Our today’s article is the next step in How to Start a Blog Step by Step Guide. You might have heard enough about web hosting. But there are many things out there which you should definitely know to start a blog & make it successful. This post is truly a beginners guide to web hosting.
As we now understand that why WordPress is the best blogging platform, we should know the basics of web hosting. I have already shared that, one can start blogging without any knowledge or skill, but as time progresses, s/he has to seriously learn many things to make blogging a profession.
So let us go though the web hosting step by step guide.
What is Web Hosting and Why do I Need it?
A laymen’s term web hosting means nothing but the storage or place where your websites files are stored. Generally we call it a server.
Now what is a server?
A Web Server is a very big computer with huge memory and high performing parts, which will run continuously without stopping for a second. It is like our computer hard disk, where we store our files.
In a web hosting server, one has to buy a small space to keep the websites files. So that website can be visible from the entire world.
What are website files?
A website is nothing but a combination of files. E.g. most common files are: About Us, Contact Us etc. When we talk about a blog, every article or blog post creates a page. Now all the pages are called from a single page via coding so that the website looks as per our expectation.
To keep all this files safely at one place, one has to buy some space form a hosting company.
So, I hope it is clear enough about what is web hosting. Now, the next question is how many types of hosting are there?
Different type of web hosting
There are couple of different types of web hosting plans one can buy to host a website. It actually depends on how big is your website, how much traffic it is able to fetch etc. Understanding the types will help you to choose for the best plan.
Shared Hosting vs Dedicated Hosting vs Cloud Hosting vs VPS
Shared hosting Plans
As the name suggest, with this hosting plan you will get a space from the hosting provider in which many other websites are also hosted. This is mainly good for a low traffic website, as the more traffic means it may eat the bandwidth of other websites of that pool.
Although almost every company mention about unlimited space, I believe for shared hosting the max space occupied by a website is decided. One can’t cross that limit. Otherwise your website may go down or they will ask you to upgrade your hosting by choosing a dedicated hosting or any other upgrade plan. I faced the same with BigRock hosting.
Virtual private servers VPS web hosting
Again I will stress on the same, virtual server. Means your website will be hosted on a dedicated virtual server, but in actual it will share space with others. This may give better performance compared to shared hosting. But again for a high volume traffic again there might be some disadvantages.
Dedicated Server Hosting
Now, with this one should understand that if your website has very high traffic, you can buy a Dedicated Hosting Service from your hosting provider. For all big websites, this is mandatory to run a website without any downtime.
Cloud Hosting is nothing but the very larger picture of web hosting. With Cloud Hosting, one can expect a far better results.
Managed WordPress Hosting
Now this is a customized hosting term. With Managed WordPress Hosting, every hosting provider includes couple of services, tools to make blogging easy.
So, we have enough knowledge about web hosting and their various types. Now the next question is how to decide which hosting service is best for WordPress blog?
How to choose a web hosting plan?
Few obvious questions playing your mind might be:
- It should be a cheap web hosting
- It should be less technical stuffs with more automated tools
- It should be a good hosting service provider with high recommendations form others
- If the billing cycle could be lesser
If you need a hassle free and featured packed hosting then a managed hosting service might be a good option. But again it may cost you more than shared hosting. BlueHost is also one of the best hosting provider as per the professionals.
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But the basic funda is to start with any share hosting plan with a monthly billing cycle. This will help you to blog on self hosted blogging platform at the same time you will feel paying less, as billing cycle is less. Most of the hosting companies provide only yearly billing plan, but there are few others as well.
Now which hosting service provider is best?
How to choose the best WordPress hosting provider?
To answer this question, you can read the article on How to Choose the Best WordPress Hosting. This will help you to find the best hosting provider for you.
Read the next step to know how to SetUp a WordPress Blog.
Hope you will find this beginners guide to web hosting useful. So which web hosting services are you using?