Choosing the Best Web Hosting
Web hosting refers to a company that rent out either their servers for you to store your website and, at the same time, provide internet connectivity so that other computers can be able to access to the files on your website. There are four known types of web hosting available: Shared, Virtual Private Server (VPS), Dedicated, and Cloud Hosting. Each differs in terms of storage capacity, control, technical knowledge requirement, server speed, and reliability.
Shared hosting rental cost is low because you share your website with other sites, which could be many. There is also sharing of a common pool of server resources, such as RAM and CPU. So expect that traffic levels run moderate in this type of server and, also, minimum technical knowledge is required. And because of the sharing arrangement, the ability to handle traffic will be limited and site performance, as well, can be affected by other sites.
VPS hosting divides a server into virtual servers such that websites are accommodated on their own server but they're actually sharing their server with other users. The benefit in this type of hosting is that the user may have root access and has a better hosting environment space. However, your website performance can still be affected by other sites that share with you.
In dedicated hosting, you exclusively rent an entire server, meaning that your website is the only website stores on the server. This type of hosting is very expensive, but recommended to those who want a maximum control and expect better server performance.
Cloud hosting is made up of a team of servers, called a cloud, that work together to host a group of websites. Multiple computers work together to handle high traffic for any website member. It is also expensive and do not offer root access.
When you want to select which web host type suits your website, it's best to check on each type online on web hosting for hosting guides, as well as reading the reviews. The best approach is to ask as many questions to get a clear picture of what their services are, their offerings, how they treat customers, and are they trustworthy. So, here possible topics in your questions to ask, so from the answers you'd be getting, you will hopefully have an immediate decision.
Uptime - Find out if there's a guarantee and what is the average month of use.
Data center - find out where is the physical location of the server and, also, if you are given a choice in the location.
Technical support - check if they offer online only or they have an email provision or phone. Also, find out if their technical service is 24/7, like a 24/7 online chat and if their set-up assistance is included with no extra charges.
Server plan - find out if they have payment plans and the terms and fees and if e-commerce included in the plan.
There may be other areas of inquiry which may need verification, but there's no harm in constantly inquiring. But the determining factor is your budget and getting an effective server performance.