How to choose the best hosting for your website? In this guide we will discover the six aspects to take into account according to business objectives.
Hosting is one of the most important services for websites. However, it is very common to find sites whose hosting plan is inadequate. For this reason, we decided to make a guide to help you select the best plan depending on the site and your business objectives.
First, what is hosting?
The web hosting service is called hosting which is responsible for storing the site and making it available on the internet. In other words, it is what allows users to enter a website in the online world.
Hosting works through servers that have different characteristics. Servers are kind of like high-capacity computers (they are not ordinary equipment). They can be physical or virtual and, as we mentioned, they have different characteristics depending on the plan you choose and the type of hosting (we will see this later).
It is important that you understand that web hosting is a fundamental service so that the site works perfectly and is always online. This is why finding the right plan is of great relevance.
So what are the features to consider?
There is no specific account that determines which is the ideal hosting. However, you can follow this guide to get an idea of what you need.
# 1 Choose the type of hosting you want
Hosting, as we mentioned, is conditioned by the characteristics of the servers. There are four types that are commonly used: dedicated, shared, VPS, and cloud hosting.
Dedicated hosting is one in which there is a single owner for the entire server. This means that all server capacity is dedicated to one website (or several, depending on the ones the owner wants to add), there are no outsiders. The shared one is one that has several users who use it. Resources are shared so if one site has a sudden increase in traffic, the other websites will suffer.
The VPS it is similar to a dedicated hosting, but in a virtual way. It is a physical machine that is divided through a virtual process that results in private virtual servers. Cloud hosting, as the name implies, is a server in the cloud. The initial cost is higher, but then only those resources that are used are paid.
The choice of the type of hosting will depend on the investment capacity you haves, your needs in terms of security and privacy and, in addition, what you need for the site
# 2 Do you need to add other services? Find a provider that has packages
If you need to add more things to your website, this is the time to do it. Most providers offer packages that include more than one tool, with special prices. For example, if you need acquire some web domains, get an SSL certification and, in addition, hire a hosting, you can find a package that contains all this at a lower cost than contracting them separately.
# 3 Recognize what your knowledge is and look for options depending on your ability
Each hosting provider has its own interface. Some have control panels that are very user friendly. On the other hand, others have panels that are designed for experts, people who already have knowledge on the subject.
So, before hiring any plan, you should find out if the panel meets your knowledge of server manipulation. You will find an option for every situation, don’t worry!
# 4 Analyze what you need in terms of bandwidth and storage space
Speaking of bandwidth, we refer to how much data is consumed monthly. For you to understand it, you must think of it the same as the internet service. If in a house five people are using the internet at the same time (unless it has a large bandwidth) it will be slower than if a single person uses it. So you have to think about an approximate traffic to know how much bandwidth you need.
As for the storage space, for this you must think about the “size” of the site. When you analyze this point, you should consider the number of files you have, if there are many or few audiovisuals, if you include the database and if there are emails.
# 5 Find out if the provider has technical support in Spanish
Not many people pay attention to this detail when hiring a service. However, in matters that have to do with the internet, we always recommend that you hire services that have technical support in your native language or one that you handle perfectly. Technical customer support will save you from more than one problem.
# 6 Check the opinions that exist about the chosen hosting provider
Do not stay only with the information that the providers give you. Look further and “google” everything you need to be sure of your decision. On the internet, you will find opinions and testimonials from users who have already used the service. Pay special attention to the reviews and review them by date. If you notice that they previously had negative opinions but now they have changed, it may be a sign that they have improved the service.
So, are you ready to choose your ideal hosting service?
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