So you want to host your own website? Why? Think that you’ll save a few pounds, have more control and won’t be at the mercy of someone else – read on and think again. You are putting your online business at risk!

So you want to host your own website? Why? Think that you’ll save a few pounds, have more control and won’t be at the mercy of someone else – read on and think again. You are putting your online business at risk!

Hosting on your own Kit

Seriously this is a very big mistake. You cannot host your own website yourself unless you really know what you are doing and have invested in some serious technology and internet connectivity.

You need to be online every second of every day, never have a power cut or system failure and have an extremely fast internet upload connection.

You really cannot do this without a huge investment.

Using one of the big boys

You can choose to host your website with one of the larger hosting companies that you’ll find on the internet and manage your own online account.

You will not have the same flexibility compared to having someone you have a business relationship with, manage your online presence.

You’ll be dealing with large call centres, or worse still a contact form, that takes 24 hours to get back to you and leaves you bamboozled with technology and techno-speak.

You’ll need to learn lots about website hosting and spend a great deal of time doing it yourself rather than getting it done properly by your website designer.

The Pitfalls

If you forget to update your online payment details, or miss a renewal email you may lose the annual renewal of your website domain name.

So what you may ask?

Lose your domain name and you’ll lose your website and your associated emails.

You’ll lose business for sure.

Oops I forgot

We know of many customers who initially thought that they wanted to retain control of their own website domain names, then forgot to renew something and everything stopped working.

They then spent many days, losing business, panicking and trying to sort out the mess they had made for themselves just to save a few pounds.

Does this sound like the right way to run a professional business?

What about the Cost?

Hosting your own website might sound like the cheaper option but is it really? Sure the outright cost might be a few pounds cheaper (and that’s all it will be), but the time and effort that you need to invest in dealing with this will cost you far more.

You need to learn what to ask for, spend time configuring your hosting, setup and manage all of your own email accounts…

Remember you are not a website design or website hosting company and do not do this every day. Hand over your online business to an expert and get it done right.

Spend more time on your business doing what you do well and let an expert do what they do well. In the long term it will pay off and allow you to get on with your business.

Get your designer to host you

By getting your website designer to also host your website, means that they know what technology they need to enable to get your website to work.

They’ll do all of the hard work for you, configuring options, tweaking settings and getting it right for you.

Wouldn’t you just rather let your website designer manage your website and the associated website hosting.