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).
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
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 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.
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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