Okay, so I know I have shared plenty of tips for websites. We’ve talked about their importance in advertising (both your movie, company, and you as a filmmaker), link exchanges to network, and how they can make you look more professional. When someone is checking up on you, you can be sure that they will google search you and find your website.
There are a few key aspects that we have talked about to putting together a good website, including domain names, site design, and hosting. Recently, one of my movie sites had a surge of visitors and while I thought everything was good [behind the scenes], the site crashed and then the interest in the site died. What happened? I made a mistake by not monitoring my stats and monthly bandwidth. And because of this I did notice when I ran out of space and the site was taken offline by the host.
How can you fix this? By finding the perfect web host. Your host is so important to not only keeping your website online, but also to keep it loading fast and with no missing images/glitches. A good web host will be easy to navigate and find all of the information that you need. You have to know how to control access to your website and its FTP, you need security and to know that no hackers will be getting in, you need multiple stats counters that break down your visitors along with their IP addresses and browsers they are using to get to you, easy access to a file manager, easy online bill pay with automatic reminders. It is also nice to find web hosts that offer a lot of perks, like full libraries of codes, CGI scripts, and advertising tools. Don’t just settle for any one, find the perfect host for the space you need and the visitors that you think you’ll be getting.