Your website’s data or files has to be saved on a server, as whenever someone searches for data you created, this server sends your file to that visitor. This server is called web host, which provides web hosting.
When you want to create a blog, then you should also focus on the hosting part for speed and SEO.
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What is web hosting ?
Whenever you or your organization wants to post a website or your webpage on the Internet, you will need a service called web hosting.
To fulfill this requirement you will need a web host or hosting service provider, to equip you with the tools needed for your website to be available online. Your website will be stored on a special computer called server.
Whenever a surfer types your website address or domain name into a browser to visit your website, then their computer will automatically connect to your server and your website’s data will be delivered to them.
Types of web hosting
You can choose different types of hosting according to your needs –
1. Shared Hosting
If you are a beginner in blogging, then shared Hosting is perfect for you. Your website will share the server with multiple other websites.
Various server resources like RAM and CPU are shared with others. Because of sharing the cost of this hosting is comparatively low.
Many Shared Hosting provides you with tools like : WordPress, Website builder, Email option. If you do not have a large amount of traffic then shared hosting is good for you.
2. VPS Hosting
If you are an advanced user, traffic on your website has increased, then you can opt to VPS hosting.
This is in between shared hosting and dedicated server( personal server). This provides a blogger with more storage space and customization.
Those who started to feel the need of a dedicated server but still don’t want the full control, can opt for this.
This will cost you approximately to the price of shared hosting but with more control including specific software selection and tools.
3. Dedicated server
If you want full control and personal server for your website then you buy a dedicated server. You have full access and control on the operating system you run and security. This hosting is the costliest among all.
Websites like amazon use this hosting because of its tremendous traffic. High traffic of websites are on the dedicated server.
4. Cloud Hosting
Because of technological advancements, cloud hosting has become possible. In this many computers are working together with many computing resources via network.
These resources are used from different servers, reducing the possibility of server malfunction.
As your website grows, it uses resources as much as it needs. But you have to only pay for the resources you need.
Before buying a Hosting analyze 2 things
• Data transfer
Many of us don’t know much about Bandwidth and Data transfer, and also consider both the same. But both these terms are totally different.
In a single way, the amount of data which can be transferred is called bandwidth.
The maximum amount of data allowed to be transferred is called Data transfer.
Understand with an example, if bandwidth is a gate the bigger the gate the more people can pass through it.
Then Data transfer will be the number of persons allowed to pass the gate in a given time period.
Effects of Hosting
If the Data transfer is not enough then many times you will find your website unavailable. As the maximum limit of data to be transferred will get over. So check the Data transfer before buying a Hosting.
Good or bad hosting can affect the speed of your website, resulting in high or low Google ranking. Yes, it can affect your SEO. If users have to wait they will bounce back, this create a bad impression of your website infront of Google and users too. So you have to do your SEO right.
To calculate the amount of data transfer enough for your website:
Visitors per day = V = 40
Avg page size of your website = A = 20 kb
Page views per visit = P = 5 pages
Data transfer period ( mostly month) = 30 days
Data transfer = V×A×P×30 days
=40 × 20kb × 5 pages × 30 days
You can calculate data transfer needed with this method.
And you should have enough bandwidth to load your website. If you have less bandwidth and more visitors come to your website together, then your website will load slowly.
Your visitors have to wait, and that can affect your authority and visitors will come again because of this impression.
Considering all the aspects I will recommend you unlimited bandwidth and data transfer plans for the hosting.
And if you have an issue of budget then try to calculate the need of your website with the help of above methods.
Then select a proper plan. Never compromise with bandwidth and data transfer as it is directly related to the viewers experience.
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