As a professional web designer and developer, I always ask clients if they have a preferred hosting in their mind or not! We all know in today’s era websites are important for our business. So, it’s not enough to have a good looking website but it needs to be fast, stable and secure. And all these things depend on the host of the website. If the host is not reliable then you could end up losing the key opportunity for your business. So, it’s one of the most important to select the right web host for your website. In this blog I will discuss what is the Host of a website, How to select the best host for your website and also different host providers.
Web host is a service provider that gives you a space for your website on the internet to store all the data. When we create a website we need some space to store all the data of the website like images, video and content. So, this is where the web host comes in the picture. Our host is like a big computer where we can get some space to store our data for a website. When some types our website name it will directly point out to the web host and then the host will make them appear on your screen. There are many different types of host service providers in the market, well we will see about them later on this blog. For now, we understand what the host is and what they will do.
Website performances not only have an impact on visitors but also have an impact on your search engine rankings because website speed is one of the factors that search engines use for ranking. So, if your website is slow, they will rank you lower than your competitor who has fast websites. Third is reliability. Your host must be reliable means there is no downtime for the website. Host must be up and running all the time actively. There is no time for the host to stop for a second. If your website will be off for a single minute then it might be a chance of losing business. So, select the host that is right for your website and business.
When we select a web host there are many factors that need to be considered but the most important thing is your need. Every business and website has their own preference and requirement. So the Host requirement is also different. If you are just starting the business and creating a website for the first time then shared hosting is more than likely to be the best option. It’s affordable and perfect for small businesses and personal websites. If your website contains or expects heavy traffic then you need a VPS or dedicated server. If you are in the business that contains secure information websites like banking websites then you need a very secure and fast web host with a dedicated server.
Some websites need only speed rather than security then they can also select a web host likely. So based on your requirement and importance you can select the host. Make sure the provider has a good reputation and that they offer all of the features that you need, including a cPanel, unlimited storage space and bandwidth, SSL certification, domain management tools and more. For example, if your website is in wordpress then it’s reliable to select a host that provides a wordpress feature. Another important factor to select a web host is their support. Because if our website goes down then we need good support from the host to make it live again. If Host Company don’t provide good support then we repay with our time and also lost key opportunity for business as our website goes down for a long time.
There are so many factors to look but here I list out the factors that are common for all businesses and websites: