Almost everything is now being done online. A good online presence will make it possible to reach others in ways that were impossible in the past. The benefits of having a website are there for all to see.

Whether you hire someone to build the site for you or build it on your own, you will need a web host to have it published. You need to know the following about hosting:

Hosting Options

Web hosting companies are businesses that offer space on their servers for you to store the website. They also provide the connection needed for web users to access and make use of your website. The server can, therefore, be a computer software or machine acting as a giant highway interchange for computers spread across the globe.

A website will typically contain videos, images, files, texts, and much more information. The hosting provider will carry and manage all this data. Hosting companies provide many options. Each option has its set of pros and cons, and attention to detail is therefore required before making a decision.

1. Shared Hosting

It is one of the most popular types of web hosting available and ideal for people with a tight budget, and who have limited technical knowledge. The hosting company will provide management for:

  • Software required to keep your site running
  • Hardware
  • Script language

Your site will be sharing the server with many other websites. This can cause it to load at a slow pace. Its primary advantage is the fact that it is relatively cheaper.

2. Dedicated Hosting

It is more expensive than the shared hosting. Dedicated hosting means that your website will be the only one in that server. You will, therefore, have more technical control over the site.

You also get to run broad software ranges on that site. Visitors to your website will experience little or no downtime at all. It is recommended for sites expected to receive many visitors a day.

3. VPS (Virtual Private Server) Hosting

This is a crossbreed between dedicated and shared hosting. The site will share a server with many other websites, but the number of sites will be much less in VPS hosting. The server will also be split into virtual servers.

Each virtual server will then operate as a dedicated host for each website. VPS hosting has extended its popularity in the recent past. It is also much cheaper than dedicated hosting.

It is possible to host your site from home, but you are likely to face some difficulties. For instance, you may lack enough bandwidth to run the site and access the internet.


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