A Small Business’s Guide to Web Hosting

Before you are able to start working on your website’s design, you need to hire a service that makes it visible. This means that you have to select a web hosting service to put your site online. Web hosting services allow your website to be visible to the world and updating your website is easy. Web hosts are responsible for the technical details of keeping your website up, which allows you to spend your time focusing on the appearance and functions of your online store. Here is an example of an online football jersey store.

Additionally, web-hosting services are able to provide you with a variety of beneficial features. They assist with domain name selection, provide you with creation and design tools, and many of the best web hosting services allow you to do everything that you need to do digitally through them. If you plan to have an ecommerce site, you can find shopping cart software that will allow communication to be easier with your web hosts email functionality and more.

Lastly, web-hosting services have security features available to protect you from malware/viruses and cybercriminals. They allow you to collect payments and if you go with a credible web host, they will have Secure Sockets Layer, SSL, certifications available, which helps you gain credibility among your buyers.

As you can probably see web-hosting services allow you to do everything that you need through them and you do not even have to have an onsite IT team.

Types of Web Hosting

The type of web hosting that you use for your website, such as the ones described above are known as “shared web hosting”, also known as “virtual hosting”. This means that instead of having a dedicated server for one website, numerous websites are on the servers simultaneously. However, each site has its own section of the service and by taking this route the website owner does not have to encounter hardware and maintenance fees that come with hosting a site on their own dedicated server.

Another type of web hosting is colocation hosting. This allows the business to have its own dedicated server in someone else’s data center. If a business has dedicated hosting, they have their own server. Dedicated hosting can be ideal for high trafficked websites yet they are more expensive than shared web hosting.

Web Hosting Costs

Web hosting providers charge monthly fees for their services. The rate you pay is based off the number of website you need to host, how much storage space you need, how many website building tools you want, and the number of email accounts you need. Some services charge a flat fee for unlimited everything while others have a tiered price card based on the business’s needs.

Small packages are usually good enough for a small business with one site. However, as you grow you are capable of upgrading your plan to accommodate your growing business. The good news is if you commit to several years of hosting many web-hosting providers will offer you a good discount. For an additional fee, you may be able to have increased security protection thrown in too.