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.