Chosing a hosting provider

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home-office-599475_640If you are creating a website then one thing you are definitely going to need is website hosting. It doesn’t matter whether you are building a personal site to showcase a hobby or a professional website that you are creating for a client, hosting will always be required once you actually publish the website.

Of course you may be outsourcing this hosting to another company who will take care of all the details, but it is much more cost effective to set up hosting yourself – and it’s not as difficult as you may think.

There really are hundreds if not thousands of website hosting providers out there, they all charge different prices and they all have different offerings.

Sometimes this can make choosing a web host very difficult and confusing, but there are some general rules that you can follow in order to make the process much easier.

Location

map-525349_640There are many hosting providers from all over the world that will offer their services internationally. It isn’t always necessary to choose a host in the same country as you but it will help in terms of support and also speed – assuming that most of your traffic is also going to come from the same country within which you reside.

Because of this, it’s a good idea to try and narrow down your search to hosting providers that have a presence in your country of residence.

Hosting type

Different hosting providers offer different types of hosting which are normally classed by a couple of different types including shared, VPS and dedicated servers.

These types of hosting really determine the power that you will have at your disposal. As a general rule, small singular websites will only require shared hosting – which is essentially a server shared by many users – large websites that have high volumes of traffic will often require a VPS (virtual private server) or even a dedicated server to0 handle the traffic and remain fast and responsive. If you are a website designer or reseller of hosting services then you can often also find providers who offer reseller packages.

Resources

Most providers will also offer different resources in terms of RAM, CPU, space and also the number of websites that can be hosted on a single account. These figures can be important depending what you are planning to do with the hosting account, how many websites you plan to host and how many visitors you estimate the site(s) will receive.

Features

wordpress-589121_640Lastly but probably most important is the feature list. Depending what type of site you are hosting and what you are trying to achieve in general, you will need different features. Some common features to look out for are website hosting itself, email hosting if required and also database hosting – for example, if you are planning to host a WordPress site then you will need a MySQL database.

Once you have a rough idea of the features and type of hosting that you need then you can start looking for the right web host that ticks those boxes and also offers the service at a competitive price.

For additional information and a list of popular hosting services along with user reviews, visit: https://www.ncmonline.com/web-hosting-reviews.


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