Choosing a web hosting company can be a daunting task. If you are new to the web and do not even know what web hosting is I suggest you check out one of our other pages Insider’s Guide To Web Hosting. In this I break down the basics of web hosting and tell a story about a friend who was probably just like you and did not understand what web hosting is. It takes out the technicality of choosing a host and getting you up and running as soon as possible with web hosting companies that we use for the majority of our clients and our own sites.
There are so many different kinds of web hosting that it can be overwhelming to choose the right type of business web hosting to support your business needs. It is first important to understand what web hosting actually is. Here is another one of our guides for beginners in web hosting.
Basically web hosting is where your website/files are stored. The best way to describe it is like a storage unit. In storage units people keep all their stuff. Web hosts are similar in that they store all of your website files, HTML, documents, images and any videos. To put things in simple terms web hosting is when a company rents out server space or a single server to store your website and connect to the internet so that other individuals are able to access the pages of a website.
Oftentimes, web hosting and data centers are confused. Data centers are buildings that house all the equipment for hosting including backup power supplies, environmental controls for cooling, high security and redundant data communications connections. All of these work in tangent to help one another so that your website is runs smoothly.
Here is a simple video that talks about what Google’s Data Center:
If you are a bit on the more technical or curious side of things this guide on How Web Hosting Works will explain the ins and outs of what you need to know to make an educated choice. Unfortunately, every one’s scenario is a bit different, so it is important to take a look at all of the different web hosting companies to evaluate each of their strengths and weaknesses.
Here are a few hosting companies that we personally use for our own websites and our customers use to host the websites that we build for them.
I have also attached a video to explain more in depth about how hosting your website would work.
The video goes in depth about what a domain is, where you need to buy one and who you can buy it through. Most times with Hostgator and Bluehost hosting you can get a free domain when signing up for their web hosting.
The video then goes into explain that you can use different domain registrars to register your domain and host with the same domain registrar. Oftentimes, users get confused with the fact that you can register a domain in a different area than where the domain is hosted. If you have a domain registration and a host in a separate place, which is very common. You have to change the DNS settings of the domain. DNS stands for domain name server. Basically you have to link up your domain with your hosting. To do this go to your DNS settings in the website registrar for that domain. Be patient because it could take up to 24 hours for the DNS settings to propagate. Normally this happens within a few hours though.
In short, web hosting communicates with your domain to host your website files allowing users to access your website from anywhere in the world where they have internet connection.
There are so many different types of web hosting including reseller hosting, shared hosting and managed hosting. If you are interested in reading more in depth about these different types of hosting concepts please click on the previous links.
To give you a quick synopsis of what each of the individual web hosting companies continue reading.
Shared hosting is one of the most common and affordable options for businesses looking to host their website. Shared hosting is when multiple customer share a server to host their website on. In most cases none of the website owners know any of the other owners and things are kept completely separate from each other. Each individual is given a limit on the total number of resources they can use, but makes for the most economical way for businesses to get online. At alreadyhost.com the majority of our clients and some of our personal websites are on shared hosting.
Reseller hosting is when a medium size business rents out a server to use for themselves and then resells or rents out hosting space on the same server to other small and medium sized businesses. Essentially making it the same as shared hosting.
Managed hosting is when a web hosting provider administers the hardware, system software and operating systems. The client rarely uses the administrative access. Usually the provider is responsible for setting up the hardware, installing and configuring, tech support, maintenance and host monitoring.
If you take a look at a good comparison of the different hosts check out this web hosting table that breaks down each of the major features of some of our favorite web hosting companies. We have used all of these for personal websites and would recommend any of them. If you need help choosing a web host please chat to us on our online support.
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Although the pricing may not always display the correct price when you click the link it will certainly give you the best web hosting deal available at that time for that particular web hosting provider.
If we are promoting a web hosting company it is something we have used on our own in the past. For quick references these are the top 3 we recommend:
If you are looking for other ways once you have your website up and hosted to further help your business please check out the following web and marketing guides:
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