Website Hosting Sites, Services and Costs
The cost of website hosting varies depending on several} factors, this being so| so, the first thing you need to find out| is what kind of hosting you actually need. It can be confusing as hosting a web site can cost anything from $10 per year to $149/month.
What determines the cost of Hosting your site
Web hosting can be grouped according to the kind of software used, how resources are allocated and what kind of facilities you are provided with.
Though Website Servers usually run on either MS Windows or Unix software. In most cases, you will find it is safer or easier to choose Unix which dominates the server world rather than Microsoft..
There are 3 main types of website hosting you may want to consider for your business.
Shared Website Hosting
Most websites are built on shared hosting. Since website servers are very expensive to buy and maintain, website hosts both reduce the cost of hosting by sharing the resources the hosted websites use assuming correctly that users will not need them all at once or may never need more than a fraction of these resources anyway.
Shared hosting is adequate for most small businesses with a few informational pages.
Cheap shared hosting packages tend to be very basic and may lack help facilities, phone support, software features, installation wizards and a wide range of facilities so they could cost as little as $10 per year. For more extensive packages you should expect to pay anything from $7-10 per month.
Dedicated Server Hosting
In Dedicated website hosting you get hosting dedicated exclusively to your sites. It is usually extremely expensive compared to shared hosting. Sites hosted on Dedicated Server Hosting may be more stable as they are never starved for resources. There are also cheaper variations of this such as semi-dedicated hosting which still shares resources, but among far fewer websites.
You may need dedicated hosting if your business is very large, you want thousands of your workers to access your sites resources, you have a very large online store, a huge volume of traffic to your website or the things your website does are ‘mission critical’ and you can’t afford a blip where your site fails. So you only need dedicated server hosting if your website uses a very large amount of resources and you don’t want it to slow down and become frustrating to your visitors.
This kind of hosting can cost you anything from $149/month depending on the resources available such as how many visitors you can receive per month or how much space is available.
Managed Hosting and Self-Managed Hosting
Managed hosting is where the hosting company manages all the resources in your dedicated hosting package while self-managed hosting is for networking experts who want total access and control of facilities for example the ability to wipe the hosting completely and install their own software or operating system and start from scratch.
If you plan to get into the business of selling web space and packages, then your best option is probably reseller hosting; in effect becoming a mini website host. Reseller website hosting allows you to rent space and features from your website host, and create your own website packages which you can then manage and sell.
Reseller packages vary widely in cost e.g. $15-50/month depending on the resources and capacity.
Website Hosting Packages
Web hosting vendors offer website hosting packages with various amounts of web space and other facilities. For example, basic hosting packages might be cheap but not include facilities which allow your website to become interactive.
Almost all website hosts package website resources in bundles that vary in terms of the facilities they provide both in relation to quality and quantity. So you can have standard packages, business packages etc. You should choose whichever package gives you the maximum amount of resources at the lowest cost while taking care not to pay any extra for features you don’t need since you can usually upgrade later.