What is a Web Host?

by | Jun 8, 2020 | Marketing, Website Design, Website Security, Websites | 0 comments

Finding the right web host for your business or individual site can be a huge task. There are so many web hosts today that it can be hard to determine which ones provide excellent service, which ones can give you a great deal, and which ones you should just plain avoid.

In this article, we break down everything you need to know about web hosting. We hope that with this information, you can find the web host that makes the most sense for you or your business. Plus, armed with this knowledge, you should be able to avoid costly mistakes and maybe save a little money, too.  

What is a web host?

To explain what a web host is and does, we first have to dig into how the internet works.

When you type a domain name into your browser, like www.quantumrenegade.com, your browser asks different pieces of internet infrastructure for the website’s IP address, in a process known as DNS resolution.

Like a postal address tells you where you can go to find a house, the IP address tells your browser what server it needs to go to find the website you’re looking for. Without the IP address, you wouldn’t be able to access a website.  

Servers are the places where websites live. They’re a special kind of computer that can run around the clock and are optimized for delivering sites or other applications as quickly as possible.

Setting up and running a server requires extensive technical understanding. Servers can also be costly. Many large businesses run their servers for their business website and other technical operations. Still, the high cost of staffing and the servers themselves means that many medium and small businesses can’t afford to purchase and operate servers.

The good news for smaller businesses is that web hosts exist to bridge that gap. Web hosting companies provide access to servers as a service.  

To make the service cost-effective, most customers of a web hosting company won’t be paying for a full server. Instead, they will be paying to use a portion of a server’s resources, and in most cases, that provides more than enough performance for a small business’ needs. In an upcoming section, we’ll cover the different kinds of server configurations available for companies that use web hosts.

Why do businesses need a web host?

The biggest reason that companies may use a web host instead of using their own servers is the high price of servers. A decent server will cost around $1500, though high-quality ones can be $10,000 or more. Plus, you need someone who knows how to operate it and troubleshoot it if something goes wrong. The average server technician salary is around $55,000 per year.

You’ll also need to provide a good internet connection and ensure that the server is kept in a climate-controlled place and away from water.

Another piece of equipment you’ll want to have is an uninterrupted power supply (UPS), which will keep your server running and your website up if and when your power goes out. Between the equipment and the operation, the expense of running a server can add up quickly.

Contrastingly, web hosts can cost as little as a few dollars per month. Price, more than any other single factor, is what drives businesses to use a web host.

However, cost isn’t the only reason to consider an external web host. If you own a web server and it breaks, you could lose all of your website’s information and have to foot the bill to replace it. Web hosts have redundant systems that keep your website up even when servers break down. As a result, you won’t lose your website in a freak accident, and the host foots the bill if and when a server breaks.

Plus, most web hosts use highly secure and well-guarded data centers, which makes it extremely difficult for attackers to get access to yours and your customer’s data. If you keep servers on your premises, you could end up being responsible for a data breach if the server is accessed without your knowledge or is outright stolen.

An increasing number of large businesses have started using web hosts for lower costs and better security. Amazon Web Services, which provides web hosting and advanced infrastructure, boasts major clients like Netflix, Twitch, Facebook, LinkedIn, and General Electric. GE reported that it cut its costs in half when it moved to AWS, as opposed to running servers on its own.

So, web hosting isn’t just a discount good. It’s an increasingly viable method of saving money and getting high-quality performance for your website.  

While you may not have the infrastructure needs to justify Amazon Web Service’s high cost of entry, the good news is that there are a ton of other web hosting companies that cater to smaller businesses, and can give you a great deal.

What are the types of web hosting?

Next, we’re going to cover the major types of web hosting and explain the pros and cons of each so that you can find the solution that works best for you.

How does shared hosting work?

Because of its extremely low cost, shared hosting is the solution chosen by most small businesses and personal websites. On a shared hosting plan, your website will live on a single physical server alongside many other websites owned by other people.

Because the combined traffic will be relatively low, the websites on a shared server will be able to share resources without overtaxing the physical hardware. As web hosts can fit many sites on a single server, they can dramatically cut the hosts for each company. They can also optimize the process so that users can quickly install common website content management systems such as WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla.

