What is web hosting?

Are you are about to step into the world of owning a website? If you are chances are that you have been asked about web hosting but what exactly is it and what should you look for when looking for a web host.

Web hosting is a service that enables you to make your website available on the world wide web. Usually for a fee, a web hosting company will lease you space on a server with internet connectivity so you can make your website accessible to all internet users.

There are a number of things to consider when looking for a web host such as:

What service level do you need?

If you only have a single page or very simple website you do not need to buy the all-singing-and-dancing hosting package.

What is their downtime?

All hosts encounter downtime where the server your website is hosted on isn’t working correctly and so may temporarily be unavailable to the internet. A web host should be able to tell you what percentage downtime they have so you can check how reliable their service is.

What storage and bandwidth do you get?

Bandwidth is amount of data that your host will let you and your visitors upload and download in a given timeframe and similar to you home computer storage is the amount of data associated with your website you are able to store on the server.

Some companies offer unlimited storage or bandwidth, other set limits and charge if you go over them so make sure you know what your web host offers.

Domains

It may be that as your business grows you diversify into other areas and so would develop other websites. The easiest way to manage multiple domains in through one hosting account so again check what limits are set by your hosting company.

If you need any further advice or guidance about selecting a web host do not hestitate to get in touch sharron@lm-marketing.co.uk