If You Want to Host A Website, Read These Tips First
By Joseph Robertson
You need to host a website but which type of account to use? There are different types of hosting accounts from shared hosting to a virtual private server or a dedicated server. Not to mention the newer “cloud” hosts which can be part of these and add improved load times and possible increased rankings. Which type you use will depend on how many domains you need to host, the traffic volume (bandwidth) and your budget.
Regardless of which host you choose for your website, you will want dependable (uptime), relatively cheap web hosting with an easy to use control panel and responsive customer tech support. So, pick a good one because it can make all the difference in traffic and revenue (if that’s you goal).
Remember, hosting companies are not equal.
Consider the following when you decide to host a website:
- Is it recommended by others?
- Is it cost effective web hosting?
- Does it have unlimited bandwidth or enough for your traffic?
- Is it fast?
- Is the tech support responsive and knowledgeable?
- Is it reliable with 99.9% uptime?
- Does it allow add-on domain names?
- Does it have unlimited email accounts?
- Does it have website building tools like Fantastico for WordPress?
The types of accounts you can use to host a website:
Free Hosting Accounts – Free is not “free” in the hosting world. The will have banner ads and even worse pop-up ads where you give up revenue to the host provider. You also sacrifice the support of a paid hosting company along with the flexibility and options for the type of site you host. If you do go this route, remember you are not allowed to complain about the poor load times of the site and frequent down-time.
Shared Hosting – This is the most common type of paid hosting and for most people the best solution when they want to host a website. It is economical while offering all the features needed for a business or personal blog. Your site is “sharing” the resources of the server with many other websites.
VPS Hosting – This is a “Virtual Private Server” and as the name implies the hosting company partitions a portion of the server for you alone. The web hosting company then allocates resources to you. The performance is better and more reliable and where and when your internet business grows, this may be a good solution.
Reseller Hosting – An account that can be used with Shared or Virtual plans where you are able to create separate Control Panels for each domain. These can then be sold to others that want to host a website and you charge them a monthly fee. Often these are used not to “resell” but simply add a little more control, where bandwidth and storage can be allocated to each domain.
Dedicated Hosting – This is where you have a dedicated server and only your domains are on that one server. It could a managed service or one where you choose and install the operating system, software, email client and so on. Because you have the most control here, you will need to know what you are doing. The cost is very high and unless you are running a business that requires this level, better to use Shared or VPS hosting. If you just need to host a website, this may be overkill.
Conclusion: Free is not free and the best solution for most people wanting to host a website is one of the Shared Hosting plans from a reliable company with excellent support. Be sure to read the other articles on how to host a website.
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