Web hosting is a service that provides storage space for your website files and access to your website from the Internet. Choosing a reliable web hosting company with close to 24/7 guaranteed uptime allows your visitors to access your website frequently. Web hosting data centers, which house many computer servers, are often located in areas where natural disasters and severe weather are uncommon to avoid disruptions with your website due to natural causes. Web hosting servers are usually connected to the World Wide Web via fiber optic or other high speed cabling, allowing your website files to be viewed, uploaded, and downloaded quickly. Web hosting providers generally offer technical support to help with server-related issues that may arise.
Web hosting companies typically offer several hosting plans with different features and prices.
- Shared Hosting – These plans are cost-effective, but your website will be on a server that is shared by many websites owned by other people. Every website on the server competes for server resources and can cause your website to load slowly. Web hosting companies typically monitor each website’s demand on a shared server to ensure that no website is hogging the server resources.
- Virtual Private Server Hosting – One step up from shared hosting, virtual private servers (VPS) are technically shared by more than one client, but each VPS runs on its own operating system, has its own dedicated RAM, and can be restarted at any time.
- Dedicated Hosting – Dedicated hosting plans are the most expensive type of hosting, but they are necessary if you have many websites or your website requires a lot of bandwidth or heavy database interaction. With dedicated hosting, you can rest assured that only your website(s) are using your server’s resources.
Determining your website hosting needs can be confusing, especially if you are new to owning a website. We can help you choose a hosting plan that best suits your needs.
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