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The Host with the Most: Why you need a web host

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WHAT IS WEB HOSTING?

Web hosting is a service that allows you to post a website onto the Internet.  A web host is a company that provides Internet space and connectivity. It allows you to  remotely lease/purchase web servers to use for your website. It basically acts as a liaison between your site and the web. You’ve probably seen ads all over for hosts like GoDaddy, HostGator, DreamHost, Bluehost, and more.

WHAT THE HECK IS A WEB SERVER?

A web server is a computer that uses HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) to deliver web pages to users. For someone to view your site, all they have to do is type in your domain (website address) into their browser. This sends the info to the server that they are connecting to your website, and it will then display your web pages on their browser.

TYPES OF WEB HOSTING

SHARED HOSTING

  • Cheap
  • Easy to use
  • Maintenance provided by hosting service
  • Fewer options and flexibility
  • Connection can be slow due to amount of sites on the hosting service

VIRTUAL PRIVATE SERVERS

  • Quick to set up
  • Easy to upgrade
  • Requires more knowledge than with shared hosting
  • Connection can be slow due to amount of pages

DEDICATED HOSTING

  • Large amount of disk space and bandwidth
  • 100% administrative access and flexibility
  • Most expensive
  • Requires high levels of knowledge

WHAT WEB HOST SHOULD YOU USE?

As a Web Developer, I’ve had experience with a bunch of hosts and have my own opinions on each of them. After a while, I was getting flustered with the cons of each of these top hosts:

GoDaddy
Pros: Easy to setup, decent technical support, mostly affordable
Cons: Server maintenance happens frequently slowing or causing website issues often
HostGator
Pros: Cheapest host out there
Cons: Terrible technical support, Low amount of space doled out for each website to start
DreamHost
Pros: Easy to setup, A large amount of space for websites, friendly customer service
Cons: On the expensive end
Bluehost
Pros: Affordable, Very easy to use for non-developers
Cons: Server maintenance happens frequently slowing or causing website issues often

So I took things into my owns hands and became a host myself. My dedicated hosting services are $10/month or $100/year. You can lean more about it here. My servers are in Lansing, Michigan and are lightening fast! I picked them after 2 years of being very picky on what servers I would use to host unlimited clients.

 

2 thoughts on “The Host with the Most: Why you need a web host

  1. Thanks for the great tips! I do have a question however that I think you could probably answer.
    I was wondering, When you do a mockup design for a responsive
    website, do you do a mockup for every possible
    screen sizes? Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Hi FingerprintMarketing.com! Great question! I always make sure during the concept phase that clients can see a Desktop, Tablet, and mobile phone view of their concepts before development. It’s really handy for them and makes it so there is no surprises for both of us!

      – Jacquelyn
      Owner of 8 Create

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