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Web Hosting

Whether you are looking for cheap web host, affordable web host, or a cost effective web hosting service, this post will guide you. If you are new to web hosting or looking to change hosts for whatever reason, we’re going to cover everything you need to know. Let’s start with the basics first…

What is Web Hosting?

A Web Host or Web Hosting, simply put, is space you rent from a web server. A server is a super computer that holds all of your websites information. When type in the name of your website on my browser, I am taken to the web server where your websites files are being held… or hosted. Some people call this the cloud. Essentially, you could purchase your very own web server, but they are very expensive and usually not worth the trouble, especially if you don’t have a need for this option.

What Are The Different Types Of Web Hosting?

As there are different needs, there are four different types of web hosting options: Shared, (VPS) Virtual Private Server, (DS) Dedicated, and Cloud Hosting. They all perform the same basic need in terms of storing your website files, however the number of visitors your site receives and if you require root access will be the deciding factor in choosing which one to go with. As your site grows, you can (and likely will be forced) to change different web hosts or web hosting services depending on the company you go with. For example a Shared server can handle the small amounts of web traffic from several websites, whereas a site that has a million hits a month will take up too much memory essentially crashing the server (so your site may be kicked out of that plan. A great problem to have in my opinion).

Shared Hosting

As we just discussed, shared hosting is sharing a server. Think of it like an office building with several to thousands of different offices. A great place to start since your traffic will be low to begin with and renting this type of space will be cost effective. Most people should host their new website on a shared server to keep costs low. There are several to choose from, but my recommendations are: Blue Host, iPage, Host Gator, and eHost. Full Revew. For a start-up, you’ll be able to find everything you need using any of these web host companies. Affordable pricing and excellent up-time. You shouldn’t have any trouble with your site being down.

Virtual Private Server


A Virtual Private Server acts similarly to the shared server. In the former case there could be up to thousands of websites on one server. In the case of VPS, there are usually only a few. This allows for many advantages, faster response time, ability to handle more traffic, better security, and root access to your site. VPS Hosting companies I recommend are: Blue Host, InMotion, Liquid Web, and InterServer. Full Review


Dedicated Server


At this point, you can probably see where this is taking us. A dedicated server is simply just that. An entire server dedicated to hosting your website. No more sharing, you are renting the entire space. This is obviously cheaper than purchasing and maintaining your own server. You have full control over the server, however it is more expensive. My Hosting recommendations for a DS are: LiquidWeb, Blue Host, iPage, and Host Gator. Full Review.

Cloud Hosting

Cloud Hosting can be construed as any of the aforementioned variations of hosting. However, for this post we’ll say cloud hosting is a hybrid of sorts. Whereby a few select websites share several servers. This group of websites therefore, can optimize peak performance and handle spikes in visitors without crashing, all at a more cost effective price vs. purchasing a server or paying for a Designated Server. The downside is limited to no root access. Therefore this can be a hindrance for the tech savvy company requiring access at the root level. My recommendations for Cloud Hosting are: SiteGround, Liquid Web, Host Gator, Blue Host. Full Review.

To conclude:

For newbies, the best choice and the cheapest by far is to share a server. It makes sense and as long as you choose one of my recommendations, you won’t have to concern yourself with down time or poor customer service. Your account will be properly managed allowing you to focus on your business as God intended.

For higher traffic sites (over 500k / month) you should start looking into upgrading your plan. Here a VPS will be an excellent choice. You don’t want to crash the system and you don’t want your site to take too long to load etc… As you likely know by now, Google algorithm penalizes slow loading webpages. It takes Google spiders longer to crawl the site and they will move on without searching your entire site. See my post on Google Ranking.

For the more advanced sites the obvious choices are either Designated Server or Could Hosting. The main differences between the two are simple: Do you need root access? If you do, then you need a DS. If not, and you are looking mainly for performance, then choose Cloud Hosting.

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14 thoughts on “Web Hosting

  1. Hello

    Thank you so much for bringing clarity to your post, I did not understand this concept very well because I didn’t know the difference between a domain and hosting and know I can say I know.

    All your recommendations were pretty helpful, I will make use of them.

    With respect

    1. Sanitago, Nice to meet you! Thanks for your comment. There’s a lot of web hosting companies popping up all over the place, I tried to weed out the expensive ones and the companies that are struggling only placing the tried, true, and affordable!

  2. Thank you for an understandable, concise description of web hosting. I like your style and also the visuals that make everything crystal clear.

    I especially liked your blog on Content:Thought Leadership and bookmarked your website for future study. Can a person sign up for notification of your future posts?

