Lesson 13: How to Choose a Hosting Service

Hosting service is like a house where you can store all your stuff: images, HTML, videos, etc. It is a big server where your website is placed. There is a wide range of factors that a website owner has to take into account. We are going to create an informational website, so I will focus your attention on the most appropriate options. 

  1. Different types of hosting servers.
Lesson 13: How to Choose a Hosting Service

There are three main types: shared, dedicated, and VPS. I recommend you, in the first instance, to decide on shared hosting. There your website will be placed on the same server with other websites. This is the best options for websites with less than 30,000 monthly visitors. The price can vary from $3 to $10 per month. The most well-known host is Bluehost

Dedicated hosting is intended for your site only if you are expecting more than 100,000 monthly visitors. For this type, you will pay from $60 to $2,000 per month. 

In virtual private server hosting your website is renting space from multiple virtual servers in the Cloud. The great thing about VPS is that these hosts usually charge by the hour and only for the resources you really use. The price is about $15 – $50 per month. 

2. Uptime Rates of a Hosting Service

Lesson 13: How to Choose a Hosting Service
Average web hosting uptime throughout 2018/hostingfacts.com

As you well know, time is money. If your website is inaccessible even a few seconds, you may lose hundreds of potential visitors. Because of this, you need to pay attention to this factor. Most web hosting services guarantee a certain amount of uptime. Some of them even ready to return money if they have failed promised uptime. 

Above you can find a table with the best web hosting services. Those of them marked with an asterisk come with an uptime guarantee and you can ask your money back.

3. Support and Security

If you are a complete novice in digital worlds, no doubt you will have a lot of questions. I suggest you choose a provider that offers 24/7 support. In this case, whether you have a question or technical help, customer service is always nearby. 

Security of the website is another important thing you should take care of. Be sure to look for hosts that provide monitoring services. firewalls, and add-ons. Automatic backups are also important.

For beginners, it’s better to start with a low cost shared hosting. Later you can easily change a plan or transfer your website to another one. If I were you, I would choose Bluehost. However, there are some other nice hosts such as HostGator, GoDaddy or Name.com.

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