What is business website hosting and why do I need it?

Sep 18, 2015 | Website Hosting

Kevin Fouche

What is business website hosting and why do I need it?

Posted by Kevin Fouche, Pixel Fish Director

Kevin handles the planning, design, launch and training of every website that Pixel Fish creates. He ensures that every website is highly engaging and aligned with our client’s goals. With over 20 years of design and web industry experience to draw upon, Kevin aims to pass on his knowledge to our clients and like-minded businesses wanting to grow their online presence.

The internet is an amazing thing. Every day, millions of people around the world browse through web pages that cover all facets of life. From news to business to games and entertainment, the internet has something for just about anyone.

While these web pages are extremely different, they all have one thing in common; website hosting.

Learning more about website hosting will help you to determine why you need it and why it is important.

What is Business Website Hosting?

Web hosting is a crucial part of the internet world. Without this service, a website would not be accessible on the World Wide Web. This is the service that is required for others to actually view your website from the internet. Without it, you would be the only one with access to your website.

When choosing web hosting for your website, you will find that there are many different hosting services to choose from. There are also different types of hosting available. Choosing the right type of hosting service will depend on the specific type of website that you are creating.

How Does it Work?

The first thing that you will need, even before choosing a web hosting service, is a domain name. Many services offer both web hosting and domain registration as part of a bundle, which can help you to save a bit of time and money. However, it is also possible to purchase both portions through different companies.

After selecting your domain, building your website and choosing your web hosting provider, you will then go through a few steps to get your website online. Each provider is a little different, so these steps will vary from one company to the next. Your web hosting provider will then host your website files on their servers, which are then provided to those searching for your website online.

Types of Business Website Hosting Services

When you are selecting your web hosting provider, it is important to note that there are several different options to choose from. To choose the best option for your website, understanding the differences is important. Be sure to consider the following types of hosting services before choosing the best one for you.

  • Shared Hosting Services.

    This type of provider will place your website on a server along with many other websites. One of the good things about this type of service is that it is fairly inexpensive. However, your website will share things such as RAM with the other sites on the server, which could make it run slowly.

  • Dedicated Server.

    With a dedicated server, you will receive your own separate server and will have more control over it. This could make your website run faster, but keep in mind that you are responsible for the security and maintenance of your server if you choose this type of hosting service.

  • VPS Hosting.

    This type of service provides a virtual server that mimics a dedicated server. It is a combination between shared and dedicated hosting. This option is best for those who have high traffic or that require specific set-up features for their website. It is an option that provides a bit more security, control and privacy than other options.

  • Cloud Hosting.

    This is the newest hosting service and is quickly becoming the most popular. With this type of hosting, your website will not depend on one specific server, but instead is a part of a cluster of servers. The benefit with this is that it is extremely reliable and will allow for visitors to have the best speeds at all times.

Choosing the right business website hosting option is important because it will directly affect the quality at which your website runs. When visitors begin looking through your website, this is important because it will encourage them to stay on your website for a longer period of time. Having a hosting service that is slower will only cause them to become frustrated and leave your site before they have gained all the benefit that is available.

Research shows that users expect websites to load within 3 seconds. The hosting service that you select will allow you to provide these speeds to those who visit your site. Be sure to contact us to learn more about how you can choose the right hosting service and how the right one can benefit your site.

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