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How To Choose a Hosting Service For Your Website or Blog? (And, How I Chose Mine)

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One thing that makes self-hosting difficult is having no idea which hosting service is perfect for your website or blog. At first, I bought hosting based on price without knowing what’s included in the plan I bought and its cons and pros. I end up unsatisfied and disappointed. So, I’m sharing what I’ve learned about hosting so for others not to end up unsatisfied and disappointed by wasting money on wrong hosting.
For those who don’t understand what hosting mean, hosting is simply what you need to make website or blog live online. It has the disk space that carries all the content of a website such as images, texts, and other files. It is also what keeps a website online on the internet. Without the hosting, the website will not be accessible online. So, it is important to choose your hosting well. Basically, it is the house of your website.
On this post,
  • I’ll explain briefly the following type of hosting: web hosting, wordpress hosting, shared hosting, reseller, business, dedicated and vps
  • I’ll share tips on choosing which hosting provider should you choose
  • Lastly, I’ll share my how I chose my hosting plan
What type of hosting should you buy?
On web hosting, you have to manually set up or install any CMS (platform) you want to use to build your website. You can build your website using any other platform such as WordPress, Joomla or Magento. You have all the control on a web hosting. Basically, this is the main type of hosting service that providers offer.
Under web hosting comes more types:
WordPress Hosting — Some companies offer a web hosting that has WordPress pre-installed in it and everything you need to start a website on WordPress. This hosting works for WordPress platform only. That is why they call this service as WordPress hosting.
Shared Hosting — This is a web hosting that shares space with other websites hosted on your server. Depends on the web hosting plan, some plans host only one website and some host more than one. It is cheaper, basic and common type of web hosting but the disadvantage is when one website is busy (uses much CPU), it leads to down time of all websites hosted on that server. Since it is a shared hosting, the activity of one website can affect the rest of the websites.
Reseller Hosting — This is also a shared hosting. So, everything I mentioned about shared hosting applies to this type. The only difference is you can sell web hosting space to your clients. On shared hosting, although you can host many websites, you can not sell your space. You are also given privileges as a reseller and other tools you need to set up your hosting business.
VPS Hosting — This is technically both shared hosting and dedicated hosting. It is like a dedicated server within a shared hosting environment. Some resources are just yours while some resources are shared with others. It’s more expensive than shared hosting and cheaper than dedicated hosting. This is suitable for those who can manage and repair hosting-related issues.
Dedicated Hosting — This hosting is like owning your own house. You own and manage everything. No one else is sharing the resources you have. This is the largest and most expensive hosting service. You are totally responsible of everything that needs to be repaired or fixed and everything that needs to be maintained.
Probably now you have idea which hosting service suits your needs. To help you further in choosing a web hosting, take note of the following:
  • If you need to host one website or more than one but small websites, then a shared hosting or basic web hosting may suit your needs.
  • Check the disk space provided by the hosting plan and check it if it is enough for your websites. Unlimited disk space and bandwidth is a plus.
  • If you want to host one website and you don’t want to manually install wordpress, then choose a WordPress hosting.
  • The suitable hosting plan for small-medium blogs is either shared hosting or wordpress hosting.
  • If you want to start a small hosting business then start with a reseller hosting. You must still get support from your hosting provider if your clients websites’ have issues. However, you need to have some knowledge on how to access and manage your hosting account and fix hosting-related issues.
  • If you have large websites and you have a staff in-charge in managing your hosting or if you have technical knowledge on how to manage your hosting account, then you may try either VPS hosting or dedicated hosting.
  • If you want to expand your business, by increasing the disk space and bandwidth you want to offer to your clients then you can upgrade to dedicated hosting. But, you may need some staff or assistant to help you in managing this kind of hosting.
Choosing a web hosting is confusing. When I chose my first hosting plan, it took me months because I was clueless which plan would satisfy my needs. I wanted to host two websites but I did not have a budget to purchase a plan that could host more than one website so I started with a basic shared hosting that has unlimited disk space and bandwidth but can only host one website. After few months, I upgraded my plan to the same shared hosting but a plan that can host more than one website.
Eventually, I decided to include hosting to my web design service so I upgraded to a reseller account. Although I could host more than one website on a shared hosting, it was not appropriate and legal to charge clients for that. So, I upgraded to a basic reseller plan and as the websites of clients increase I upgrade my reseller account too. I may be upgrading further and adding some add ons that would improve my hosting business.
I hope by now, some confusions are cleared and someone you have an idea on what hosting plan is for you.
Najmah is a 23 year old Filipino Muslim, Clinical Nutritionist and Med student. Born and raised in Saudi Arabia. Living in the Philippines since 2010. By Najmah contains posts about her life lessons, personal excellence and journey to becoming a doctor. You can also find her blogging on The Muslim Bricks

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