There are thousands of web hosting companies to choose from, and it might seem ominous if you are new to website development.
The concept of hosting actually is similar to plumbing. All hosting occurs in the same box. The box could have different technical specs (RAM, drive space, number of processors, etc) that effect the speed but at the end of the day those specs are not actually that important. What’s important is the amount of data sent out of the box, no matter how fast the box, still needs to go out the same internet wire (tube) regardless of the speed of the box.
Shared hosting is exactly what it sounds like. Your website sits on a box with literally 100’s if not 1,000’s of other websites. Since all that data is trying to fly out the “tube” at the same time, its SLOW. Shared hosting is typically very economical $7.00 / month. The down side other then speed is that shared hosting is not adventitious for SEO (search engine optimization). Basically Google knows your throwing your site up against a wall against thousands of other sites and hoping it will stick. If SEO is important to you, I highly suggest a Virtual Private Server (VPS) or dedicated server.
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Virtual Private Server (VPS)
Virtual Private Severs (VPS) can be set up a number of different ways. The general idea is that you share a box with four other companies. VPS typically come with certain hard drive and bandwidth guarantees. Most of the time you won’t come close to exceeding your cap on hard drive memory or bandwidth. Because there’s limited websites on the box, websites are much faster. If you are SEO conscience definitely consider a VPS. VPS run $60.00 / month. Obviously a huge difference over the $7.00 / month.
Be warned though moving your site from a shared server to a virtual private server might not make a huge difference to the user experience. For example, a website that takes 3 seconds to load on a shared server might take 1 second on a VPS. Some people are not ready to pay an extra $50.00 / month for a 2 second gain. However, to Google which serves billions of web pages everyday two seconds is significant. I do offer a unique VPS solution for hand picked clients that offers a VPS hosting package for $30.00 / month.
Today’s SEO antilogarithms include website speed. And Liquid Web is the company that provides it! Get off those shared hosting plans that share a server with literally 100’s of websites. Did you know when another site on your server has a spike in traffic your site suffers?
This is when you have your very own box. This is the best solution for website speed. However, its pricy coming in around $120.00 / month. This type of solution is only recommended for companies that want to host their own videos, experience high load of downloading, or possibly for security concerns. I hardly ever recommend this solution.
When your a serious player in the internet business your site needs a hosting company provides more then just good service. Isn’t it time to move up to the big boy plan? Have the firemen ready because this hosting plan is on fire!