Hey everyone, here’s my web hosting things to know, recommendations, and which host I use.
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What To Know About Choosing Web Hosting
There are two kinds of hosting accounts that most people choose from when starting a website, a standard shared hosting account or a VPS hosting account.
A standard shared hosting account (that means one server runs multiple websites, so you pay much less than having a whole server to yourself) works well and is very cost-effective. Shared hosting can actually run some pretty big sites, though many sites will get higher-level hosting if they start getting a lot of visitors later.
For larger sites, or sites that get a lot of traffic, a hosting plan called VPS (Virtual Private Server) gives you more server power and resources, and your hosting space is much more separate from other websites.
Regardless of which hosting company you choose it’s important that they’re a real hosting company with staff available 24/7. I can’t stress that enough since I’ve seen every web hosting support situation you could imagine and they happen at all hours.
You’ll also want features like free SSL certificates — for the “green padlock” on your site — and the ability to host multiple sites on a single account for the same price.
Why To Avoid “Some Guy” Hosting
Avoid “some guy” hosting companies — the ones where some guy rents a server and sells hosting but he’s the only one who provides any support at all. That guy may be skilled at tech but just one person can’t support your website like a real hosting company can.
That’s why I don’t run my own hosting company, BTW — it wouldn’t be right for you to only have me when you need help at night, on weekends and during holidays. You deserve true 24/7 support.
Real web hosting is always better than “some guy” hosting for your blog’s up-time and reliability. You can’t reach your audience or make money with your blog if your site is down and nobody is awake to help you.
Which Web Host I Use And Why
I continue to use DreamHost for this site, and other website projects that I work with.
DreamHost is one of the largest hosting companies out there, but it’s still an independent company based in Los Angeles.
Their shared hosting is inexpensive, and has the unique features of a separate database/MySQL infrastructure, and a separate email infrastructure. That means those parts don’t run on the same server as your website, so your server performance is even better.
They use a custom control panel with access to all hosting features (no CPanel at DreamHost!), which is fast and well-designed, much better than CPanel in my opinion.
DreamHost also offers full VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting for only $15/month. That’s less than what many other hosts charge, and a DreamHost VPS can handle a lot of traffic. Even better, their VPS server resources can be increased later, seamlessly, without having to make any changes to your website. That’s huge.
I already used DreamHost for many many years before becoming a referral partner, and still use DreamHost for this site, and others. Take a look a the DreamHost web hosting plans here.
There Are Lots Of Web Hosts — Are There Other Good Choices, Too?
Yes, there are lots of good web hosts out there.
And there are some not-so-good web hosts.
If you’re researching different web hosts I recommend looking for reviews, especially non-sponsored reviews, and even sending a support message to hosts you’re considering and seeing how they respond and how helpful they are.
BTW, standard hosting plans all work essentially the same, and a site you build on a standard hosting account with one provider can be moved to a standard hosting account with another provider. So that gives you flexibility if you outgrow the web hosting company that you start with, or just want to switch to another one in the future.
If you’d like to chat with me about specific web hosts, find out if I’ve worked with them (it’s likely that I have), and what I think of them, click the chat/message icon at the lower right to talk with me directly any time.
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