If you plan to build a website or you are already looking for a web hosting service, you must read this.
Choosing a web hosting provider and a suitable plan is critical for you to succeed online. But many people don’t choose well, because they don’t clearly understand how this service really works. Of course, you can change provider and plan if your initial decision doesn’t work, but to migrate from service to service will take you time, effort, and money that, honestly, you can save.
What is web hosting?
Servers are hardware with the necessary tech and software to host all the websites’ data.
Web hosting is a service that supplies storage space on a server for a website to exist on the Internet. All the files that compose your site, from code to text, images, and videos, need to be stored in a server to be available on the Internet. This makes it possible for other computers connected to the Internet to request the site.
Web hosting types
Most providers offer the following web hosting types:
Shared web hosting
This is the basic service (type) you can get. Your site will be hosted on a server where many more sites share space and server’s resources. So your site won’t live alone. Advantage, you pay a cheaper rate. The disadvantage, the sharing of resources. For instance, if other websites generate massive traffic, your website’s loading time could be affected.
This is a good starting point for small businesses or blogs with moderate traffic.
Cloud web hosting
This web hosting stores your website not on one server but in a network of cloud servers (virtual and physical).
Imagine a web composed of different interconnected computers. Each computer connected to the network supplies more resources to the cloud they integrate. This provides better uptime and a larger capacity for scaling than shared web hosting. Also, if a server shuts down or gets compromised, there are more servers your website can rely on, to work properly.
Still, what your neighbors do, affects you.
This choice is a bit more expensive than shared hosting. It can be suitable for businesses with more significant traffic expectations and tech needs.
Virtual Private Server (VPS)
Every server offering this service gets split into more virtual servers. So, your website gets hosted in the same physical server with more websites, but every site lives in its own virtual server with its own resources guaranteed.
In this case, if other sites crash or experiment issues, doesn’t mean yours will be affected. Therefore, VPS can offer a better uptime rate, speed, and loading time.
If you have tech skills to customize and develop a more proficient site, you need more resources, so VPS is a good option.
Dedicated web hosting
This service allows your website to live alone in its own, complete, dedicated server, without sharing space or resources. You will have the best uptime rates, consistent loading time, and speed.
Consider that, bigger the “house”, the more maintenance required and the more expensive the rate to pay.
You will also need an IT specialist who really understands the server and can manage it.
This type of hosting is definitely for companies with high traffic, tech needs, and revenue. So they can afford it without trouble and really get a profit from such a service.
Web hosting is a must if you want to go on the Internet with any kind of business. There is a type of web hosting suitable for every need. Depending on the type of service, the features you will get, and the price you will pay.