Web hosting is an essential part of making your website live and active. Before you decide to do a website, make sure you find someone to host it for you. As someone who never studied IT before, here are some of my takebacks on what web hosting is and why it is important.

  1. What is web hosting?

Web hosting is a service that allows you to put your website up on the Internet. All the files of your website will be stored in the server of your web hosting service provider.

  1. Why is it important?

You need to have web hosting if you want your website to be live and active. It’s absolutely necessary, as necessary as getting a domain.

Besides getting a web hosting service provider, finding a good one is equally important too. When you don’t really know what kind of hosting you need, a good recommendation can save you many troubles. Because seriously, changing your web hosting service provider is a hassle. You can understand more about the different kinds of web hosting in the next section below.

Most web hosting comes in packages so if you suddenly need to change your type of web hosting due to, for instance, slow loading time or bigger file space needed, an extra cost might be incurred. Some packages might not allow you to cut the package before the deadline.

You won’t want a service provider that takes ages to reply to you. Or someone that always charge extra for every single change you made. Trust me, changes to websites will be made often, especially with the ever-changing online trends nowadays. It’s always good to ask these factors beforehand.

  1. Types of web hosting

Here are the six types of web hosting that you might come across more often. Each type of web hosting caters to different needs so understanding what each gives will allow you to make a better decision. You can also understand what your service provider is talking about too.

  1. Shared Hosting
  2. VPS Hosting
  3. Dedicated Server Hosting
  4. Cloud Hosting
  5. Managed Hosting
  6. Colocation

Detailed explanations of each type can be found here:

Besides the cost of website hosting, there’s another problem that you must consider: maintenance. Have you ever clicked into a website that was hacked or have experience with hacked websites? This is where maintenance comes in. Look forward to our next post for more on website maintenance.