With today’s technology, making and designing a website has never been more turn key. There are programs with drag and drop templates so you can DIY your own website, service providers which will do it for you (like us!) and everything in between. However, when considering developing a website, no matter the means, you need to know about hosting and what it means for you. Your website developers should be able to break down the basics of hosting for you to educate you and help you with your decision. There are many different types of web hosting and server options to choose from, so let us break it down for you.
Web hosting, according to Website.com, is “a service that allows organizations and individuals to post a website or web page onto the Internet”. The hosting program the user would solicit to post their site to the internet provides the program that stores the user’s site to a server which will allow it to be accessed and seen on the internet. Most of the time, these companies will have multiple different plans for you to choose from. The most popular and inexpensive option is Shared Web Hosting. This basically means your website will share a secure server with multiple other websites. This option is popular among growing businesses because not only is it cheap, it is usually overseen by someone who handles the management of the server as well as patches to solve any technical issues that may arise on the server.
VPS Hosting or Virtual Private Server hosting is a form of hosting where you are on your own server and able to allocate yourself your preferred amount of resource space and RAM (without having to share with other users). Your website will, therefore, be more secure, have more stability, and all around run with optimal performance. This type of hosting service is much more costly than shared hosting. Comparatively, Shared Servers do not guarantee that you will receive a certain amount of RAM, disk space, or CPU as you will be sharing with other users. This decreases the overall quality and security of your website, but is still a viable option should you need to develop a website on a budget.
We know this all seems pretty complicated and hard to grasp, that’s why we are here to help guide you! Choosing a reputable service is important, then understanding the need of your site and potential for growth will all factor in with the service you choose. The RAC team is more than equipped and ready to help you get the most bang for your buck. We will help you navigate hosting services and plans, build and design your site with custom graphics optimized for speed, and also do monthly maintenance on your website to make sure it’s running optimally and at best performance! Email us for a quote at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us do all the heavy lifting, so you can sit back and watch your business grow!