All About Web Hosting

  • Thursday, 08 September 2011 18:40
  • Education

Web hosting is like a storage unit for your website.

What is Web Hosting?

People ask me this question all the time. It can be a hard concept to understand so let’s compare web hosting to something simple.

Web hosting is like a storage unit. With a typical storage unit, you fill it with your personal belongings. You rent the unit from a company that promises to keep your belongings safe and secure. Website hosting is similar, it is your online storage unit. You fill it with your belongings such as your website files. Each time someone visits your domain name (www.yourname.com), the contents of your online storage unit are displayed online. A website hosting company makes it possible for your website to be accessible 24/7 online.

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How Do I Choose a Good Hosting Provider?

There are several things to look for in a good website hosting company.

Reliability & Uptime

At certain times, a website hosting company may encounter problems or need to make upgrades to their servers. If handled wrong, these situations can cause your website to be unavailable online for periods of time. It is crutial to use website hosting companies that guarantee at least 99.9% uptime. Hosting companies should have backups of their servers and generators to protect against power loss.

Email Hosting

Email hosting should be included in the price of your web hosting. This allows you to have email addresses with the same address as your domain name, such as This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Emails addresses that include your domain name help professionalize your company and advertise your website.

Control Panel Access

Control Panel Access is extremely helpful. It allows you to manage parts of your hosting on your own. They eliminate the need to contact your hosting company every time you need something. Control Panels enable access to the hosting server so you can setup new email addresses and create databases.

FTP Access

FTP (File Transfer Protocal) is how you transfer files back and forth to your online storage unit. After you purchase web hosting, your hosting company will give you a secure login. This FTP information gives you access to your online space. Keep this information in a secure place, web developers will need access to this information to make changes to your website.

Databases

Most hosting companies should include an unlimited amount of databases. Databases are often required to build websites in Content Management Systems such as Joomla, Drupal and WordPress.

Backups

Check with a potential web hosting company and find out who is responsible for backing up the files in your online storage unit. Some companies include this service in your monthly fee. Other companies make it your responsibility to backup your personal files. Backups protect against loss of your important documents and should be handled seriously. For websites that use a database to store information, it is important to backup not only the website files but also the database itself.

How Much Does Web Hosting Cost?

Prices vary widely on website hosting. Most website hosting costs between $5 to $30 per month.

Still Have Questions?

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