The right choice of web hosting or website hosting is very important. It affects speed, security, and reliability. As a rule, the faster the website, the more efficient. Also, speed affects the ranking of search engines.
If you want to buy Web hosting, your options are essentially four:
1) Free web Hosting
The ideal choice for experimental and trial websites. For any other case, select a paid hosting package. Free hosting includes security and performance risks.
2) Shared Hosting
It is the right choice for the majority of websites. It’s the case where you share the server with other websites. Very economical option and will cover you fully if your website does not have too much hit volume.
3) Dedicated Hosting
In this case, you rent the entire Web server. This option is ideal for websites that have quite a large number of visitors and need increased security measures.
4) VPS Hosting
This is a virtual private server. With VPS hosting a server is divided into many parts that operate completely independently of each other. Ideal for those who want autonomy and do not want or cannot pay dedicated server.
Should I Buy Hosting Services from a Local Company or from a web hosting company from abroad?
There is a very large debate on the market about which hosting is best. Greek or foreign.
My experience says that the difference lies between the European hosting and American hosting. America, because the server is far away, presents a minimal delay, unlike in Europe where the pages are “served” faster.
In the same situation, if you live in an Asian Country and the server where your website is hosted is in any country in the Asian Region then you will not have any problem.
Note that I am from Greece.
Now, between European hosting and Greek, I have not seen any difference, so I recommend the European since the cost is much cheaper.
Many hosts advertise that with Greek hosting will help people in Greece rank better in Google.
In my view, this is a completely arbitrary conclusion. I offer SEO services (improve ranking on Google), I deal with the rankings professionally and I have not seen any difference in ranking when the host is in Greece in relation to whether it is somewhere in Europe.
Google’s website ranking criteria is something that few people know on the planet. The fact that the Greek hosting helps in the rankings is something we do not know for sure if applicable.
In my personal opinion, it is not true.
Let’s now look at some web hosting features to have a more complete picture.
1) Disk Space
It refers to the size of the site that will allow you the website hosting company to use. 1GB is enough space for most web pages. Much space “catch” for a site the pictures and accounts emails. (Number of emails, file attachments, etc).
Refers to the amount of data that is transferred to the visitor when it opens your pages. 99% of websites do not carry more than 2GB per month. If you have picked a package that offers 1GB bandwidth and your site surpass it, then or you will have to pay a fine, or your site will stop working until the month is closed.
The subdomain is used if you want your pages to be in the form of subdomain.domain.com, where domain.com, the main domain name of your website.
4) Accounts Emails
How many emails accounts can you have? (info @, sales @, etc)
5) Parked domains
Parked domains are used when you want 2 domains with a different suffix to display the same website. If in a navigator, enter www.makemoneyonline.com or www.makemoneyonline.gr, you will end up on the same site, using all 2 domain names.
6) FTP Access
File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is the best way to transfer files to your site.
7) Dedicated IP Address
If a web hosting provider offers dedicated IP address, then your site will have its own unique IP. If not, then you will share a shared IP with other websites. Sharing an IP address with other sites poses the following risk. If one of these sites uses illegal methods to enlist high on search engines, there is a risk that search engines can block all websites that use the same IP address.
This is a phenomenon rarely happens, but I think it is better to have your head quiet.
8) Detailed Website Statistics
If the web hosting provider does not offer detailed statistics, so you have full insight into how your site is performing, don’t bother at all with that particular provider.
9) Uptime Guarantee
The uptime guarantee is vital to your business. Look for web hosting providers that offer uptime guarantee from 99.5% and up. 99.5% means that this particular provider guarantees that your site will always work, by 99.5%.
If a search engine sends a web crawler or spider, to your site and at that time is inactive, you are likely to lose positions in the rankings, from that particular search engine.
More about search engines and how they work, see the Web Promotion section.
In the case of web hosting services, the motto that says “What you pay” is not valid. For the same price, you can choose an excellent hosting company or a not so good to moderate.
Spend some time before deciding. Use the technical features I already mentioned to make the best choice. By the way, satoshisbrain.com has compiled a good list with companies that you can buy hosting.