Web Hosting and How It Works

Weather you have an existing website or not, hosting is confusing!  There are so many options, so many different types of services and add-ons.  How do you know which plan is best for you?  In this article, I will explain the differences of most major hosting packages and their services providers.  I will mainly focus on GoDaddy hosting services, as I utilize their services to manage my websites and hosting options.  As a GoDaddy Reseller, this offers me the ability to manage, update, upgrade my sites with ease, and keep all my clients in one location for faster support and guaranteed up time.

Just with that first paragraph, you are probably already overwhelmed with anything that has to do with hosting.  It is my goal to make this as simple as possible.  Comment below if you’d like to know more about a specific product or service, or if you would like to contribute to this article.

Let’s start with the basics

Hosting is required in order to have your website visible to the public online.  There are several hosting companies out there, and all have the pros and cons.  Depending on the type of website you are producing, you will need to consider a few things to guarantee a successful website launch.  When developing a website you’ll need to consider the following:

  • How many visitors do you predict for each day/week/month
  • How much storage do you require (Consider video, pictures, music, files for download)
  • Does your site need security (SSL)
  • Do you plan to have more than one website
  • Will your site integrate with other services

These and many other considerations should happen prior to purchasing a hosting account.  If you purchase a hosting account that does not provide the right services or resources to operate properly, your launch may not be a successful as you want it to be.  Knowing the requirements your hosting package needs to meet is extremely important for your website’s overall success.

Most websites can operate on a Linux cPanel hosting account.  This is probably one of the most common and widely known hosting platforms available.  The service has a range of options to allow your website to scale with you over time.  There are also several automated solutions in these packages that allow for additional add-ons to aid in your sites success.

Hosting packages vary in price depending on the level of security and resources you require to operate.  If your website is a simple blogging site with little user interaction, a basic package is all your site requires.  HOWEVER, it is important to note that not all packages support a WordPress CMS installation.  Be sure to speak with a sales rep to confirm the package will support your needs.

To get a general overview of price and quality of service, check out this article by Top10websitehosting.com.  They do a great job of simplifying the comparisons.

Does your website require more than it is currently receiving?  Are you paying too much for hosting and could simplify your plan and get the same performance?  If you’re interested in diving into this in more detail, reach out.  We can perform a hosting services audit, and find out if you’re getting the most out of your hosting.  Contact me today!