What is Website Hosting?
Imagine you have a really big and amazing pool mattress and you want to stay on it while it is floating in your swimming pool. However, you are having a hard time due to the instability and you eventually fall in the water. Think of hosting as an invisible virtual hand which keeps your website stable on the Internet. The more stable that “hand” is, the better it will be for your own website.
There are a few elements you should look into before you get your web hosting:
- Reliable security
- Integrated analytics
- Interminable help
- First-rate uptime
However, before buying your first hosting plan, you should also know that there are a few types of hosting options:
1. Classic website hosting
This is the most popular type of web hosting among the people who have just started up. The benefit of it is that it is quite cheap compared to the other options. However, you get limited space and you could also experience slowdowns often due to the fact that your website is stored on a server with hundreds, if not thousands of other websites. If one of them experiences a traffic spike, it could potentially drain the available storage and bandwidth.
2. Managed WordPress hosting
This type of hosting is designed for WordPress websites. It might be more expensive than the shared hosting, though it provides better uptime and, of course, is more secure. It is advisable only if you want heavily customized WordPress pages.
3. Dedicated hosting
As you could already guess, it is more expensive than regular shared hosting and it is advisable to get if you are a developer or use resource-hungry web applications. This hosting is exclusively yours and there is no chance of running out of bandwidth or space and you also are provided full root access.
4. VPS Hosting
Virtual Private Server (VPS) combine the best components of shared and dedicated servers, offering more features and flexibility than former while being much cheaper than the latter. Your website runs on a server that hosts fewer sites than a shared one, yet the cost of running the server is shared by sites hosted there. The result is relatively lower cost.
Let us go back to the elements of web hosting.
When looking for the perfect web hosting provider, security should be your top priority. With booming cyber attacks and malware, it is obvious that any site can get hacked — no matter the size.
The advantage of selecting a good web host is that they encrypt your data, protecting it from hackers, while warding off DDoS attacks. They also perform regular network monitoring and keep your site from being blacklisted. In the event of a crisis, a good web host provides a single point of contact.
Something which you should look for is if the web hosting company provides you with an SSL encryption certificate – something which would significantly increase the customers’ trust in your website.
Real-time analytics enable you to monitor your website, identifying and fixing slow load times and traffic issues before they become a serious problem.
3. Customer Support
In quality web hosting companies, the customer support team is available 24/7. This is especially necessary for businesses having web visitors from across the globe. Your customers will want to access your website no matter the time. When choosing your web hosting service, be sure to check out if their customer support is available at any given time and also check out their rating from other customers.
Uptime is the amount of time your website is available for visitors. This is why the provider should ensure ultimate uptime for your website. Honestly, no company can ensure 100% uptime, but if they claim to have around 99.9%, then that hosting provider can be trusted on that matter.