Hosting is a vital part of your websites requirements in order to successfully be viewed online. Most people never have to look into the details of their server because it is automatically provided for you by your website provider. However, if you have a larger website or a website with specific hosting requirements you may need to source alternative ways of hosting your online presence.
What Is Hosting?
Simply, hosting is when your use a server to run your website online. The internet does not run its self – many many things go on in the background and hosting is one of those things. A physical server will be hosting your website somewhere in the world, you rent space on that server and that is why you have hosting fees.
How Do I Choose My Hosting Provider?
Choosing a hosting provider is not an easy job. Each server company has its positives and negatives. Whether they be cheap and cheerful hosting providers with no support or whether they be a whole singing and dancing server provider with sky high prices.
Consider Your Technical Ability
Hosting is something you categorically need to be working correctly in order for your website to run right. When choosing a hosting company consider whether you have the know how to fix or amend your settings on your server if you experience any problems. If you don’t know how to do this we would recommend you chose a company that offers 24/7 support with guaranteed response times.
If you don’t want to be involved with this at all, consider buying your hosting through a 3rd party such as your website design agency. These professionals will know how to trouble shoot your server if an issue were to arise and all you’ll need to do is contact them and say there is a problem.
If you feel like you understand how servers work (be confident, this isn’t to be played with) consider going for a cheaper server company with less support available.
What Type Of Server Do I Need?
If you have a small, fairly basic website you won’t need a complex server set up, so you shouldn’t worry about this aspect of hosting. However, if your website is complex, server heavy and stores huge amounts of sensitive information you may wish to look into alternative hosting solutions.
Shared hosting is when your website is on a server that also hosts loads of other websites. Because you are sharing this box it’s much cheaper as the cost of running this physical equipment 24/7 is spread out between everyone on the server.
This type of hosting usually comes with an element of support for its users.
VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. This type of hosting is usually used by people who know how to manage their own server but can’t afford a dedicated physical server. They are much cheaper to run that an equivalent physical server but offer much better access on an operating system level for the customer. This is not something you can do on shared hosting.
Being separate from other websites on this virtual level means your website has much better security as a result.
Dedicated hosting as touched on in our last segment is when a physical server is physically only hosting your website/s. You are the only person who can access your server remotely and this means that if somebody elses website gets hacked on your shared server you won’t be at risk – because you aren’t sharing with them.
This method of hosting is extremely expensive though. Whilst it comes with obvious benefits the cost often isn’t enough for general website owners.
So Basically All You Need To Know Is This
We advise you speak to your web design agency about your hosting options, they will know your understanding level and should understand what hosting companies are suitable for you. Have a chat with them to see what they suggest and recommend.