Web Hosting is the act of hosting a web site in a shared environment. By providing the necessary support and technologies, a website’s file system, platform, and resources are all stored by the web host. Most web hosts offer domain purchases that allow a web site to have its unique name.
Finally, by combining all the pieces to the puzzle, a web host allows you to display the content of your web site onto the world wide web. Ultimately, affordable web hosting provides the ability to share your creative thoughts and ideas, ranging from personal to business, hosted on the internet!
Unlimited vs fixed storage space?
We offer unlimited storage to our customers on our shared hosting environment without compromising speed and performance. Fixed storage is when each customer is allocated a fixed amount of the server’s resources and a limit is established without any ability to exceed this cap. Thus creating restrictions around the longterm & overall growth of your site.
The benefits to unlimited storage are somewhat self-explanatory, the hosting provider manages the load balancing of each server’s resources. This allows each customer to utilize ample resources without compromising speed and performance.
How much can I host on a shared hosting account? and when is it time to upgrade?
Websites come in all shapes and sizes therefore your budget needs to be flexible on the options provided to you. At InterServer we offer the standard web hosting package with Unlimited Space, Transfer, and Email. To fit the needs of about 99% of our customers. Typical sites that host with us are bloggers, small business owners, e-commerce websites and more. Some websites eventually become popular enough that they exhaust the resources allocated within a shared hosting environment and migrate to a Cloud VPS or Dedicated Server.
Even though an upgrade is required and is generally associated with a higher cost, it is usually indicative of a good thing. Your website is growing! The benefits include being hosted in a more private environment and benefit from increased speed, load times and reliability. If you feel that your needs are beyond the requirements of Shared Web Hosting, reach out to us and we can discuss what options are best for you.
What should you look for in a Web Hosting Provider?
We realize that cost is often a major deciding factor when it comes to making any purchasing decision, however, one of the main focuses when shopping for webhosting should be a detailed review of the companies support offering. Ultimately having readily accessible support can determine just how seamless of an experience you will have with your chosen hosting provider. Other key factors to consider:
Whether your account will have limited resource restrictions, for example, limited storage, transfer, & domain, which will essentially impact the performance of your site.
Also, do they offer a variety of one-click installs for various scripts i.e. WordPress which is the most commonly used CMS?
How advanced are their security features? Do they offer automated software that detects patches that could contain malware?
Last but not least be sure to read the fine print to avoid getting locked into a longterm contract with hidden fees.
Web hosting vs Domain Registration?
A domain is like owning a piece of property, many would classify it as a way to distinguish ownership and identity across the web. Simply put, a domain is a unique name that one can assign to a website. A domain maybe purchases outside of the web hosting company or provider and the two can work independently of each other. Owning a powerful and coveted domain is the equivalent of having a solid asset or investment.
It often appreciates with time while serving as the namesake of your online brand or business. It’s essentially the essence of your brand and how you make your mark across the web. Several webmasters dedicate a significant amount of there time to seeking out popular domains to acquire as long term investments.
While web hosting is designed to ensure your data is secure, readily accessible, & online all of the time; the domain is a separate entity. Domain ownership may be purchased on its own, sometimes just to have ownership of the domain name. To link the two together, typically the web host provider will assign nameservers to your website that you may input at your domains registrar/website. Once doing so, the internet will recognize that the domain is linked to your website!