In a previous blog, we explained the difference between a domain and web hosting. In this blog, we’re going to explore web hosting further and demonstrate why you need it for your bank website.
In a nutshell, web hosting is an online service provider that allows your bank website to be available on the internet. The web host is the physical server that stores all the data, assets, and software used to build your site and make it functional.
The best bank web hosting should offer more than just publishing your website online. When selecting web hosting for your bank, you should look for one that will deliver unrivaled customer support, maximum security, no to limited downtime, optimal bandwidth, and scalability. You should consider all of these to ensure your business needs are being met.
Web hosting is not the same as online banking. Your online banking or internet banking provider is the service that enables your customers to access and manage their bank accounts.
Although your online banking is different from your web hosting, the two work together. Most users will access your online banking through your main website. Moreover, one of the main reasons customers will visit your bank’s website is to manage their accounts. Online banking wouldn’t be possible without web hosting, and your website wouldn’t be as valuable without online banking capabilities.
While some online banking providers may offer web hosting, best practice is to keep the two separate. That way, if your online banking system goes down or is unavailable, customers can still access your main website through your web hosting service.
Web hosting is vital to the success of your financial institution. Without it, people wouldn’t be able to conveniently and easily find information about your bank or credit union. Furthermore, customers wouldn’t be able to conduct business wherever they are or whenever they need to.
When shopping around for the best bank web hosting, you want to get the highest return on investment. Keeping web hosting costs within your budget may be at the forefront of your decision, but remember that you get what you pay for.
Most web hosting services offer similar storage amounts, types of hosting, and bandwidth options, which make comparison shopping simple. However, where you don’t want to skimp on cost is customer service and technical expertise. If you don’t have the time or manpower to monitor your site for malicious software and digital intrusions or to troubleshoot technical issues, isn’t having a web hosting service do it for you worth paying a few more dollars?
BankSITE® Services offers superior web hosting for banks at an affordable price. Our bank web hosting cost includes VPS hosting, our exclusive BankSITE® Security Monitor that will notify you of connectivity and security issues 24/7, malware scanning, and third-party vulnerability assessments. Also, we understand the privacy and security concerns specific to banks and credit unions. When choosing a web hosting service, you’ll want one that knows how to keep your business and customers’ information safe.