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Web Hosting: What is it and How to choose the best provider?

Posted November 15, 2018

There are a lot of people who think that buying a domain name is sufficient to get a website live. They fail to understand that a domain name is just a name of their website.

In order to get your website active on the internet, you will need to host it on a server offered by a web hosting provider. Now you might be thinking, what is a web hosting? So, let’s get to know it first.

Web hosting. Image credit: kreatikar via Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain

Web hosting. Image credit: kreatikar via Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain

What is Web Hosting?

Web hosting is a service that lets individuals and organizations post a webpage or website on the internet. Web hosting providers or companies offer technologies and services needed for a website to be viewed on the internet.

Websites are stored on a special computer known as Server. When a user wants to visit your site, he will type your website’s domain name into his browser. Then his computer will connect to your server and your site will be delivered to him via a browser.

I guess you are enough aware of how does web hosting work now. Let’s find out how to choose a reliable, powerful yet cheap web hosting provider.

How to Choose the Best Web Hosting Provider

Before we tell you how to choose the best web hosting provider, we would like you to take a look ill-effects of choosing a wrong web host.

With a poor web hosting service, you often encounter issues like too much downtime, poor customer service, poor security, fewer features and slow load times.

According to James Lyne (Forbes contributor), each day more than 30,000 websites are being hacked. In the past few years, even top brands such as Home Depot, BlueCross BlueShield, etc. have been hacked.

Although there is no ideal solution to avoid hacking, a reliable hosting provider can perform regular backups for your data and offer protection against security breaches.

Now, let’s see how to choose a reliable hosting provider.

1. Consider Your Specific Requirements

It will help you narrow down your options. If you are planning to build a blog that will contain videos, you will need more features from your hosting providers for sure.

Websites that are content-rich and get a lot of traffic always need a powerful hosting environment such as VPS hosting, Cloud hosting or dedicated hosting.

On the other hand, Shared hosting is an ideal choice for websites that have a limited amount of traffic.

You should consider the following things in advance:

-Type of website you want to create.

-The traffic you’re expecting to get each month.

-Technical requirements of your site.

2. Go Through Web Hosting Reviews

It is important that you make research about your preferred web hosting company. And reading web reviews about them is a good way to do that. It will help you discover any persistent complaints or issues from existing and past users.

It is advisable to refer to trustworthy hosting review websites only.

3. Test Customer Support

When searching for a web hosting company, don’t forget to take a look at ways to access their customer support. Find out, if you’re able to contact their support team via online chat, phone support, and email. Make sure, you’re getting support 24/7, all seven days of the week.

4. Look for Security Features

Always make sure that your hosting provider offers important security features such as SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate, data backup, protection against virus and spam emails.

5. Know the Backup Plan

God forbid you ever lose your website’s data. However, your hosting provider should offer you a backup plan to help you recover just in case. Ask it in the advance, and if you’re not satisfied with their answers, switch to another better option.

Final Words

Your website helps you build a strong credibility as a business. In fact, it is a virtual storefront for your business. Therefore, you should not leave any stone unturned to get a reliable hosting provider for your site.

We hope, this post gives you a good knowledge on what a web hosting is, and how to choose the best hosting provider.


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