Why do I need web hosting?
Web hosting is like renting a computer (without a screen) in someone else’s house. When you want to look on your computer, you knock on the door. If you’ve paid your rent to them for looking after your computer, you have the right to knock on the door and use it. Web servers are the same. They hold the files that display the website and it’s a permanent place where the domain name can ‘point’ to, called an IP address. When you type in a domain name, it knows where to take you to display the files.
Who should you use for web hosting?
After using various web servers all over the world for varying reasons, we’ve opted to use Pickaweb for our needs. We have SSD servers secured with SSL certificates and it’s all based in the UK. That’s our choice of hosting provider and we’re sticking to it. We’re also an affiliate so if you buy hosting through the links at the bottom of the page, we earn a small commission.
There are many companies that provide web hosting and as long as they are able to run the software you want, you are free to pick and choose as you see fit. Do some research and see which provider fits your needs best.
The main types of web server are
- Shared Hosting – great for websites with low traffic load £
- Reseller Hosting – gives the ability to allocate hosting accounts ££
- Virtual Private Server (VPS) – space on a dedicated server £££
- Dedicated Server – all machine resources to yourself ££££
Prices vary depending on the size of the space you require, machine speed and bandwidth allocated. If you are unsure about which host to use, feel free to contact us and we’ll happily assist you in making a decision.