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What To Know About Choosing Web Hosting
There are two kinds of hosting accounts that most people choose from when starting a website, a standard shared hosting account or a VPS hosting account.
A standard shared hosting account (that means one server runs multiple websites, so you pay much less than having a whole server to yourself) works well and is very cost-effective. Shared hosting can actually run some pretty big sites, though many sites will get higher-level hosting if they start getting a lot of visitors later.
For larger sites, or sites that get a lot of traffic, a hosting plan called VPS (Virtual Private Server) gives you more server power and resources, and your hosting space is much more separate from other websites.
Regardless of which hosting company you choose it’s important that they’re a real hosting company with staff available 24/7. I can’t stress that enough since I’ve seen every web hosting support situation you could imagine and they happen at all hours.
You’ll also want features like free SSL certificates — for the “green padlock” on your site — and the ability to host multiple sites on a single account for the same price.
Why To Avoid “Some Guy” Hosting
Avoid “some guy” hosting companies — the ones where some guy rents a server and sells hosting but he’s the only one who provides any support at all.
That guy may be skilled at tech but just one person can’t support your website 24 hours per day like a real hosting company can.
Real web hosting is always better than “some guy” hosting for your blog’s up-time and reliability. You can’t reach your audience or make money with your blog if your site is down and nobody is awake to help you.
There Are Lots Of Web Hosts — Good Choices, And Bad
Yes, there are lots of good web hosts out there.
And there are some not-so-good web hosts.
If you’re researching different web hosts I recommend looking for reviews, especially non-sponsored reviews, and even sending a support message to hosts you’re considering and seeing how they respond and how helpful they are.
BTW, standard hosting plans all work essentially the same, and a site you build on a standard hosting account with one provider can be moved to a standard hosting account with another provider. So that gives you flexibility if you outgrow the web hosting company that you start with, or just want to switch to another one in the future.
If you’d like to chat with me about specific web hosts, find out if I’ve worked with them (it’s likely that I have), and what I think of them, click the chat icon at the lower right or send a message to talk with me directly any time.
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