When it comes to building a website for your business, something that can be overlooked is the need to choose the right web host provider. This can be problematic if you don’t do your research, as the world is web hosting can be confusing. If you don’t make smart decisions early on, you could waste your money.
There is a lot of elements to consider when choosing a web host provider. Before you make a decision, there are a few things you should familiarise yourself with about your website. These include the design of your site, site usage, site size, bandwidth, server location, disk space and site support. Looking at all of these factors you can choose a web host provider that can handle your site and is cost-efficient.
There are hundreds of web host providers out there, but there are common types.
5 Common Web Host Types
1. Shared Hosting
Shared hosting is ideal for small-scale websites and online projects, such as personal sites and blogs that are built in WordPress and other popular Content Management Systems. This type of hosting is the cheapest option because you share the storage space and bandwidth with other small websites.
The only issue with shared hosting is if your website grows; shared hosting will not be able to cater to larger-size websites, meaning your site won’t perform well. Therefore, it is advised that businesses stay away from shared hosting, as it isn’t cost-efficient or smart in terms of future growth. (And, of course, you will want your business to grow.) This way you can save money on switching to a different web host.
2. Dedicated Server Hosting
Dedicated server hosting is perfect for e-commerce businesses – businesses who have a large budget and can afford their own web server to ensure excellent site performance.
A downside to dedicated server hosting is that it has a larger carbon footprint, and this is an issue in this eco-conscious digital age. But, no fear. There are greener web hosting options, too.
3. VPS Hosting (aka Virtual Private Server Hosting)
VPS hosting sits somewhere between dedicated server hosting and shared hosting. It is cheaper than dedicated server hosting and offers more storage space than shared hosting (though not unlimited).
VPS hosting may suit your business if it’s not e-commerce, rather a platform to share your contact details and news updates.
4. Reseller Hosting
Reseller hosting is ideal if you are a web development agency. This is because you are able to pass the service onto others. So, agencies and companies who develop websites will have Reseller Hosting so they can offer it to the clients they are designing sites for.
5. Cloud Hosting
Cloud hosting is a smart option that allows you to upgrade or downgrade your plan according to the current performance of your site. Therefore, this option is attractive to businesses of all sizes, especially startups who cannot predict their growth rate.
Let’s look at some of the factors more in-depth, and how they can help you choose the right host for you.
What site are you building?
What site are you building? Will is be static HTML? Will it be on a CMS like WordPress? Or, will it be e-commerce? Each type of site requires a different kind of host, so be set on your decision and choose a host that will cater to that.
What is the size of your website?
The size of your website is perhaps the most important decision-making factor. It’s better to think big when predicting the growth of your business, as opting for a VPS hosting or cloud hosting that allows you to grow will save you money in the long-run.
The location of your server
Another important aspect to consider when choosing a web host provider is the location of your provider. It all comes down to where in the world you get the most traffic to your site – that should be where you server is. For example, if you’ve built a site in Australia, but the majority of your traffic comes from India, you should choose a server in India.
Choose a web host provider that offers support
You should never buy a web host provider that doesn’t offer round-the-clock support and customer service. If something goes wrong, you’ll need to ensure you have the support in place to tackle the problems quickly. If you don’t, your site could go down and your business could suffer. Not opting for a support-based web host is a waste of money.
With these tips, you can make the right choice in web hosting for your business.