It’s your dream to build a beautiful home. A beautiful name has already been chosen for the home. What the design will be and where the furniture will be kept is also planned. Now a piece of land is needed to build the house.
Here, if we compare the website to home, then the name is its domain. The outlook of the website is design. And the furniture is its content.
Now we need a piece of virtual space to keep this website online. In the terminology of the Internet, this virtual space is hosting.
The performance of a website depends largely on its hosting. So choosing the right hosting for the website is very important.
In this article, I’ll discuss in detail how to choose the best hosting package and company for a blog or website. Let’s have a look at what is in the whole discussion.
Before going into the main discussion, you need to have an idea about what is hosting, why hosting is needed, and how does the hosting work.
What web hosting actually is?
Hosting or web hosting is a virtual place online, where everything (design, content, etc.) of your website is stored. From here, data is displayed in the browser based on user requests.
If the domain is your website address, web hosting is the actual form of that address.
Suppose your home address is “Banik Bari, Dhaka – 1219″. Now the actual presence of your home at this address is hosting.
Why hosting is needed?
To understand why it is needed, you must first know what it does.
The main task of web hosting is to host all the data and content of your website online. And sending the correct information to the browser by verifying a user’s request.
That is, you must have a hosting to keep your website up and running online.
How does web hosting work?
A website is basically a combination of domain, hosting and some files (code, image, text etc.).
When we visit a link using a browser, it sends a request to the Global Network Server. This Global Network Server then checks the DNS of the domain associated with that link. And forwards the request to its hosting server.
The hosting server then checks the IP address of that domain and finds the correct information and sends it to the user’s browser. And this is how we see the information in a link in the browser.
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We can host websites by setting up our own hosting servers. However, this process is quite expensive. In addition, skilled manpower is required for server maintenance. The biggest advantage of this method is that the complete control and security of the server have in our hands.
The easiest and most convenient way to host a website is to rent space from a hosting service company. We see basically two types of web hosting services.
There is no cost to use such hosting services. However, service providers may have their own conditions. Such as:
1. Sub-domain: In this case, the company will provide you a free sub-domain. You can run and manage your blog under that sub-domain.
If you want to use your own domain, you need to subscribe to them. That is, a certain amount of money has to be paid at the monthly or annual rate.
2. Sponsorship: In this case, you can use your own domain. However, hosting companies will display their branding and advertising on your website.
Also, some companies provide free hosting for a limited time or resources without any branding or something else. So that you can verify their quality using their services.
Who is Free Hosting for?
Advantages of Free Hosting
Disadvantages of Free Hosting
You can use free hosting to get a basic idea about the hosting panel and its usage. There is advice not to use Free Hosting for other purposes.
These are professional quality hosting. You must pay a certain amount of money for a certain period of time (months, years, etc.) to take this service. Most blogs and websites in the world use paid hosting services.
Professional hosting companies offer different types of hosting plans to the customers according to the type of work and needs. Notable among these are:
In this method, many websites share the space and other resources of a hosting server. This method is the most popular and most used in the world.
Suppose, you are living in a rental house with some of your friends. Here you and every one of your friends is a website. And the room you are staying in is shared hosting.
Who is Shared Hosting for?
Advantages of Shared Hosting
Disadvantages of Shared Hosting
VPS (Virtual Private Server) is the upper step of the shared hosting. In this method, a portion of the core server resources will be allocated for your website. Which will not be shared with other websites.
Suppose, you rented a flat in a building alone. You can use everything you have in this flat alone. No need to share with anyone else. Here the whole flat can be imagined as a Virtual Private Server (VPS).
Here also the main server has to be shared with other websites. However, the number of websites here is very low.
Example: If we consider a building as the main server, then each flat in that building is individually a VPS.
In the case of VPS, the main server is basically converted to some virtual server.
Who is VPS Hosting for?
Advantages of VPS Hosting
Disadvantages of VPS Hosting
In the case of dedicated hosting, a separate server will be set up for you. No other websites will be hosted here. That is, all resources on the entire server will be used by you alone.
Suppose, you build a house for yourself with a real estate company. Now the whole ownership of this entire home is yours.
Who is Dedicated Hosting for?
Advantages of Dedicated Hosting
Disadvantages of Dedicated Hosting
This is a new concept of web hosting service. In this method, the data of the website is stored in different places of the world by making different data centers instead of a server. Data from the original server is copied to each data center. So that the data can be sent to the browser very quickly according to the user requests from the nearest data center of that user.
For example, imagine a Brand Shop which has branches in different locations. Sending goods from the nearest branch will take less time than other branches. It’s not rocket science to understand. Right?
Who is Cloud Hosting for?
Advantages of Cloud Hosting
Disadvantages of Cloud Hosting
It is basically a web server specifically optimized for WordPress. There are usually two types of WordPress Hosting.
Who is WordPress Hosting for?
Advantages of WordPress Hosting
Disadvantages of WordPress Hosting
This plan is definitely not for everyone. Reseller hosting is for those who want to start a hosting business without setting up their own server.
In the reseller package, you will have your own control panel. You can determine the new hosting packages, spaces, and prices by using this control panel. In a word, there will be all the benefits of doing hosting business.
Who is Reseller Hosting for?
Advantages of Reseller Hosting
Disadvantages of Reseller Hosting
The answer to this question will be different depending on your need and the type of your website. It all depends on the type of website you have, the number of resources you want to use, the traffic, and the budget of your website.
I have tried to give a basic idea about each plan above. If necessary, read it again and decide.
Before buying hosting, you have to know what you need. You need to choose the right hosting package according to your website or business. Renting more resources rather than you need can cost you more. On the other hand, if you rent fewer resources rather than you need can hamper your website performance.
I am discussing here, what should we consider when buying a Shared Hosting package. These issues will also prevail in other plans.
Purchase Price vs Renewal Price
When buying hosting, you must check how much will it charge to renew. Most of the companies offer discounts for a first-time purchase. So that you can check the quality by using their service at a nominal price.
So figure out if the renewal price will exceed your budget.
Hosting companies offer multiple packages of the same plan. Some additional benefits are added according to the package. So choose the right package according to your needs.
There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a package.
cPanel is your hosting control pane. It is the most popular Shared Hosting package. It is easy to use too.
You need to know what benefits the company is offering to the cPanel. Here are some common points:
You can get an idea about their support team by contacting them via the mail and talking directly over the phone before buying the hosting.
If the number of users increases, the package may need to be upgraded at any time. So ask them if there is a facility for package upgrade at any time.
This is an important issue. Because, if their service is bad, you may need to transfer the website to another company at any time.
So before taking the service, you will know if there is a money-back guarantee.
The best way to know about an organization is Forums. You can search online and get an idea about the organization from different forums before buying the hosting.
In this section, I am going to show you a step-by-step tutorial on how to buy a shared hosting package. I am using Bluehost as a Hosting Provider. You can use the services of any company of your choice. The common steps of every company are almost the same.
If everything is okay, all payment and hosting information will be notified by email.
There may have some common questions about the hosting from the newbie. I am answering some of the guessing questions in this section.
In this article, I have tried to highlight as much as I know about hosting. You can express your opinion in the comment box.