Every website that is accessible by your browser is hosted somewhere. When purchasing a website hosting package with a company, you're basically buying space on a server. It's similar to the space on a computer's hard drive, but the server allows your website's files to be accessed from anywhere.
Many different types of hosting exists with different specifications but let’s go through the two most common plans. When choosing a host you should consider the size of your website, the amount of traffic you expect and your future growth.
Shared Hosting - Shared hosting is generally cheaper but allows you to keep a budget amount around your hosting cost. With Shared Hosting you are sharing a small space of the server with several other websites. This can cause your hosting to become slow at times if the other websites are under heavy load. This is best suited for very small websites, brochure websites and small projects.
Virtual Private Server / Dedicated Hosting - Unlike Shared hosting, a Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a dedicated server just for your website. It allows you to have more control, more power behind your website and handle larger amounts of traffic. Although generally more expensive, this plan is best for large websites & eCommerce systems.
Some companies will offer more features than others and it’s worthwhile consulting with other businesses in Durham Region to see who they use, and what the hosting company offers.
Here is a brief checklist to think about before selecting a hosting account.
- Has the hosting company existed for more than a year? Many hosting companies will start up and quickly shut down, leaving you without your data.
- Do they allow you to install SSL certificates? This is important. Some hosting companies charge a premium for SSL certificates when you should only be paying $15/year.
- Do they offer live chat support? Waiting for a ticket or email to be answered can be frustrating. Are you able to call or chat with someone quickly?
- Check the reviews! Google the hosting company you are using and check the reviews. Good, bad, or mixed?
368 Durham offers free consultation for Website hosting and Website design. We’ve worked with clients in Durham Region for the past 6 years and have worked with every major Web Hosting company available. We can make recommendations based on the size & expectations of your website. We offer hosting & website design for our clients in Bowmanville, Oshawa, Whitby, Newcastle, and all of Durham Region.
368 Durham also offers hosting for our clients ranging from $10/month to $25/month. Our web hosting is secure and backed up daily to ensure the protection of your data.