A Beginner’s Visual Guide to Web Hosting

Web hosting is one of the most simplistic, yet frustrating tasks that every site owner and blogger will eventually have to deal with. The process of setting up web hosting is also one of the main reasons why so many people don’t get started with a site in the first place — whether it be the cost, frustration or complete overload of information out there.

The good news is that web hosting doesn’t have to be complicating. After being online for over 20 years now, I’ve had the experience of dealing with bare bones hosting solutions back in the day, to now enjoying the ease of WordPress and the “hands off” hosting experience most providers offer today.

The main reason why web hosting is such an annoyance and disaster in the beginning, is simply trying to find who you are going to host with and find a price you can work with. Here’s all you really need to know about that… just find a reliable solution (hostgator, inmotion, websynthesis, bluehost etc…), and more often than not, your hosting is going to be just fine. When it comes time to find the best hosting for your wordpress blog, most of these networks are all similar in their prices and services offered, while also being more than enough for anyone starting their first site.

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Beginner’s Guide to Web Hosting

With all of that being said, there are many different types of web hosting offered on the internet today. To help with breaking each of these apart, let’s take a look at the “Beginner’s Guide to Web Hosting” infographic below.

Shared Hosting

For more site owners (especially new ones), shared hosting is going to be perfect for your site. The advantages are that the cost is usually quite low and that it’s extremely easy to setup. Most shared hosting plans also have one-click WordPress installation, which means you don’t need to mess around with uploading any files or databases. The disadvantages of shared hosting is that you are sharing the server with potentially hundreds of other sites. This means if other sites are getting huge traffic spikes or getting hacked, it could affect your site as well.

Virtual Private Servers

A VPS is where you want to be if you have a site with a lot of traffic or that you are doing any type of business on. Advantages of a virtual private server that much higher levels of performance, your site and hosting is isolated from others and that your server and network are managed by the hosting provider. Disadvantages are that your CPU and RAM are still shared by other websites, and VPS hosting costs more than shared hosting plans.

Dedicated Servers

Dedicated web hosting is the best option out there for sites who can afford it. With dedicated hosting, your site is the only one on the server and you have full control over all resources and the performance of your site. A great way to think of this, is that your server is a house — which you own and can do anything you like with. The advantages of dedicated hosting are much faster and higher performance based site, since you are sharing resources with other sites. With dedicated hosting, the option is also there to choose what type of operating system you would like to run (Windows/Linux). Disadvantages are that dedicated hosting is much more expensive than basic shared hosting, and there is a much higher technical understanding required if you are going to manage the server yourself.

The most important thing to remember when trying to find the right web hosting plan for your site, is to not stress out over options and pricing. Nearly all web hosting solutions are identical in their pricing and services offer. Take the time to look up reviews and see who top bloggers are using/recommending. This simply step will save you a lot of time and headache when starting your site.

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