we are not talking about graphics, you still need to have the best possible infrastructure in place to support your website. After all, it is the heart of any modern internet business.
One overall amazing web hosting company that we have often worked with is SiteGround. If you would like to read one of the most comprehensive SiteGround Reviews, then that is definitely worth a read.
Other examples of fantastic web hosting include companies like WPEngine, if you are up for an expensive all inclusive web hosting for your next WordPress based website.
Then there are some of the standard web hosting companies, that use cheap shared hosting. Although not terrible, these web hosting companies are not offering you top service.
What kinds of hosting companies are we talking about here? Well, there are companies like:
- InMotion Hosting
and many many more of course.
When taking a closer look at the hosting companies mentioned above, you want to consider all of the options that you need for your website or graphics hosting.
Some of the options you will want to consider include:
- Overall space allocated (this includes bandwidth, disk space, CPU space etc)
- Backup options (do they backup your website, and how often)
- Service options (do they only respond to email, phone, twitter, and when? 24 hours a day, even on weekends?)
- Support (if you are not tech savvy, do they help you fix any issues with your site or moving to their hosting?
- Website Builders (do they offer one click website builders like WordPress?)
- Do they have specific space assigned for graphics hosting?
Graphics, Image and Video Hosting
If you are specifically interested in graphics hosting then it is something you might want to investigate separately.
It might be that you are loading the graphics directly onto a server, where you only have FTP access to a specific amount of disk space with a backup. Then it is possible to just use your website hosting and a separate directory.
You could also consider something like Flickr where you have 1 Terabyte of data available for free.
Another option you might want to think about is PhotoBucket, as they offer substantial hosting to you as well. They are willing to store all of your images and videos for free. Up to a point of course.
So it is not always necessary to have specific hosting as a graphic designer or print specialist. It just depends on how much space you need. What features, and availability and backup.
With the existing photo storage services they are always backed up, but then you have security issues at stake. As everything is available on the cloud of course.
Hosting of any kind in today’s world of so many options is not an easy thing to choose. But if you do the right research and know what you need, you should be able to come up with the right choice!