If you’re starting a business today, you know you’re going to have to face the grueling challenge of starting a website… and if you’ve never started a website before, you’re going to face the challenge of – what hosting should I use? Don’t worry, we’re here to help, but I’m not here to sell you some hosting service, I’m here to help breakdown what is hosting and what you should look out when you’re crawling the depths of the internet reading “Hosting Reviews”
First, what is hosting?
Hosting is a service that provides you with a physical server that stores and holds your website content. Take, for example, this website. When you’re visiting this opinionsreviewsandreports.com your browser loads, calls our server, they communicate, and in-return this website is loaded into your browser of choice.
Without hosting, you won’t have a website. So it’s unfortunately essential.
Second, why are there 100 different options of hosting?
I’m sure if you’ve visited some of the mainstream hosting companies, you’ve seen things such as dedicated hosting, shared hosting, virtual private servers, and so on and so on… The mind numbing limitless jargon of server hosting definitions are thrown at your face… Worse of all? They do all the same thing, and you’d be lucky to understand it from the get to.
Oh, and let’s not forget “Managed” vs “Non-Managed” services. Just one more layer to confuse you on during your journey to build a website.
Don’t worry. Here’s the solution: Take the basic and cheapest package.
Don’t fall for the idea that you need a dedicated server, or some fancy “VPS”. If you’re just starting your website, it’s HIGHLY unlikely that you will need any more power and or services beyond the basic “shared” hosting package.
Phew¸we’ve bought our hosting, but what the do “Managed” and “Non-Managed” mean?
To put it simply, it means that the hosting company will either a) help you, or b) not help you at all. It would be advisable for you to go with a “managed” solution if this is your first attempt at building a website. The additional fees will be worth the money, considering the headache, time, and broken keyboards you’ll encounter trying to fix things within your server.
Your time is much more valuable than that.
So what does this have to do with website hosting reviews? Well, they are all trying to make money off you. So. Be wary. There is a likely bias on who they suggest. It won’t be 100% unbiased, and certainly won’t be 100% chosen by service, value, or quality, but rather, who has the better affiliate / commission structure.
Have any questions? Feel free to leave it in the comment section and I’ll help you out. Good Luck!