By the time you have decided to find website hosting, you probably already have a pretty good idea for a website. Whether you are a budding startup, creating a blog or the Internet face of an already existing business, how you organize, program, and host your website will likely be integral to its success.
That is why it is so important that this last step, which is often not considered properly, be a well-thought out decision. Choosing the wrong provider, or the wrong type of hosting, can inhibit your website’s growth, or stick you with undeserved monthly or annual fees that do nothing to bolster your website’s performance. This article will go over the basic considerations to have when choosing website hosting.
What Web Hosting Does
Website hosting is a go-to term for pretty much all the options available for storing your website on a server. It can be of home design, integrated into your business model, or a remote server hosted by a company with a large server farm. The last of these options tends to be the best for anyone without the immediate resources to build servers and host from home, and who wants to get a website up quickly, efficiently, and cheaply. That being said, you shouldn’t just go out and pick any old hosting company, and you shouldn’t pick the most basic options unless you really don’t need any bandwidth or processing power to run your site. Many companies will promise unlimited bandwidth, when what they really mean is upper-data caps and clauses that stipulate very particular circumstances where unlimited bandwidth can occur. You do not want these. You want honest, preferably local hosting companies that have smaller clientele, and therefore larger customization and personal relationships.
Types of Hosting
Web site hosting comes in two flavors, usually: shared and dedicated. Shared hosting means your annual or monthly fee would provide you with a single partition on a very large server, one which might have thousands of separate partitions for thousands of separate websites. While this is certainly the cheapest option, it means customization for your sever will be limited, and you will compete for resources with all of the other websites hosted next to you. While this may not seem like a big issue, it means that you will share other websites’ latency, and other websites’ security breaches.
The other option, generally thought to be the better one, is a dedicated server, wherein you get an entire server “dedicate” only to your website. Subsequently, you will get to pick your processor, its memory, and the operating system on which to run your site. Now, you are not competing for resources, you have greater control over the foundation of your website, and you will not need to worry about latency (as much).
Though an entire article could be written about the different types of memory and processors to use, for now the best thing you can do is consider whether you want your website hosting provider to be cheap and unreliable, or dedicated and stable.