Web hosting is an important part of a successful website. Good web hosting will mean your website is available for Internet users all over the world to view with minimal problems. Poor web hosting, though, could cause no end of problems including much downtime.
When deciding which hosting company to go with you will have a choice of whether to go with free hosting or paid hosting. There are many negatives with free hosting. Your site will likely have adverts, your domain name may have the hosting company’s name in it, and there will be many restrictions to your site.
The service is generally much better with paid hosting. Compared to free hosting, paid hosting is much more preferable for business websites; in fact almost essential. You will not be forced into having adverts on your website, and you will be able to choose which, if any, adverts you do have. Unlike free hosting, with paid hosting you will have many different options. The type of hosting you will need will vary greatly depending on your websites requirements. You may have a basic website, or you may have large databases, and different types of media such as videos. The type of hosting will vary based on these requirements. Basic hosting with minimal bandwidth may be all that is required or you may need more advanced packages such as colocation or managed hosting. You might want to take full care of your website yourself or you might want someone else to do it for you. Not surprisingly there is a large difference in price depending on the company and package you go for. Hosting can cost anywhere between £30 a year and thousand of pounds per year. Prices are generally coming down, as an increase in Internet users has produced more competition.
Problems are more likely with free hosting and these problems are less likely to be resolved. Free hosting has a lack of support so issues often remain unresolved for a long period of time. These problems are less likely with paid hosting, and they will be more likely resolved quickly if they do appear. The host will be easily contactable, often offering 24-hour support. So if you notice any problems or just need some assistance you will be able to contact them. There are other extras such as statistics of your visitors that are available with paid hosting. As they are making more of a profit these companies can afford to provide a better service. They will also suffer more if your leave them to take your business elsewhere so they want to provide a service you are happy with.
There are thousands of web hosts to choose from. If you are targeting a particular geographical area (whether an area of a country, a specific country, or a wider area such as all of Europe) it is an advantage to have your website hosted by a company based around the area.
When going for paid hosting it is important to choose the right host. You will need someone who provides everything that you require, but at the same time will not want to pay for services that you do not require.
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