Web files are stored on a remote server called the host. Every website is hosted on a server. There is a cost incurred for hosting a website, which is separate from domain name registration.
“Down time” is when the website is inaccessible to online visitors. These times can last for a few seconds or several hours. A down site cannot be viewed or make any transactions. Every minute your site is down could mean losing another potential customer. Having a down site can also make your business appear unreliable. Choosing a reliable web hosting company limits the amount of down time that would be experienced. Your web host should be able to support the expected traffic for your site. A larger site needs a host that can handle significant traffic at one time without overloading the system.
There are four main types of web hosting: Shared, Dedicated, Virtual Private Server, and Cloud hosting.
With shared hosting, one server hosts multiple websites, sometimes only a few, but sometimes hundreds or even thousands. The websites share server resources like RAM and CPU.
With dedicated hosting, a server is rented to you exclusively, meaning that your website is the only one on it.
Virtual Private Server hosting splits a server into multiple virtual servers. Each website is hosted on its own virtual server, but it is on a physical server with other websites.
Several servers (called a cloud) host a group of websites. The multiple servers work together to handle spikes in traffic or generally high traffic levels for each website.
You can use WebHosting Secret Revealed’s 15-point checklist for determining the best web hosting provider for you, and you can consult the Web Hosting for Dummies Cheat Sheet for a shorter list as well as a checklist for moving to a new web server and help recording your web host login details.
In our next blog post, we will discuss domain name registration.
Source: WebHosting Secret Revealed