How to choose the right hosting plan for you
Are you building a website at the moment? Or maybe you’ve been managing a site for the last few years? Either way, there will be one element of website management that you cannot avoid - hosting.
If you’re just starting out on your webmaster journey, then there’s a lot of new information to get to grips with in a short amount of time. For people with no experience, discovering how to choose the right hosting plan can be extremely difficult. To begin with, just understanding what hosting is can be slightly confusing. That’s why this article has been written, to provide you with more information about what hosting is and how to choose the right hosting plan for you.
So if you are looking to buy hosting for the first time or if you are unsure if you have the right hosting package at the moment, read on below to learn more about hosting.
What is hosting?
Hosting is what allows your site to be visible and present on the internet. By buying a hosting package, you are securing the services of a company that will ensure your website has a space to be visible online. There are multiple types of hosting available, each are suited to different sized websites that have different usages and resource requirements. Some of the most common types of hosting are shared, VPS, and dedicated servers, in both managed and unmanaged formats.
How does hosting work?
Websites are based on the internet, which is how you are reading this article. For a website to perform and look the way it does, it has to be written in code. Computers are able to turn this code into the visual layouts and structuring that we see when we visit a website.
Every website is made up of pages of code. But for them to be visible on the internet, it has to be stored on servers, so that other people can access the information as well. Servers are very powerful computers that store lots of websites’ data. By hosting your website within a server, people are able to get the required information for your website to render properly. If people were to request all the information from your personal computer, it would likely struggle with the amount of processing required of it. A hosting package essentially gives you space on a server.
When a person visits a website, their computer sends a request for the information and code about the website to the server that is storing it. The server then responds with the required elements of code. This code is then rendered in the user’s browser to be viewed.
What is the right hosting plan for you?
It’s important to get the right hosting for your website’s requirements. If you get the wrong package, you could be paying way too much money for the amount of resources you use. Or, on the other side of things, you could not be getting enough resources and your site will not run properly at all. Below are some of the most common types of hosting to look into.
Shared hosting is the entry level hosting service. It is great for small businesses and websites just starting out. Shared hosting means that your site is hosted on a server alongside multiple other websites. All the websites on this server share the resources that are available. One downside to this is that if another website is requiring a lot of resources, your site might not be getting all of the ones that it needs and performance could be impacted. However shared hosting is often limited to sites that have a lower demand and for the significantly cheaper running costs, shared hosting is a fantastic option for smaller sites.
VPS hosting is the next stage up from shared hosting in terms of resource and cost allocation. VPS stands for virtual private server. Your website is stored on a server with other websites, however, it has a specific amount of resources allocated to it. No other website has access to your resources and you don’t have access to another website’s resources.
Dedicated server hosting is for sites with large amounts of traffic and a big requirement on resources. With this type of hosting, your site is the only one that is hosted on a particular server. The entire resources of the server are dedicated to running your site. This is the most expensive package on offer, as such it also offers the best performance.
Finding the right hosting package really depends on understanding what your website needs to perform correctly and how much you can pay for that to happen. Understanding this will make it much easier to find the web hosting package that is right for you.
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