Choosing the Right Web Hosting for Your Needs

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Once you realize you need a website, there are a lot of factors to start thinking about. One of them is choosing which web hosting to use to create your website. 

A website host provides the technology to store the data involved in creating your website. It’s where you’ll upload the code for your site, but note that the people who visit the site will just see the site. The code is vital, but it doesn’t even show to you or your customers. 

When choosing the right web hosting for your needs, you’ll need to make some determinations. 

Know the Type of Hosting You Need

First, learn about the different hosting options and the type of site that the option is good for. Some terms you need to understand are shared hosting, VPS hosting, and dedicated hosting. These are the primary choices you’ll need to make, and it depends on the type of site you have.

  • Shared Hosting – This type of hosting means that your data is stored with other people’s data to save money. It works great for personal sites and even startups, but do be prepared to move your site to VPS or dedicated hosting as a business eventually. You can expect to pay about $5 to $10 a month for shared hosting.
  • VPS Hosting – This type of hosting is very similar to shared hosting; it stands for virtual private server hosting. Sharing a server with other websites, much like a condo owner shares a building with amenities with the other condo dwellers, costs less money, and space is partitioned so that there is more security and speed. You may pay from $20 a month or more for this type of hosting. 
  • Dedicated Hosting – This type of web hosting gives you an entire server that you rent just for your website. This is best for high-traffic sites and e-commerce sites, as well as high-traffic membership sites. You’ll have the best security, the fastest performance, and the most flexibility with this type of hosting. This will cost you a lot more and can be quite expensive, starting at around $125 a month depending on how much space, speed, and security you need.  

Know What Type of Website You’re Going to Build 

Before choosing your web hosting, you need to know the type of site you’re going to build. If it’s a blog or informational website, you can probably get away with a lot less security, space, and speed than a 1000-member club, for example. Follow these guidelines.

  • Blog or Informational Site – Shared hosting 
  • E-Commerce Site – If it’s a small e-commerce site, shared hosting is good. If it’s a large e-commerce site, Dedicated hosting (may be able to start with VPS but ask the provider) may be better.
  • Online Portfolio Site – This will work great with shared hosting, but if you have a lot of images, you may want to consider a VPS with a content delivery network to speed up your site. Beautiful and detailed images have large files and can slow a website down.
  • Personal Site – While you can usually get away with shared hosting, it still depends on how fast and big you want the site to be and how much traffic you expect. Having said that, most people can use shared hosting for their personal sites and blogs. 
  • A Business Site – You can start on shared hosting. Still, if you want lots of traffic, security, features, and flexibility, consider beginning with VPS with the intention of moving to a dedicated server as you grow if your hosting company suggests it for your needs. 

Know the Type of Features You Need 

There are a lot of features that give you the functionality that you may need depending on the type of site you are going to build. Give it some thought before you even look at the choices. Here are some features you may need, but it will of course depend on the site you want to build. 

Potential features you may need:

  • Domain names
  • Email addresses
  • Storage
  • Bandwidth 
  • Data transfer 
  • Uptime rates
  • Reliability 
  • Security 
  • Support
  • Backups
  • Content delivery Networks
  • Builder
  • E-commerce tools
  • Marketing 

You can save some money on these features with free plugins too.

Budgeting for Web hosting

Finally, it’s imperative to understand what your startup budget is so that you can evaluate different companies and features. There are many hosting companies out there to choose from, but finding the right one for your needs will require you to do your due diligence. 

I first went with Bluehost which I still think is great for beginners. Eventually, I went with Siteground, I still use Siteground today. I find that it’s faster than Bluehost, especially after watching a few videos on Youtube on web hosting comparisons. They also have great customer support.

There was a problem though that I had to solve myself, it was about purging the cache or something but I didn’t know that there are more than one areas you would need to do that after making some changes with your website.

Both hosting companies are also very affordable and great for beginner bloggers.

Conclusion

When you’re choosing web hosting, there are a few things you should consider. One is the price. Hosts can range from free to very expensive, and the most important thing is that you find one that fits your budget.

You also need to think about what type of website you want to create. If you want a blog or an informational site, then any host will do.

However, if you want to create a more complex website with e-commerce capabilities or special features, then you may need to look for a host that offers those features.

Finally, make sure to research the company before signing up. Read reviews and compare prices so that you know exactly what you’re getting into.

Once you have chosen a web host, it’s time to start creating your website! This can be done in two ways: by yourself or by hiring someone else to do it for you. If you choose to do it yourself, there are plenty of resources available online, including this guide by Carly of Mommy on Purpose that can walk you through the process step-by-step.

If you choose to hire someone else, make sure they are reputable and have experience building websites using your specific host provider. Whichever route you take, just remember that it takes some time and effort but is definitely worth it in the end!

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