You are travelling around the world in search for adventure, new acquaintances, knowledge about other cultures… You are on the road for a long time and you get to a point where you need a place to rest. You go up to the first house that comes your way and ask for the owner to be your host for the night. No! Of course, you don’t do that, because you have no idea who that person is, you have never seen them before.
They might as well be a serial killer for all you know. What you do is – you do your research before the trip, acquire information about the best places on your route and then you are free to roam the world. Now tell me, why would it be different for your website?
The right one
What type of website you plan on running influences the decision on what kind of hosting package you are going to get? When it comes to types of web hosting service providers, you are hardly without choices, because there is a host for every purpose out there. If you’re just starting a website, the most economical, and still quite decent hosting package you can use is Shared hosting where one server is, guess what, shared between several other websites. You and other websites share the same hardware, meaning RAM and CPU and the same software, which can be a problem if you are in need of software updates and such.
They tend to be cheaper, therefore, advised for newer users. For more advanced users, and for websites that require regular maintenance, a VPS (Virtual Private Server) is a perfect choice. It is, just like a Shared host, divided among several users, however, the number is drastically smaller.
Another good side of VPS host is that every user gets root and administrator access, which allows them to maintain their server by themselves and in a way they find it necessary. Compared to Shared hosts, VPSs are more expensive, but you also get what you paid for. Another, more recent hosting package, Cloud hosting, represents one of the most reliable hosting solutions available. With this package, your website is not a part of a physical, but a virtual partition which draws its necessary requirements, like disk space, RAM and so on, from a massive network of physical servers.
Cloud hosting provides security for your website, and if any physical server out there happens to crash, your website is allocated to another, properly working one. What makes this package great is the fact that you do not pay a fixed price for it. On the contrary, the billing is based on the same principle as electricity or heating. You pay what you use. These are just some of the packages available. The link provided will take you to a longer list of packages you can choose from, Web hosting service – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, so revise minutely.
The performance of your website directly depends on the type of hosting you get. When getting hosting, you need to think about several other things as well. For example, how big is the storage capacity you are given. I mean, not everyone needs infinite amount of GBs, but if you feel you are one of those people who need a lot of storage space, this is something you need to take into consideration. Bandwidth is something everyone has to think about when getting a hosting package. You would not want to make other users wait for their turn to visit your website because of low bandwidth. For those of you who don’t know what bandwidth is, it is the amount of data that can be transferred per second. The higher the Bandwidth, the faster the users will be able to open your webpage. When it comes to deciding on the bandwidth you need, just ask yourself, how many people will be viewing your website daily. The bigger the number of users, the higher the bandwidth.
The importance of web hosting goes to a point that the better the host you choose, the better your search engine results rankings will be (in terms of stability, which is directly influenced by hosting, which reflects on your SEO), meaning that, if a user tries to find something that your site offers, your website will be more likely to show up on top of search list.
Another very important thing you must not forget to pay attention to is the price. You would not want to overpay for something that does not exceed your needs and expectations. When it comes to the price, you need to compare more than two web hosts in order to find the one that offers the right service for the lowest price. There are websites which offer discount coupons so you can get the best services for lower prices and economize even further.
From the time spent on creating your website, to building it up to go viral, take most of the time on finding a proper host that best suits your needs. Choosing the right one will directly influence your website’s performance and, furthermore, on the rating it gets, which will make it visible to a wider online community.