Hosting is like renting space on a computer in the never-never that you then “put” your website files onto – which allows everyone to see it. Again you only ever rent your hosting (you can actually buy it but that is very expensive and not required for most small businesses). Hosting is usually purchased on a monthly, quarterly, six monthly or yearly basis. Costs can vary.
Web Squared currently offers a hosting service using a few companies Kualo, Kinsta, KDA Web Services and TSOHOST. But we also work with other hosting companies if you have it already. You can also read up on my blog post about speed and your website too …
There are two main types of hosting, Unix and Windows (Unix is usually cheaper and better whereas Windows uses Microsoft software so the costs can be higher.) Most small business find Unix perfectly acceptable.
You also have the choice of virtual or dedicated, virtual hosting means you share a computer with 0-100 other companies, and the price is pretty small – or dedicated which means you have the computer just for yourself, the costs are higher but you don’t need to worry about anyone else making a mistake on your “server”. Again most small business virtual hosting is the norm and perfectly acceptable.
Bandwidth, web space and data transfer – what do they mean?
Hosting, like most things online, do have a lot of jargon, below are a few simple layman explanations:
- Bandwidth – this is effect by the number of people that look at your site and also how many images or “downloadable” item on your site. The more popular your site the larger this number should be.
- Web space – how many files and images you need to create your website, unless you have a large ecommerce site or lots and lots of images to display then usually this is not an issue.
- Data transfer – is also linked to bandwidth but is also used up by your emails and also how much you upload and download data to your site.
- PHP/ASP – these are all languages that are used to create websites.
- MYSQL – this is a database facility online – great for ecommerce or content managed websites
Is all hosting the same?
Sadly no. It can be very simple to set up a hosting platform and sell it – but that doesn’t mean that its good hosting. Like anything there are good and bad ways to host websites. Looking at reviews can help, looking at the costs too – if its really really cheap there is often a reason. Plus depending on what your website will be (static or dynamic) will make a big difference as to whether the hosting can cope. Ecommerce websites and even WordPress itself can be quite resource intensive – you therefore would need a hosting company that have things in place to accommodate that.
Confused? Well no need to worry contact us and we will sort it all out for you – at the best possible price.