These preinstalled server configurations can save you a lot of time, and allow you to put a website together from scratch in the space of an afternoon. The host also usually provides a c-panel or similar system that will enable you to manage your website, add emails, and perform other necessary functions through a visual interface. A visual interface allows you to make changes to your server by clicking buttons, instead of by writing code.

However, shared hosting isn’t without its flaws. Servers have operating systems, just like computers. Certain websites and applications are designed and optimized to run on specific server types. Unfortunately, most shared hosting plans offer few or no choices of server operating systems.

Since you’re sharing physical infrastructure with other websites, spikes in traffic on those websites can mean that the server runs more slowly for everyone. That can lead to a noticeable, negative impact on your website’s performance.

Overall, shared hosting is still an excellent choice for most small businesses, as it gives you the basics you need to host a functional website for a meager monthly cost.

What is VPS hosting?

A Virtual Private Server or VPS hosting is a step up from shared hosting. The most significant difference between the two is that with a VPS, you get access to the server’s kernel. The kernel is the piece of software that serves as a bridge between the operating system and the physical hardware that makes up the server, enabling them to talk to each other.

As a result, kernel access is extremely powerful, as it allows you to select an operating system and make advanced changes to how the server operates.

If you’re looking to optimize your website’s speed, run an uncommon server OS, such as OpenLightSpeed, or perform other advanced tasks, a VPS is a great way to get the control you need. VPS setups also generally come with more resources, such as more CPU cores, more RAM, and more storage, relative to shared hosting. These resources let you build a bigger website, and ideally, make it load faster as well. 

Many VPS setups are also designed for easy scaling. If you experience a growth in monthly users that begins to strain your website, you can generally upgrade to get more resources for your website within an hour or so.

However, the power that you get with a VPS comes with some downsides. Successfully launching a website on a VPS is more time-consuming than it is with most shared hosting providers. It also typically requires far more technical knowledge, so it can be a bad choice for novices.

VPS hosting is also generally more expensive, starting at about double what you’d pay for a shared server. However, the prices can climb dramatically if you decide to scale your website capacity and can quickly become hundreds of dollars per month.

Overall, VPS hosting is excellent for companies for a low or moderate amount of traffic, who value the ability to optimize their website, and who anticipate needing to scale up their capabilities in the near to medium future.

What is cloud hosting?

Cloud hosting is a relatively new innovation in web hosting. The basic premise of cloud hosting is that instead of putting your website on a single physical server, your website will be hosted in the Cloud. Consequently, your website will be physically present on multiple servers, generally spread across a geographic area.

Cloud hosting can lead to faster response times when users access your website, as users will be retrieving information from an area that is physically closer to them. It also means that busy or overloaded servers will be able to pass requests for your website to other servers that have your website but are under less load.

The process we just described is called “loading balancing,” and it can speed up your website and reduce downtime due to overloaded servers.

Because your website is so widely distributed on cloud hosting, your website becomes mostly immune to server failure, as a single server failing just leads to requests being forward to other copies of your website on other servers. Also, like with VPS hosting, cloud hosting can generally be scaled up quickly and easily, making it an excellent choice for companies who anticipate growth.

One key difference between cloud hosting and other hosting types is that the billing differs. Instead of charging a flat monthly rate, cloud hosts charge you based on how much of each resource you use in a month. That means that your price will vary from month to month.

For small businesses with relatively low website traffic, the cost will be more consistent, but the month-to-month swings can be more costly for larger enterprises.

Like with VPS hosts, you generally get more options when it comes to server configuration that you usually can’t get with shared hosting.

And, since your website will spread across many physical servers, you may not be able to get root access. While many users will not need root access, many advanced server optimizations and tasks are only possible when you have root access to your server.

Cloud hosting’s redundant nature makes it attractive to businesses that want to ensure that their website or other application is available online at all times. However, this leads to it being more expensive than VPS or shared hosting.

Overall, cloud hosting is a potent tool, but it requires more technical knowledge than other types of hosting to get the most out of it. That, combined with the higher price, means it’s a better choice for tech-savvy companies who anticipate having a global audience or at least moderately high traffic to their websites.

