So you are done with building your beautiful website, and now it is time to release it to the world.
But do you think you are done? I am afraid you aren’t ready yet since you need to consider where you are going to host your website. Hosting? Haven’t heard of the term before?
It merely means where your website will live with all its content?
Where Does My Website Live?
Well, most people think that their websites live on the internet which is not true. The Internet is just the platform where the images and codes combine to create an interactive visual experience for you. And these images and codes are present in host files on a computer known as a server.
So in short, your website is running from a machine that might be situated just anywhere. And just as any other mechanical device, a server needs regular maintenance, and one needs to make sure that the server never goes down! Because, if it does, you can lose all your data instantly and your website will be wiped out from the internet!
What Do I Do When My Website Goes Down?
When the website goes down, it means some problem has occurred from the server end. The best way is to check for all the configuration and connection protocols, and the website will be back in no time. And just in case you can’t figure out how to do all this, you will have your web host to help you out.
What Is A Web Host?
A web host is a company which has hosted your website on its servers. This is generally the case for individuals while bigger companies have a separate department for IT that manages the servers.
Web hosting companies let you host your websites on their servers and in return charge you some money according to the services they are providing. They are also responsible for keeping your site live by delivering 24/7 maintenance, making sure that it is safe from bugs and DDOS attacks and enable effective caching for better responses.
How Do I Pick A Web Host?
Picking a web host can be the trickier part since there are a lot of companies offering their services. Companies like GoDaddy and Namecheap are well known for their affordability while BlueHost and Siteground are known for their excellent services, and their prices are generally high.
You will also see some local companies that provide services locally at cheaper rates and give quite an excellent service. This is because they don’t have a lot of websites to manage on their servers and work very well with whatever sites they are already hosting.
You need to find the sweet spot between all of this. You can choose anyone, but your priority should be the better functioning of your website which includes customer services, security and the fast loading of your homepage.
Whatever it is, make sure your website is live for as close to 100% of the time as possible. Every visitor is a valuable one!