If you own a business, you need to answer this important question: Does your company have a website? If it doesn't, it ought to. Naturally, online businesses require websites for marketing and selling products or services by definition, but even local brick-and-mortar business need to be discoverable via the web. Word of mouth only gets you so f...
If you own a business, you need to answer this important question: Does your company have a website? If it doesn't, it ought to. Naturally, online businesses require websites for marketing and selling products or services by definition, but even local brick-and-mortar business need to be discoverable via the web. Word of mouth only gets you so far in this internet-centric age. These days, people discover new businesses—even local business—via Bing, Google, and Yahoo, search engines that make it incredibly simple to find companies' products, operational hours, and prices. If your business doesn't appear in the search results, especially on the first page, it'll be difficult for potential clients and customers to find you. In other words, no website, no money. You do not want that. Of course, web hosting isn't just for businesses. You may want to host a personal website for many reasons.
Either way, the first step in building your online presence is finding a web host, the company that will store your website's files on its servers and deliver them to your readers' and customers' browsers. Web hosting services offer varying amounts of monthly data transfers, storage, email, and other features. Even how you pay (month-to-month payments vs. annual payments) can be radically different, too, so taking the time to plot exactly what your company needs for online success is essential.
You should also familiarize yourself with the many web hosting tiers that are available. In your research, you'll find shared, virtual private server (VPS) and dedicated hosting plans. Each tier offers different specs and features that you should take the time to analyze.
What Is Shared Web Hosting?
Shared hosting is web hosting in which the provider houses multiple sites on a single server. For example, Site A shares the same server with Site B, Site C, Site D, and Site E. The upside is that the multiple sites share the server cost, so shared web hosting is generally very inexpensive. In fact, you can find an option for less than $10 per month.
VPS Hosting is similar to shared hosting in that multiple sites share the same server, but the similarities end there. A dedicated web host houses less sites per server than shared hosting, and each site has its own individual resources.
As a result, Site A's traffic surge won't impact Site B or Site C. As you'd expect, VPS hosting costs more than shared hosting. You'll pay roughly $20 to $60 per month.