My Dynamic Website Uses Databases: Do I Have To Look For Anything Special In a Web Host?
Description: The type of web hosting service you use depends on what kind of website you have. But does the same apply if you have a website that uses databases?
Every website has different needs. Some are very basic and only need the minimum level of service to get online, while others require secure servers, plenty of bandwidth and sometimes even a dedicated server to handle the amount of traffic they get.
But supposing your website uses databases. What kind of web host do you need then? Should you be looking for a certain type of host that can meet the needs you have regarding the use of your databases?
In short the answer is yes. You will need to look for a web host that offers database web hosting. This allows you to use databases as part of your website and access them as and when you need to.
There are several different database solutions available today, including MySQL and MS-Access, so you will need to ensure that whatever web hosting package you choose is compatible with the database solution you have.
Some web hosting packages will offer database hosting as standard, but you don't always get the same level of service as you would if you opted for a database hosting option. It's worth looking at several different web hosts to see what kind of services you will get with a standard package, and what extras you get access to with a proper database web hosting option.
Incidentally, a lot of web hosts will let you add databases onto an existing service, so depending on what your precise needs are you may be able to get away with doing this, rather than having to choose a tailored database hosting package. As always, ask plenty of questions before buying to make sure you make the right decision for you.