The internet is vast as you can see plenty of different websites that you can access through normal means or by using a special browser.
Anyway, the only reason why there are websites that you can access online is the fact that they are ‘hosted’ by a company.
This is typically due to a web hosting provider that is able to run multiple servers so that websites can be visible over the internet. And, coupled with a domain, people can have access to those websites as they please just by putting in the appropriate URL.
But, how exactly are you going to choose the right web host for you? Luckily for you, I am going to write about a guide on how to get the right one for you. Consider this as a beginner’s guide.
Choose the Right Hosting Plan
When you are looking for a web host, you might find that they offer different hosting plans. The most common ones that you can find are shared hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated hosting, and the newly implemented cloud hosting.
Shared hosting is the most popular one because it is the most inexpensive and it provides all of the features that a typical website owner needs. The problem with shared hosting is that your website will be pooled together with other websites, meaning, your performance will vary depending on the number of poorly-behaving websites that you are partnered with.
VPS hosting is a step up and is considered to be the bridge between shared and dedicated hosting. VPS is actually an acronym for Virtual Private Server and for the uninitiated, this basically means that a hosting company will use some sort of program for them to create multiple virtual servers for their customers’ use. It is like dedicated hosting in the sense that you have your own resources, albeit you are still in the same server as other websites.
Dedicated hosting is where your website is housed in a single and ‘dedicated’ server. Basically, you have all of the resources to yourself and you are free to use whatever operating system you want to use. You can also set custom PHP scripts, set different parameters, and other things that are normally not offered in other hosting plans.
Cloud hosting is a relative newcomer and it basically solves the problem of geography and server load. The ‘cloud’ is basically a web of servers that are scattered throughout the globe to provide web hosting services to the masses.
Features that You Need
Of course, you will be overwhelmed with the plethora of features that hosting companies typically offer their clients. However, here are some of the most important ones to consider:
- Bandwidth- You will need bandwidth every time you or someone accesses your website. You can choose a specific amount of bandwidth or an unlimited plan depending on your needs
- Storage- Refers to the space that you are given to store all of your files
- Customer Support- This is where you can talk to a customer service representative to help you with your problem.