Web Hosting – A word you may have heard a lot in your quest to start a new blog or website. I and Shalin get a lot of queries as to not just how to start a blog or website but also about web hosting and what it is and why one needs it. I mean there are ways to get your site started for FREE, then why do so many people end up paying for web hosting India? I mean if there was something available for free then why will anyone be wanting to pay for it, right? Let’s answer this and a lot more about web hosting and why you need it.
What is Web Hosting?
A lot of people seeking to start a website often end up questioning that a website is known by the domain name and if the domain name is registered then why do they need a web hosting, when all that is needed is putting in the domain name in the browser’s address bar to load a website?
Well, that question itself has the answer. “Load a Website”… but from where? Domain is just the name of your website but you need to put that website somewhere. It is more like your name. Let’s say people know you talk about blogging and stuff and want to meet you to ask personally about it. Simply knowing you will not help them meet you, right? You need to have a location and address to meet. Similarly for people to access your web site, it has to hosted somewhere. It is the address for your website and the website’s ‘files’.
So in simple words, if Domain is like a name for your website, then Web Hosting is the place for it to stay.
Web Hosting is a service which provides you with storage space on servers of the web host or the companies providing the hosting services. This space is where your domain points to, and from where all the data of your site is loaded and displayed on demand whenever the site is accessed by the users.
Just like you were to pay rent for a place you stay at or pay to own it, you have to pay for web hosting too. It is a service at the end of the day and like any other service it does cost money. But this cost is not very high – you can check a detailed post I wrote on costs for running a website over here.
At this stage the next question I get is – “But there are free options available, so why pay for hosting?”
Free Vs Paid Web Hosting:
Yes, there are ways to get a free website and that is where people often feel it is not worth spending money on website. The main reason for it is that you are not serious about your websites and are not looking at anything long term for it. If you are one of them, then stop reading right away as the next part of the post will be kind of useless for you. However, if you are serious about it, you need to understand not only why you need web hosting but also why you need a paid one.
Why you should not go for Free Web Hosting:
Yes you might have set up your website on a free service or set it up on Blogger (by Google) and feel that there is not need to pay anything for your website and are good to go.
Firstly if you talk about Blogspot or Blogger, yes it is a very good blogging and website platform which only require you to buy a domain and it the you are done. However it has its own limitations. While Blogger will let you monetize your blog, it has limited functionality and is not flexible enough. It is a great platform if you are just experimenting with blogging and stuff, but not ideally suited for a full fledged career as a blogger. WordPress wins hands down and the obvious choice should be self hosted WordPress installation.
Secondly, if you go for any other FREE website platforms, then you will never ever be able to monetize it (I just wrote a post in this and other reasons why website fail, check it over here) and it will have limits in terms of storage space you can use. Yes a website needs storage space, since you website has articles, images and other media etc, which needs to be stored somewhere to be loaded. Eventually you will be forced to pay for better resources or move out to a paid web hosting platform in order to make money from your blog.
Paid Web Hosting and Why you need it?
As I explained above, for any website to run, it will need a web host to load the data from. So that is why you need web hosting, and as you would have known by now, a FREE web hosting service will get you no where so it is better to invest in a good web hosting service.
Having said that picking up any web host is not advisable. Moreover there are lot of plans and type of web hosting packages to chose from: Share Hosting, VPS, Dedicated Server, and so on. I will be doing a post on types of web hosts soon. But for now here is something you need to know when picking a web host for your website.
Look for these things in a Web Host:
- Affordable Plans (starting a website should not leave you broke)
- Should have fast and responsive 24/7 Customer support (you never know when you might need them)
- Does it have SSD hosting (it will significantly speed up your website response times)
- How Reliable and Secure is the Web Hosting (you don’t should be worried about the site’s content and promotion and not server management)
- Data Center Location (the closer the data center to your country the better load speeds you might enjoy)
- Money Back Option (in case things don’t work out and you are not happy with the service, do you have the option to back out?)
Considering all the above factors, I generally recommend people to go for SiteGround for their web hosting requirements.
SiteGround is not only among the leading Web Hosting companies around, it has an awesome customer support in place and provide you a simple 1 click installation and setup for your websites. Moreover with SiteGround, you will not have to worry about the security issues as they will take care of that at their end. So all you need to worry about is content and promotion of your website.
And to add to this, the plans offered by them are very very affordable. It will cost your $3.95 a month or $47.40, this is Rs. 3,200 a year and they give a FREE Domain so you can save another $15 or nearly Rs. 900/- for buying the domain.
PS: I have personally used SiteGround for some sites and have experienced their awesome service and support.
You can check this link and get SiteGround Hosting at these affordable prices – Click Here
So, there you have it. Why you need Web Hosting and which web hosting to buy – I hope I have been able to answer all your questions in between. In case you need anything else, just leave your comments below. I will be more than happy to help out.
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