If you want to create your own website, one of the first things you will need is web hosting.
But what is web hosting? Why is it important to have your own web hosting? What are its types? And most important, what are the best web hosting companies available out there?
What is Web Hosting?
According to Wikipedia, a web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web.
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a web host is a company that provides the technology necessary to create and maintain websites.
So, web hosts are companies that offer us web space on a server.
In short, a web host consists of a computer that hosts a website.
Why do You Need Web Hosting?
If you were wondering “if web hosting means only a computer dedicated to serve a website, then why do I need a web hosting service? Can’t I simply use my home computer to serve my website?”
That is a good question. Yes, of course, you could use your own computer to run and manage your web site, but that would be really not a good idea.
There are several reasons why web hosting services exists. Their high performance and low cost often make them affordable for everyone, not to mention hassle-free.
But if you were curious, I have listed some good reasons why you need to use a web hosting service.
The Drawbacks of Self-hosting:
- Power outage problems: You website will run as long as there is electricity supply.
- Slow connection: You may have a high-speed internet connection at home, but that is just the “download-speed.” On a server, you are basically sending files and need a fast “upload speed.” It is most likely that your home connection have slow upload speed.
- Hardware maintenance: If one of your hardware or software crashes, for example, then it will take you another 6-7 days before the website is up and running. In addition, if your hard disk crashes, you might also lose all your files.
- Dynamic IP address – Your internet connection at home has a dynamic IP address that often changes as time passes. This is just like changing your house constantly and people trying to send you email.
The Benefits of Using Web Hosting Services:
- Power backup facilities – Most web hosts have a power backup installed at their office (on-site generators) that will keep your website live and running even during power outages.
- Stable and fast internet connection – We hosts are very fast and they can handle more than 1,000, or 10,000, or even 100s of thousands visitors a day.
- Expert support to maintain hardware and software – The experts employed by these web hosts regularly check, update, and maintain their hardware and software. They also have backup hardware that will continue to run no matter what happens. Not to mention, they also provide data backup so that you will never lose your files.
Types of Web Hosting
The first step you need to take is to choose the web hosting type for your individual need. Although it seems plain and simple, however, there are several things you need to consider before choosing a web host.
In this blog post, we will cover the following web hosting types:
- Shared web hosting
- Dedicated web hosting
- Virtual Private Server (VPS) web hosting
You can use any of these hosting types to serve the needs of your website.
I will also give you examples of each of these web hosting types so that you will be clear to which web hosting type you should prefer.
Basically, there are three types of web hosting (shown above): shared web hosting, dedicated web hosting, and VPS (Cloud) web hosting.
These three types of web hosting are sufficient to host small, medium, and large websites.
Often, a website size is determined by the number of monthly visitors to it.
But do not feel shy of falling under the small section as more than 99.9 percent of websites are considered to be small. As a result, usually cheaper than other options!
1) Shared Web Hosting
Shared web hosting is the most popular web hosting type for individuals, small business, and even some popular websites.
In shared hosting, multiple sites are hosted on the same server.
Because of the shared resources (computer for e.g.) it becomes extremely cheaper to host your website on shared web host.
In addition, a shared host supports many popular website platforms such as WordPress, Joomla, and others, making the process of setting up a website extremely easy.
A shared web host can handle up to 30,000 visitors per month, which covers 99.9% of websites.
If you are just starting out blogging to make money online, you should definitely take a closer look at shared web hosting option for optimal value and performance.
2) Dedicated Web Hosting
Dedicated web hosting consists of only single website. The advantage of using a dedicated web hosting is that the entire resources are dedicated to a single website, offering the best possible performance for that site.
Although dedicated web hosting could be quite expensive than shared web hosting, it is worth all the expense if your website gets a lot of traffic (over +50,000 visitors/month), and therefore, requires a dedicated IP and fast page load times.
3) VPS Web Hosting (cloud)
VPS is “virtual private server” that includes 100s of computers networked together and look as a single resource.
Basically, a VPS host features tons of computing resources with unlimited hard disk space, terabytes (TB) of RAM, and thousands of processors.
The advantage of using VPS hosting are that:
- You can upgrade your website from small to large websites without having to change web servers.
- You have tons of options as far as software and hardware is concerned
- You only pay for the services your website needs
- Often, you pay by the hour rather than pay a monthly fee.
VPS web hosting is best suited for more technical savvy people such as web designers, web developers, bloggers, and online marketers.
Which Hosting Type Do I Need?
Shared web hosting
- Great option if you have a website that gets over +30,000 visitors per month
- They offer cost-effective package for you, as low as $1 per month.
- Very simple to use and set up
- Usually, they provide unlimited bandwidth and web space
Dedicated web hosting
- Amazing option for websites that get more than +30,000 visitors per month
- The web hosting pricings are expensive (starting from as low as $75 per month)
- It is simple and easy to set up
- Highly secure
- They offer dedicated IP (usually, 3 to 4 IP addresses are given)
VPS (Cloud) web hosting
- Excellent choice for bigger sites that gets any number of website visitors
- Price goes up with your website needs (starts usually as low as $15 per month)
- Can be extremely difficult if you are not a tech savvy guy – web developer or a designer
- Dedicated IP addresses are included
- Can be scaled
- You get only the amount of RAM, web space, and bandwidth that you actually require
Next, Chapter 02: Choosing a Domain
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