It’s a pretty common question that we get asked pretty often from customers who have bought a domain, and aren’t sure where to go from there. Every website needs to be hosted somewhere – whether you’re using a custom website builder that does it all for you, or managing it all yourself.
In simplistic terms, web hosting is the service of providing storage space for a website or application on a server, on the internet. It’s the place where a web hosting company puts your website so that it can be accessed by your customers and other visitors.
Your customers type in your web address (www.example.com) into their web browser
Their computer connects to the server that your website is hosted on
The server serves the website (sends the website files) to the customer
Picking the right web hosting plan
It all sounds pretty easy, but there’s a few things to keep an eye out for when selecting the right web hosting plan.
What kind of website do you have? e.g. a blog would potentially need less resources than a large eCommerce site
What are the goals of your website?
How tech savvy are you, and do you need a lot or a little technical support?
Picking the right web hosting company
Given the importance of your website in this online world, you also need to make sure you’re partnering with the right web hosting company.
What is their uptime? You should find someone with 99% uptime or higher
Where are their servers located? Ideally you want their servers to be in the same country as the majority of your customers
How many years have they been in the industry?
What are their reviews online like?
Do they have 24/7 support? No one wants to be waiting hours for help at a critical moment
Do they have sufficient security measures in place to protect your data?
What backup services are available?
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