What is website hosting?
Website hosting is making sure your website is visible to the public. This is achieved by using a company who provides hosting service. There are many companies who provide website hosting products, but not all are the same. If you are based in the UK then look for website hosting in the UK. The reason for this is that your servers will be more optimised to server your UK based customers.
Every website requires website hosting in order for it to be viewable to the World Wide Web, we are taking about being visible on search engines such as Google, Bing and others. Your business can also get web hosting on Google. If you are looking at hosting with any provider you much look at a number of points which we will try and highlight for you, to ensure you get the best solution for your business.
What is the cost for website hosting?
The cost of hosting a website varies from provider to provider. There are people who look for ‘Free Website Hosting’, as we know nothing comes for free. Many people without really knowing think it’s all about price and look for cheap web hosting and domains to register. I would say looking at just price will be the worst thing you can do when trying to look at hosting your website. There are many factors you need to consider when looking at the cost for website hosting. These are
The space you get – how much web hosting space is given to you; some web hosting providers may give the offer of unlimited space, and this will be an indicator that the server performance will be poor.
Memory – A web server memory is very important as effectively a website server is like your pc or laptop and the more memory it has the more traffic and tasks it can handle. So just like your computer if it runs out of memory with loads of applications running at the same time so will your web server. This means if you opt for a cheap web hosting solution with low memory then when you get more customers accessing your website at the same time it is likely that some will see error messages instead of your website. This in turn will cause customer loss.
Disk Speeds – Again this is hardware based and opting for web hosting which has faster disk speed will give your customers a better experience when they visit your website.
Email – Your email is connected to your domain name, so for example if someone sends an email to firstname.lastname@example.org then you will get this in your inbox.
Generally speaking you have the main hosts, but they all seem to pip for first place by offering cheap web hosting and domains and this is not always the case as you need to check all the small print. Why? Well some may give you something fo 99p but when you come to renew the next year and your website is all up and running they can charge extortionate amounts.