When your company is starting to grow, you reach a point where you realize you need a solid online presence. So you look into managed hosting.
After researching web hosting and learning the basics, you now know that your website needs a place where all its data can be safely stored and accessed by visitors. You now know that that location is called a server and web host. Hosts offer their web hosting services, provide servers where companies and individuals keep and manage their websites.
But maybe you have a few doubts and have stumbled across a few misleading headlines about hosting that you need clearing up. No worries, we’re here to clear everything up. Here are five myths you might believe about web hosting.
One of the biggest myths about web hosting is that it’s super expensive and out of your price range. This simply isn’t true, there are many different types of web hosting plans with wildly different price points to suit everyone.
Hosting companies know that different companies have different needs so they scale their offerings accordingly.
Here is a brief overview of the different options
Shared Hosting – Shared hosting is ideal for brochure sites, blog sites, test sites, and for companies who are just looking for an entry-level web presence.
Virtual Private Server (VPS) – Virtual Private Servers are a great option for businesses that have outgrown shared hosting and want to have dedicated resources at an affordable cost.
Dedicated Server/Managed Hosting – Colocation allows you to move your servers into the safe environment of a securely managed data centre whilst still retaining complete control over your servers.
Cloud Hosting – Businesses will often move over to a cloud hosting platform when they have been having hardware failures and frustrations that are impacting their business.
To find out more about the different types of hosting, read our simple guide to choosing the right hosting.
When choosing your server, the important thing is to know your website’s needs. Once you do, you can begin comparing prices and features that meet them. We always recommend talking to a hosting specialist who can help you pick the right plan for your needs.
You need a professional web developer
Many sites recommend getting a professional web designer to build your website first. Web designers are a great resource as they code beautiful websites from scratch but they are not in everyone’s budget.
Don’t worry, not having a web developer won’t stop you from building your website.
Content Management System (CMS) applications such as WordPress make web building easy, even if you know nothing about coding. They allow you to create sites using pre-built themes.
When it comes to sorting out your hosting, hosting companies can help you with the technical side, from their in-house experts, to easy to use systems and producing informative articles to guide you.
You can’t switch hosts
Another false belief some have is that once you’ve chosen a host, subscribed to the right package and bought and registered your domain name through this host, you are stuck with them forever. Which just isn’t true. You can change hosting providers whenever you want. You just need to know-how.
Moving a website is just a matter of backing up all the data from the first host, uploading it to the second, and then transferring the registration of your domain name.
Changing hosts will involve:
Signing up with a new host: It’s important to do this and make all the transfers before cancelling your subscription with the host you’re leaving.
Downloading/Exporting all files and databases: Remember you’re moving all the contents of your website to a new server, so you will need to back up your website and all those files and databases to be moved. Be aware that some web building platforms do not allow you to download or export your existing site files. Uploading/Importing all files and databases: Everything backed up from the previous host should now get added to the new host.
Running tests on the new website: To ensure that everything is functioning as it should. – Read more
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