Have you ever wondered which type of hosting is right for you? There are so many different hosting plans and hosting providers out there. Don’t be bogged down by all the options. Let’s take a few moments to discuss. There are free web hosting providers. This option might be ok if you just have a little site for fun or for your hobby. However, take not that most of the free hosting providers require you to have ads on your site. These are often pop–up ads that they place on your site. These can get to be a bit annoying. You will often have limited bandwidth, disk space and features.
Another web hosting option that a majority of Internet users utilize is shared hosting. This option is economical and for most individuals and even many small to medium sized businesses works well. Shared hosting is when a host places more than one website on a single server. This allows them to offer very affordable hosting rates.
However, there are some down sides to shared hosting. There are several websites on one server which as you can imagine sometimes causes problems. It can result in website performance that is less than you would like. However, overall shared hosting packages work well and provide a good value for the money. Another thing you should take care of – is website security. There is not so many web hosting companies that offer secure web hosting solutions.
More hosting types will be discussed in another segment. The above options work well for individuals. Sometimes business websites, especially large ecommerce sites will need to use other options.
For larger businesses, corporations and organizations, you may want to consider a different type of hosting rather than shared hosting plans. You may want to select co–location or dedicated hosting depending on your specific needs. With co–location hosting you will buy your own server that will be kept in a data center. This will provide you with ultimate control over your hosting experience. You can have a fast, reliable and secure hosting service. However, this form of hosting is expensive. You will pay a good deal of money for servers. In addition you will need to hire technicians to maintain your server and take care of any problems that arise.
If you want to rent a sever rather than buy one, you can use dediсated server hosting services. You will not need to spend as much money as it would cost you to buy your own server. If you have managed dedicated hosting your hosting provider will pretty much take care of maintaining the servers for you and taking care of any problems.
Web hosts come in all different shapes and sizes. There are many small hosting companies and hosting resellers. Other hosting companies are very large. Selecting a reliable and quality web host is not always an easy task with so many different options.
When looking for a web host there are several key factors to be considered. You will want a host who provides reliable hosting services. When you evaluate perspective hosts, it is important to find out what their average uptime is. This is especially important for businesses. Look for a host that has as close to 100% uptime as possible. Downtime can equal lost sales and customers for businesses.
Take your time to compare prices of several web hosts. Take a look at what each host offers. How much web space and bandwidth is included? Also take a look at the various hosting features and applications that are included with each package.
If you find a few potential web hosts, you can search to try to find out more about the host. For example, Google that web host. You will then be able to see if you can locate any positive or negative feedback about that host.
In addition you can ask friends and business associates about their experiences with web hosts. Who is there current host? Would they encourage you to sign up with that host? Have they had any bad experiences with any hosts?