If you are planning to build a business on the internet you will need to make a website and for that you have to find a web host. A web host is a company that will keep your information on their servers and make your website accessible to the ‘World Wide Web’ or the internet in other words. There are many web hosting companies in the market that offer various web hosting services such as shared, dedicated and virtual server packages so it is up to you to decide what kind of service will suit your needs.
Choose carefully considering future developments
Even if you are only starting up your online business it is very important to consider how much it will grow in the future. If you purchase a shared hosting package that means you will have to share a hosting server with many other users, sometimes thousands. That might be ok now when your business is smaller, but once it starts growing you will probably need some more space and then you will need to migrate your website to a dedicated server. Or if you are developing a multimedia website you will need a higher bandwidth to be able to serve all your customers and if you are on a shared server your website will slow down considerably.
I have seen many job advertisements posted by people who need to move all their websites from a shared server to a dedicated web host. That is a huge job to do and takes a lot of investment. So making a wise decision now regarding the type of web hosting service you choose might save you from a lot of extra expenses and headache.
What web hosting is all about
So if you are looking for a web host for your site it is all about the space on that server. Just like in the real life space is everything. It all comes down to sharing or not sharing. If you choose a shared service package it is like having roommates in your home. First of all shared servers are much more affordable than dedicated servers but the problem appears when your ‘roommates’ eat up the server’s resources and have a negative impact on your site’s performance.
Dedicated servers save you from all these issues and can offer much more safety for your data but they are much more expensive so you will have to pay some extra cash for exclusivity. Virtual servers are somewhere between. They act like dedicated servers but you will still have to share the server with other domains.
So think it through before you give the money. Be extra careful when you meet the expression unlimited bandwidth” because in many case it is not really that. And another important aspect you have to consider is 24/7 phone service availability. It can be rather unpleasant to have your site broken down at 4 am and to have no one to call to fix it.