Web Hosting

The Importance of Good Web Hosting

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Every time you build a website, that will create a number of files. Without a server, those
files will actually be offline and cannot be accessed by anyone over the internet.
That is why web hosting is important because a web host is one that will be able to lend
you some of their servers to help ‘host’ your website- making it accessible to online
users.

A web hosting company is essentially a business entity that owns a data center that
houses many servers to cater to its customers’ web hosting needs.
So, for anyone who is planning to put up a website of their own, a web hosting company
is important.
Today, I am going to talk about the different things that make web hosting crucial for all
website owners.

Different Types of Hosting

There are three different web hosting plans that are offered by hosting providers.
Shared hosting is the most popular one since it is also the most inexpensive. The
reason why it is called ‘shared’ hosting is due to the fact that your website will be placed
in a single server along with other websites and you’re going to have to share the
server’s resources with them.

VPS hosting is another popular hosting plan and it helps address some concerns about
shared hosting, especially with regards to server resources. You are still going to be
placed in a single server along with other websites but the hosting company will create
a virtual private server (hence, the name of the said hosting plan) that is solely for your
own website’s use. This is a bit more expensive than shared hosting but not as
expensive as the last type of hosting plan.
Dedicated hosting is basically renting an entire server computer that you can use
entirely for your own website. Because of this, this type of hosting is also the most
expensive.

Important Things to Look for in a Web Host

Of course, there are qualities that will make a hosting provider become much more
appealing than others. Here are some of the most important things to look for in a web
host:

1. Email Service

Since you are basically registering your domain in a web hosting company, you want to
get an email service all to yourself. What this means is that the domain URL of your
email will be the name of your domain and not something like gmail or Hotmail, for
example.

2. Server Uptime/Reliability

Server downtime happens when a server just fails- either due to a scheduled
maintenance of an overload like a DDoS attack. This is something that you want to take
into consideration because, in the event that a server goes down (which happens to
store your website’s files), your website will go down as well. It will only be restored
once the hosting company resolves the issue/s.

3. Service Scalability

Website owners typically do not know exactly how much bandwidth or storage their
website needs that is why a good hosting company is one that is able to provide service
scalability.
For those of you who do not know, service scalability is where the hosting company is
able to provide you with additional resources (bandwidth being a good example)
whenever you need it and scale back down to your regular plan when the internet traffic
subsides.