Web hosting is the service of providing storage space for a website or application on a server on the internet. Once your website is made available on the internet, it can be accessed by other users connected to the internet.
How Web Hosting Works?
Web hosts are companies that rent out their services and technologies to host websites on the internet. Once the hosting company hosts your website, users can access it by typing in your web address (www.domainname.com) in their web browser.
When they do this, their computer connects to the server your website is hosted on. The server in turn serves (sends the files you have stored on the storage to display) the website to your web visitor in their web browser.
How to choose the right web hosting package
There are several web hosting options available. To know which one would be right for your business, ask yourself the following questions:
What kind of website do you plan to host online – a small business website, blog, an eCommerce portal, a news website, etc as this will determine how much web traffic you expect and how robust the infrastructure required to host your website, should be.
What are the goals of your website? How fast do you see yourself expanding your online business?
How much help will you need?
With the above questions your answers will determine how much you need of storage space, traffic, control and cost for your web hosting.
Having control of your server means you can access it anytime and anywhere, do configurations yourself than relying on your web host.”What Click To Tweet
How to know which web hosting provider to partner with?
Investigate their performance or claims in the following area:
- Uptime – Do they guarantee at least a 99% uptime?
- Years in the industry – One way to determine their credibility
- Customers – How many customers do they serve? In what locations do they have a presence?
- Online reviews and testimonials-These should give you a more factual idea of the company’s reputation
- Support-Does the company offer 24X7 support with trained personnel to assist you? And how do they offer it ? via email, chat, telephone?
- Related products – Select a web hosting company that offers you other related web service products such as security, email and backup services. Getting all in one place could reduce the time coordinating with different providers
- Security considerations
- Backup services
- Mobile Access– Can you access your control panel from a device on the go?
What are the web hosting options available?
There are several ways to host your website:
If you have a small business that is just starting out, Shared Hosting is a good option to start with. It’s the most affordable hosting option available as your server space is shared by other websites.
It’s simple and easy-to-use. On the other hand, because you share space and resources with multiple other websites on the same server, an overload with another website will cause your website to slow down. You have minimal control over the server. Hosts provide access via a control panel to load website files and manage emails.
If you have a WordPress blog or website, it is recommended that you purchase a WordPress hosting package as it is specifically optimized to cater to your WordPress website. The resources and how it setup its made to handle WordPress requirements.
If you want to get into the hosting business, purchasing Reseller Hosting enables you to rent out or re-sell the same hosting services provided by the parent hosting company.
With Reseller Hosting, you can also upsell every other web service offered by the parent web host. You have the freedom to charge your own prices and allocate resources to your clients.
Parent hosting company will offer you support when required, but won’t talk directly with your clients.
Dedicated hosting gives you complete/administrative control of your server with full root access. You can choose to install any software you wish to.
You can think of VPS hosting as a higher, stronger more advanced form of shared hosting. While you do share a server with other websites, you are assigned resources that are not shared with the other properties. If you cannot afford a dedicated server, VPS is the way to go as its dedicated server sliced into smaller servers.
We hope we’ve given you a basic understanding of what web hosting is and how it works.