What is Web Webhosting?
Web hosting is a service that allows organizations and individuals to post a website or web page onto the Internet. A web host, or web hosting service provider, is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website or web page to be viewed in the Internet. Websites are hosted, or stored, on special computers called servers. When Internet users want to view your website, all they need to do is type your website address or domain into their browser. Their computer will then connect to your server and your web pages will be delivered to them through the browser.
If you decide to create and host your website with Prioritywebservices.com, in addition to access to the drag and drop site builder, you can get a custom domain, email addresses, and web hosting all bundled into one subscription.
Here are some features you should be expecting from your hosting provider:
|Email Accounts||As mentioned earlier, most hosting providers require users to have their own domain name. With a domain name (e.g. www.yourwebsite.com) and email account features provided by your hosting company, you can create domain email accounts (e.g. [email protected]).
|FTP Access||The use of FTP lets you upload files from your local computer to your web server. If you build your website using your own HTML files, you can transfer the files from your computer to the web server through FTP, allowing your website to be accessed through the internet.
|WordPress Support||WordPress is an online website creation tool. It is a powerful blogging and website content management system, which is a convenient way to create and manage website. WordPress powers over 25% of websites on the internet. Most hosting providers will tell you right away if their plans are WordPress-compatible or not. The simple requirements for hosting your WordPress websites include: PHP version 7 or greater; MySQL version 5.6 or greater.|
How to choose the right web hosting package:
There are several web hosting options available. To know which one would be right for your business, ask yourself the following questions:
What kind of website do you plan to host online- a blog, an ecommerce portal, a news website, etc as this will determine how much web traffic you expect and how robust the infrastructure required to host your website, should be.
- What are the goals of your website? How fast do you see yourself expanding online business?
- How much hand-holding do you need?
Your answers will determine how much you need of the following:
- Storage space
- Control–is it important that you have root control of your server?
- Cost–how much are you either willing to spend or need to spend?
How to know which web hosting provider to partner with?
Investigate their performance or claims in the following area:
- Uptime-Do they guarantee at least a 99% uptime? Where are their servers located?
- Years in the industry-One way to determine their credibility
- Customers-How many customers do they serve? In what locations do they have a presence?
- Online reviews and testimonials-These should give you a more factual idea of the company’s reputation
- Support-Does the company offer 24X7 support with trained personnel to assist you?
- Related products-Select a web hosting company that offers you other related web service products such as security, email and backup services. Getting it all in one place could reduce the time coordinating with different providers
- Security considerations
- Backup services
- Mobile Access– Can you access your control panel from a device on the go?
What are the web hosting options available?
There are several ways to host your website:
If you have a blog or a small business that is just starting out, Shared Hosting is a good option to start with. It’s the most affordable hosting option available as your server space is shared by other websites. It’s simple and easy-to-use. On the other hand, because you share space and resources with multiple other websites on the same server, an overload with another website will cause your website to slow down. You have minimal control over the server.
If you have a WordPress blog or website, it is recommended that you purchase a WordPress hosting package as it is specifically optimized to cater to your WordPress website.
If you want to get into the hosting business, purchasing Reseller Hosting enables you to rent out or re-sell the same hosting services provided by the parent hosting company. With Reseller Hosting, you can also upsell every other web service offered by the parent web host.
Dedicated hosting gives you complete/administrative control of your server with full root access. You can choose to install any software you wish to.
You can think of VPS hosting as a higher, stronger more advanced form of shared hosting. While you do share a server with other websites, you are assigned resources that are not shared with the other properties. If you cannot afford a dedicated server, VPS is the way to go.