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Most popular website features: tools from your web hosting provider

 

Your web hosting provider will offer you a website hosting package including many tools you can use to build and maintain a great website. From interactive features to exciting design templates, today's web hosting providers tend to go out of their way to give you what you need.

Here are some features to consider including in your website. Some are pretty standard information; others are growing in popularity. All are worth thinking about!

Blogs

Blog web hosting providers will give you access to at least one top blogging tool (WordPress, b2evolution or another). Blog (or web logs) allow you to write directly to your visitors. Blogs are kind of like diaries; informal but full of information. They help establish your personality; this makes your site more personable and friendly in a sea of electronic information.

Read our article on blog website hosting for more information.

Forums

Let your site visitors speak! Get discussions going on a forum and you'll intrigue your customers with something to say. This is a great way to start a community discussion or other action, and a great way to work up return visits.

Gallery

A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Well, if your web hosting provider provides a gallery tool, this can be a great way to organize some photos. Depending on the type of site you're running, this could be a portfolio, shots of products (if you have an e-commerce operation) or an image gallery of candid, travel or personal photos.

Read more about image hosting and how to protect your images!

 

 

About us/company profile

Let your visitors know who you are. This may seem obvious, but there are a lot of sites out there that seem more or less anonymous. This does nothing to inspire confidence or loyalty. Especially if you are into business website hosting, you must make sure your contact info is there.

News & press releases

For business hosting, you'll want to keep the public aware of what you're up to! Start a section on your site to list your accomplishments - this adds to your credibility.

Steaming audio & video

Your web hosting providers will likely support streaming audio and video, too. As long as you have enough bandwidth and disk space - most website hosting services will give you plenty! - you can add some video or audio to your site. Use it wisely, though. The last thing you want to do is clog up or slow down your loyal customers' computer.

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