18 March 2019
If you have recently created a website then you may well be considering where to host it. In simple terms, a host is a computer server that is the home for your website files, data base, images etc. The address of this server is where you will point your domain name.
Choosing a host will depend on your specific requirements and with this in mind, here’s a quick guide to choosing the right hosting for your website:
Not all hosting is the same and in most situations you ‘get what you pay for’. Roughly, hosting can be divided into 4 broad levels.
Hosting provided at this level will be very basic and, if you are a serious business, I would suggest that you should be very careful with this option. Performance and features will be limited and this could in turn reflect badly on your business.
This is the base level if you take your website seriously and want to have a level of control over functionality.
The downside of basic shared hosting tends to be performance. Being a shared system, your website’s performance can be impacted by others on the server. However, for most basic sites, this should not be an issue. For more complex websites such as eCommerce websites or websites with high traffic volumes performance can be an issue.
That said, there are some very good hosting companies out there and they can be great value for money too. If you want to keep it local then Rochdale based Zen Internet are recognised as one of the best in the UK.
The next level is a Virtual Private Server (VPS). This is still a shared platform but all websites are managed by your hosting company giving control over their impact on the performance of the server. Because of this the performance levels for websites hosted on this platform are better than basic shared hosting.
This is the top level of hosting. Your website will be on its own server. This gives you 100% control over the server environment because the server is hosting your website exclusively. The performance of your website is never impacted by others.
If your website is mission critical with high traffic volumes and you want total confidence in its performance, then this is the way to go.
When selecting a host try to consider your future requirements. Choose a host that allows you to scale your requirements with ease. Even with shared hosting, some companies provide performance boost add-ons that can be used to increase resources at peak times.