The availability of an overwhelming number of web hosting options today can make choosing the right web host a confusing and difficult task. Ultimately you need to choose a web host that meets your needs and suits your budget.
Most of us want our web sites and blogs to be hosted on premium and fast servers. But those premium hosting options come for a price. So it is necessary to strike the perfect balance between efficiency and cost of the web host when choosing the one for our blogs/web sites.
As mentioned earlier there are a number of web hosting options available to choose from. And to help you save some time and the effort of going through all of the different hosting options available, we have written this article. Our ultimate aim is to help you choose the right web host.
Now, let’s have an inside look into the world of web hosts and find out what they offer and what they don’t.
Things To Consider When You Choose A Web Host
There are certain things to keep in mind when you are ready to choose a web host. Here are some of the important ones.
Web Site Speed
This is the first thing I look at when choosing the web hosting for my websites and blogs. The speed of our web site mostly depends on the type of web hosting and also the web hosting company.
The quality of support offered by the web hosting company should be one of the important deciding factors when it comes to choosing the right web host. They should be able to help you with even the silliest of problems related to your web sites and web hosting.
Of course, they can’t solve each and every problem. But what I mean to say is that they should be able to fix most of your web site problems and should bring back your website to life whenever it goes down.
The security of your web site and associated files is another important thing to keep in mind when you are ready to choose a web host. It is always better to look for a web host that offers free SSL certificates. Most of them nowadays do.
Also, we need to choose a web host who performs regular malware and other vulnerabilities scan and takes adequate action to prevent brute-force attacks on our websites.
The web hosting company should also be able to restore our website or blog to normalcy in case it gets hacked or get’s messed up due to an outdated plugin or theme.
Other Added Features
I almost always look for the availability of extra features that a web host has to offer when signing up for a new web hosting package. Extra features may be anything. It may be the staging area feature, a free CDN service, a free caching plugin for increased speed, free back up services, free domain name and more.
Here are our choices for the best web hosting plans.
Different Types of Web Hosting
The web hosting plans available today can be categorized into the following categories.
Basic Shared Hosting Plans
This is the web hosting plan a lot of us use. Most people start their first web site on shared hosting plans. As the name suggests, the hosting servers are shared in these types of plans.
What it means is that your website is not the only website that is hosted on this server. There are many more. All the resources like RAM (Random Access Memory) and CPU (Central Processing Unit) etc. are shared by all the websites hosted on the server.
The biggest advantage of this type of web hosting is the cost. Because all the resources on the server are shared, the monthly and yearly maintenance costs per website are low. That means less expense for you.
- Cost effective
- Best for beginner websites and blogs
- Easy to use
- Not the fastest hosting
- May not be able to handle the sudden surge of traffic
- It may not be recommended for the traffic of more than 30,000 per month.
- As the servers are shared another spammy website on the same IP may damage the reputation of your website.
Managed WordPress Hosting
These are specialized hosting services meant for WordPress alone. So if you want to run a WordPress powered blog or website, these managed WordPress hosting options can be for you.
Managed hosting means the hosting provider will take care of the day to day maintenance needs of your WordPress website.
The hosting company will install WordPress on your blog, install SSL, update your themes and plugins, perform malware scanning and will provide premium support. Of course, the range of features offered may vary from company to company.
Typically there may be two types of managed WordPress hosting. One with the cPanel and the other one without it.
The one with the cPanel allows you to install your websites, create email accounts, access the file system and more. If you are not a technical person this type of managed WordPress hosting is for you.
The second type of managed WordPress hosting doesn’t offer cPanel. These custom managed WordPress hosting providers may have their own alternatives to cPanel. And also, they may not host your email accounts. These are slightly cheaper than the first type but may not be easier to manage.
- Beginner friendly
- Website maintenance is taken care of by the hosting company itself
- Offer customized features and addons for WordPress
- Costlier than the shared hosting plans
- The number of websites that can be hosted on these plans may be limited (There are no unlimited hosting options).
- It can only host WordPress sites and blogs. If your website is based on other CMS the managed WordPress hosting plan isn’t for you.
VPS Hosting Plans
VPS hosting means Virtual Private Server hosting. This can be considered the intermediate between shared hosting and dedicated server hosting. Here, your website will get its own dedicated space on the server. The servers are still shared, but you get more resources and space.
VPS hosting plans may not be suitable for beginners. This hosting is for those who want more control and resources than the shared hosting and don’t have the budget for dedicated hosting.
This type of hosting may be suitable for a moderate level to a high level of traffic. If the traffic is extremely high, dedicated servers may be required.
- Better speed
- Can handle a higher number of visitors than the shared hosting plans
- May need a certain amount of technical knowledge to manage these servers
Dedicated Servers Hosting
As the name suggests this type of hosting provides you with a dedicated server. The server is exclusive for your use. There are no other websites hosted on it. Dedicated servers come with higher price tags.
These types of hosting plans are meant for advanced users with very high traffic to their websites. If you are a beginner, don’t bother about dedicated hosting plans.
Dedicated hosting plans give you excellent control over the servers. But you may need to have excellent technical knowledge of web hosting and other related stuff for managing these kinds of servers.
- This is the best type of hosting for high performance, extremely high traffic websites.
- The whole server is dedicated to your website. So you don’t have to worry about other spammy websites damaging the reputation of your domain.
- Excellent speeds
- Very expensive
- Requires technical knowledge
Reseller Web Hosting Plans
These are shared hosting plans with a twist. Here you can resell your sharing space to others and earn money doing that.
What it means is that you basically rent shared hosting plans that allow you to create many separate segments of web hosting accounts in them, which then can be rented out for individual clients needing hosting.
Here you can create unique individual cPanel accounts and email accounts for each of your clients.
These types of web hosting plans are best suited for you if you are planning to run a web agency.
- You can make money from this type of web hosting
- Not for the regular user
Cloud hosting refers to a web hosting system where many computer servers work together combining computing resources, forming a giant server.
As the resources are distributed across many servers, the downtime in cloud hosting is very low. Also, cloud hosting can effectively handle the sudden surge of traffic.
Most companies these days offer cloud hosting services. They can be the best fit for you when your website starts receiving a large number of visitors and you have outgrown the starter shared hosting plan.
- Very good speed
- Excellent uptimes
- Can handle sudden surge of huge traffic
- Server requirements can be adjusted on the go. You don’t need to move your hosting as your traffic grows.
Managed Woocommerce Hosting
Managed WooCommerce hosting is somewhat similar to the managed WordPress hosting but the environment has been optimized for WooCommerce.
These types of hostings usually come included with many services that are vital for running an e-commerce shop.
They have features that make running an online shop much smoother and efficient than the normal web hosting plans. This, however, is a relatively new concept and there aren’t many providers giving this service.
This type of web hosting involves co-locating your servers (hardware) in co-location centres. These colocation centers provide you with all the power, bandwidth, cooling systems, physical security, and IP address. Of course, all of this can be availed by paying high rent.
Also, hardware (server) failures are your responsibility. You should know how to bring back your servers to life whenever they go down.