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What is web hosting?

A web host is a service that allows organizations and individuals to store their website or web page on a private server (computer) for viewing on the Internet. Many people don’t even realize that they can host their webpage right from their own personal computer. The problem with that today is that most personal computers do not have the proper security in place to prevent hackers in one extreme case and on a lighter note simply do not have their computer on 100% of the time for people to access the web page files. In all truth, you probably wouldn’t want your computer on all day with people all around the world have an access to it. For this reason, there are web hosting companies that provide the security and uptime (meaning that the server your website files are stored on our nearly 100% accessible 24 hours out of the day without being cut off or inaccessible).

Web hosting service providers are businesses that provide technologies and services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed on the Internet. Some of these services include content management service (CMS) platforms such as WordPress, Joomla!, wiki, etc. Hosting companies also provide services such as email and web page redirecting.

When online users want to access your website files or in layman terms your webpage, they would type your website address or domain name into their browser. Through the Internet, their computer will then connect to your servers IP address (computer) and your webpages will be processed and presented for their viewing through their preferred browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.

Where can I get hosting at?

Today, there are many hosting options out there. With so many to choose from how do you know which one is potentially right for you? In this section, we are going to cover three of the top hosting providers and what services they have to assist you in hosting your website.

HostGator

Host gator is one of the most popular hosting service companies online today. Host gator was founded in 2002, serves hundreds of thousands of customers, has over 500 employees, and has entered markets both domestic and international.

Host gator has three main packages for their web hosting plans. The hatchling plan, the baby plan, and the business plan. The hatchling plan and the baby plan only have one significant difference and that is the hatchling plan only allows you to host one domain while the baby plan allows you to host unlimited domains. The business plan, however, allows you to have a private SSL (secure socket layer), IP address and a free voice phone service. All plans include unlimited subdomain, FTP accounts, email accounts, a 99.9% uptime guarantee and a no contract with the 45-day money back guarantee. Host gator offers many more features than those that are listed in this article, however, of all the features the most important is that they have 24/7/365 phone support live chat and ticket system. So if you ever get caught in the jam using their services they can and will help you.

For more information on HostGator: https://www.hostgator.com/

GoDaddy

In my opinion, Go Daddy would be the next most recognized hosting company, however, Go Daddy was not originally recognized for hosting. Go Daddy was accompanied that was started in 1997 during the beginnings of the development of the public Internet. Go Daddy hails its origins as a domain registrar by provided its clients with the ability to purchase and own domain names in order to develop their web properties. In October 2013, Go Daddy acquired a hosting service provider called Media Temple and several other hosting providers since and began to provide hosting services to their clients. Like host gator, Go Daddy provides 99.9% server uptime with excellent 24/7 customer support. They also provide a cPanel for users to execute one click installs for the content management platforms. Go Daddy is filled with feature-rich services and competitive pricing. However, their email offerings in shared hosting limitations still leave something to be desired. Whether you’re just starting out online or have some experience working with websites and hosting Go Daddy should certainly be in top competition for your selection.

For more information on Go Daddy: https://www.godaddy.com/hosting/web-hosting

DreamHost


Dream host similar to Go Daddy started at the dawn of the public online experience in 1996. It is a Los Angeles-based web hosting provider and domain name registrar similar to GoDaddy, of course, the difference is dream host was primarily a hosting company than a domain registrar company. Dream host of the long list of features to use for your personal and business related hosting needs. Like the other hosting accounts dream host has shared hosting, WordPress hosting, virtual private server (VPS), DreamHost C- Paneland plenty of options for webmasters to develop attractive sites.

Unlike host gator and Go Daddy dream host has hosting plans starting at $10.95 per month or $9.95 per month with a one-year commitment. This package offers unlimited storage space, unlimited domains, email, and monthly data transfers. In addition to this like most of the hosting companies, they rule to give you a free domain but you have to pay the registration fee for additional domains.

DreamHost will offer you a user-friendly will cPanel platform in which you can access all their features and the content management platforms. They have excellent customer service and we would recommend keeping dream host in the top of your list for consideration when looking for hosting companies.

For more information on DreamHost: https://www.dreamhost.com/hosting/shared/

These hosting companies are just a few of the most notable hosting companies out of hundreds perhaps even thousands of hosting companies. While many of the top-tier hosting companies are relatively the same just be careful when trying to go to cheap on your hosting as you may run into customer support challenges. This can turn into a big issue if you’re not familiar with engaging hosting services or using cPanel dashboards. For more information on hosting continue to review our blog post as will go into some more the technical aspects of hosting or you can contact us directly and we can provide some guidance on a few of your issues.

For more information on hosting continue to review our blog post as will go into some more the technical aspects of hosting or you can contact us directly and we can provide some guidance on a few of your issues.