    I looked for but could not find your profile on WA. If you have other blogs, posts or websites I would like to have the opportunity to learn more from your writings.

    1. Hey Roger, good to meet you and thanks for your comment! I do not have a notification to sign up for future posts. I really like that suggestion and I will look into making an adjustment to the site. That said, you can sign up for my emails I’ll send them directly to you. I am happy you enjoyed the post! Have a great week!

  3. Wow, I am not an expert in IT at all. I learned about website and blogging through videos and tutorials, some of the terms and jargons that people used sometimes really confused me, server, hosting and stuff do not even mean anything to me before, but I really want to thank you by your way of explaining these things to novice like me. I don’t even know about the existence of virtual private serve before. Btw, may I know, what is the advantage to have our own domain though? is that really important thing to have? Thanks

    1. Hi A Habil! Good to meet you! There are a lot of companies that will give you a free domain if you host with them. This is not a terrible thing by any means. Of course it saves you money, but you want to own your domain or have control over it. The free domain from a hosting service is typically for sale if you decide to another hosting service, or there may be other restrictions on the domain name as way to keep you as a customer. At least for a little while longer. I have seen some companies provide a free domain name that is more like a page. Consider this like Facebook. You get your own page http://www.facebook.com/themillionairedude. This is not your domain name. Other companies will offer you something similar like themillionairedude.com/siterubix.com. This is a free domain and not something you have control over. Google doesn’t rank these sites as well, not to mention when people visit your site, they may be confused by seeing siterubix. Too many scams have made people cautious. The other issue is http vs https. When you own your own domain you can upgrade to an https website. This provides additional security and validation to your site. Hope this helps!

  4. Interesting aspects to consider in regards to servers. I’ve only started on my blogging website so I’m on a shared server. However, hopefully as I build my website up, I think I’ll be lucky to consider using a virtual private server. In addition, I learned from you that Google actually penalizes slow loading websites. I’ll definitely keep all of this in mind as I continue developing my blog. Thanks for the valuable information!

    1. What’s up Jeremy! Yes, it’s unfortunate, but it makes sense. Especially when you are starting a blog there are so many issues we uncover as we learn about the process of optimizing our sites. Too many plugins will slow your site. At some point, get a web programmer to take a look at your site and have them optimize it for your. There is a plug that will cache your site so it loads immediately. That might be a helpful start if you are concerned about. Google analytics will provide you with loading speed information. Don’t forget to submit your mobile site to google as well! Very important as this can take over a week before Google even gets to the submission. I would avoid doing these if you have blank pages. You don’t need a ton of pages and posts. Actually a landing page is sufficient, or an about me page.

  5. I like the way the visuals seem to correlate to the different types of servers. It provides a great visual when understanding what each server is and does. I’ve been looking for a place to host my websites. I’ll probably start with the shared server like you recommend. Thanks for this awesome article. I’ll definitely be bookmarking your site.

    1. Hey Caleb! Nice to meet you. Thanks. I am glad to help. these days it doesn’t make sense to start with anything other than a shared site. then wait to see how things grow. when the time is right, you’ll certainly know what to do. I hope you’ll have your own DS one day soon! Have a great one!

  6. Hi,

    I enjoyed your blog on web hosting. Assuming that all hosting servicers are similar, are there any companies that you would not recommend for a small business? You mentioned Blue Host in several server descriptions. Do you agree that Blue Host can sustain a business’ growth and upgrade server needs fro shared to VPS to DS?

    1. Hi Axial, nice to meet you and thanks for the comment. When looking for a hosting website, if you choose not to use my recommendations, you should always ask if the servicing company can provide you with some stats. how much of the server do they use for shared servers? example, some companies will cut off adding more websites at 50% capacity to the server, whilst others will try to jam pack them in regardless of the quality. they are trying to maximize their return. I don’t blame them, but this means they are providing you with less quality and more issues along the way. 50% is ideal but very few companies do this. 70-80% for a newbie is sufficient. For a small business you might wan to consider 50%-70%max. if you are using a shared server. Otherwise go with VPN. Blue Host really has this nailed down. They are a big player in the game and offer quality service.

  7. I’ve always wondered what is hosting all about. I know it means our sues are stored somewhere, but never knew there would be four different types web servers.

    In terms of ease to use, are these servers has the same difficulty or the dedicated servers will be more difficult to set up and manage?

    1. Hi Isaac, nice to meet you! Unless your site is handling hundreds of thousands of site views a month, you don’t need to worry about anything other than a shared server. If you had this many people visiting your site, you would need help from a professional IT consultant since you would be looking to take advantage of the Cpanel and root access.

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