If you’re building a website for the Irish market, there will come the point where you need to choose a hosting service for it. If this is the first time that you’ve undertaken a task like this, then it’s easy to find it daunting. Even worse, some newbies can find themselves led astray by incorrect information and marketers who will promise almost anything to secure a sale. In this article, we’re going to cut through some of the jargon, and so-called deals, that you’ll almost certainly encounter when you go looking for internet services in Ireland. We will tell you what you actually need to know, and what questions to ask, the next time you go looking for them.
One of the necessary things you will want to consider is whether or not your site will require database support on its server. Nowadays, the vast majority of websites will require access to some sort of database to function correctly. Even the most common content management systems such as WordPress need them. However, this should not be a particularly tricky feature for your chosen host to provide. Many hosts now include one database in their default hosting package, and those that don’t, shouldn’t be charging you more than a few euros each month for providing one.
Then there comes the matter of bandwidth. This has generally become ‘too cheap to metre’ in the case of most, but there are many unscrupulous hosts out there who will use it as a way to make money from you. As always, if a deal seems like it might be too good to be true, then it probably is. Either way, it’s well worth reading all of the small print before you commit yourself and your business to anything, so you avoid any nasty surprises later on.