A Beginner’s Guide To: Web Hosting

Posted on 5 July, 2018 by Heather in

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This is the second post in our four-part series, which will also include articles on Web Design, SEO, and Ecommerce.

If you’re setting up a website, you need to know about web hosting. As it happens, many people don’t know a great deal about this topic. We’re here to guide you through some of the key terms you might come across when you visit a web hosting company’s website. That way you’ll find it much easier to figure out which company and hosting plan is best for you.

What is web hosting?

First, what exactly is web hosting? It’s essentially a service that gives you the ability to put your website online. Every website must have a host that will basically store it online in a specific server. When people type your web address into their browser, they will connect to your host server to gain access to your website.

What are web hosting companies/providers?

In order to get your site online for people to visit, you need to find a web hosting provider. As you can imagine, they provide you with the server to host your site on. They take care of all the technical elements involved in web hosting to ensure your website remains online. This often means they work behind the scenes and monitor the server, so it doesn’t crash and leave your site offline for a period.

Is there only one type of web hosting?

No, there are many different types of web hosting available depending on what suits your website best.

Shared Hosting

This is where your website lives on a server that it shares with loads of other websites. It’s the cheapest option because web hosting providers can have hundreds of sites on the same server, meaning you all split the costs. It’s quick and easy to set up too, but the downside is that having all these sites on one server can lead to performance issues.

VPS Hosting

Virtual Private Server hosting is where your site has its own private virtual server that’s connected to a real physical one. This physical server can have multiple virtual servers, which each website will be hosted on. It’s not quite a fully shared host server because you all have private virtual ones, but it’s not quite an example of one physical server per website. While this may be costlier than a typical shared server, the benefits outweigh this.

Dedicated Hosting

This is where you have one physical server all to yourself. No one else is connected to it, which helps keep the server up and running with minimal disruptions. The downside is that it’s much harder to set up and monitor, and it’s usually the most expensive option. Still, you often see businesses use this option to keep their sites secure.

So, to sum things up; web hosting refers to how every website manages to get online. You find a hosting provider, pay for their service, and get your site on a server. This can either be a shared server, a VPS one, or one that’s wholly dedicated to you. Each of these web hosting options has pros and cons, it all depends on your specific needs!

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