What is Web Hosting?
Web hosting is a service that gives individuals and companies the ability to post their website on the internet using rented servers. In many regards, web hosting services are the backbone of the internet as we know it. These services allow many of the websites you visit to exist and to function properly. Without hosting services many individuals and small businesses would not have the capacity or capability to run efficient and effective sites.
How Web Hosting Works
For the most part, all web hosting services work the same. The web host provides a physical computer that can run continuously without experiencing interruption – the server. Depending on the hosting plan you opt for, you rent some space and processing capacity on the web host servers. Keep in mind you are renting the space and you need to pay the ‘rent’ regularly (depending on the hosting plan you choose) to keep your website on the server and running.
In the space you rent, you can create and host a website, which typically contains text, images, videos, files, etc. As such, everything pertaining to your website is stored in the server and it is attached to your domain name.
When someone enters your domain name in the address bar of a web browser, or when they click a link to your website, the server connects to the server hosting your website and sends the requested files (text, images, video, and any other type of content) of the webpage to the users’ web browsers.
The Different Web Hosting
In a free and competitive market such as the web hosting market, there are a lot of hosting plans available. This means there is a hosting plan for everyone or every organization. Below are some of the main hosting plans available on the market.
- Shared Hosting – Shared hosting is the most common type of web hosting. This is because the plan meets the needs of most businesses and individuals. To make it easier for users, shared hosting plans typically come with pre-configured server options, easy to use control panels, and server maintenance and administration is taken care of by the web host.
- WordPress Hosting – WordPress Hosting is another form of shared hosting that is simply created and optimized for WordPress hosting. As such, apart from the typical features of shared hosting, WordPress hosting comes with extra WordPress features, including WordPress themes, page builders, plugins, and much more.
- VPS Hosting – With a Virtual Private Server, you get a dedicated partition from the server. As such, you get dedicated server space, memory, and other resources.
- Dedicated Hosting – This is a type of hosting plan that entails having your own physical servers that are dedicated to your website. This means you can configure your server to best meet your needs and those of your traffic.
- Reseller Hosting – Reseller allows companies to resell hosting services similar to a typical web host. You rent server space and resell the same to other individuals or companies. Many internet marketing agencies offer this service.
- Specialty Hosting – Few web hosts offer this type of hosting. This type of hosting plan is designed to cater to the needs of a few organizations that need to use specific languages, frameworks, and database tools that are not commonly used by other companies.
How To Choose The Best Web Hosting Plan And Company For You
How to choose a web hosting product for your particular needs is a topic that should be discussed in detail. However, it would be wrong not to point out the main considerations you should keep in mind when choosing your web hosting plan. Knowing how to choose a hosting plan is a part and parcel to understanding what web hosting is.
When it comes to choosing your web hosting, you should consider the following:
- #1. The server bandwidth and storage you need to consider. The traffic you get will influence how much storage and bandwidth you need.
- #2. The budget you have for website operations.
- #3. Ease of use of the control panel back-end in relation to your technical savyiness.
On the other hand, when choosing a web hosting company to work with, you should consider the following pointers.
- #1. The Uptime – At the bare minimum, ensure the hosting company guarantees at least 99% uptime. You do not want your website to keep going offline, hence becoming inaccessible to your traffic.
- #2. Quality Of Customer Care Service – Inevitably, you will need help from the hosting company and the last thing you want is to be ignored by the hosting company. As such, before buying any plan, ensure the company has excellent and helpful customer care services with trained and experienced customer care personnel.
- #3. Security Consideration – How secure does the company keep its servers? Does the company take extra measures to secure their customer’s portal?
- #4. Backup Frequency – How often does the company backup websites under the plan you want to buy?
- #5. The Number Of Years The Industry – How many years has the hosting company been operating? More specifically, how many years have they operated in your location?
You should also consider whether the web host provides mobile access to your backend and online reviews and testimonials.