What is dedicated hosting?

Dedicated hosting is a web hosting service that gives you an entire server all to yourself. That gives you an incredible amount of control over server configuration, and also prevents performance problems related to sharing the server with other users.

Dedicated servers tend to come with significantly more resources than what you find in basic shared, VPS, and Cloud hosting plans. For example, most other plans only give you a single core or a part of a core in processing power. With a dedicated plan, you’ll probably start with four or eight cores, all of which belong to you.

You’ll also have complete control over the security of your server, which is helpful if you have regulatory requirements for how you handle information.

Given the advanced configuration options and control, as well as the resources that you’re getting access to, it’s not surprising that the dedicated server is one of the most expensive hosting options. Still, it’s likely cheaper than buying and managing a server on your own.

The least expensive dedicated server options starts at around $50 per month. However, many providers start at about $100 per month, and mid-tier servers often start at around $150 per month. Consequently, dedicated servers are at minimum 10 to 20 times as expensive as shared hosting, though you’re getting a lot more power and customization for the price.

It’s also the option that generally requires the most technical expertise. If you aren’t comfortable with managing a server on your own and you don’t have someone on your staff who can handle it, it’s likely going to be a poor fit for your business.

How to choose the right web host

Getting the right hosting provider is something of a Goldilocks situation. If you don’t have enough server resources, your website will load and run slowly, which often leads to lower website conversions and poor overall user experiences.

On the other hand, you could be spending a lot on your web hosting. Maybe your website is snappy and fast, but you could achieve the same results for less money each month. Or, you could be paying a lot and getting poor performance from a crummy web host, which is easily the worst-case scenario.

The challenge with web hosting isn’t ultimately about finding the lowest price or the best performance for your business. It’s about finding the right fit, or the point where you get the performance you need to have a fast-loading website without paying for server resources that you’re not using.

In short, there’s no one perfect web host that’s going to be a good fit for all businesses. The good news is that shared hosting is almost always the right place to start if you’re just getting started with your website.

If you’re not getting more than a few hundred visitors per day on your website, then you’re unlikely to be taxing your server or approaching your plan limits and risking an overage charge or your website going down.

If you’re looking for a shared hosting plan that won’t break the bank, check out hosting by Quantum Renegade. We offer shared hosting for just $4.99 per month. It comes with both unlimited storage and unlimited bandwidth, so you won’t have to worry about going over your plan limits if you have an especially good month.

It also comes with 10GB of backup storage, so you can keep a copy of your website in case anything goes wrong, plus 40GB of mail storage, so you can send and receive as many emails as you need. We also install WordPress for you, at no extra charge. Check it out now!

How does web hosting impact your business?

The most significant way in which web hosting impacts businesses, in general, is related to performance. Most good web hosts will help facilitate good loading times, and make it easy to optimize your website for speed. However, not every hosting service excels in this area, so you have to be careful when choosing which one you’re going to use.

The worst-case scenario is that your host doesn’t provide enough CPU resources, then throttles your bandwidth, both of which can severely delay loading times.

Slower website loading times are a massive problem for businesses. For one, users expect a website to load quickly. A one-second delay in load time can lead to a 7 percent drop in conversions, which is money out of your pocket. For another, page abandonment increases dramatically with each additional second users have to wait for your webpage to load. Nearly a quarter of potential visitors will leave the page if it hasn’t loaded in four seconds.

However, your website’s speed depends on more factors than just your host. The way you build your site and the steps you take to optimize it can have a considerable impact as well. But, if your server isn’t great, or you have your performance regularly throttled by your web host, then your efforts to speed up your website and make more money will be far less effective.

The other way in which businesses hurt themselves with website hosting is either by paying too much or too little relative to their needs. Few small businesses need more than shared hosting, yet many shell out money for dedicated servers thinking that’s the only option. That’s an outdated way of thinking, and it costs businesses a ton of money every year.

At the other end of the spectrum, some businesses stay on shared hosting, even when their online traffic grows to incredible levels. This kind of neglect can lead to your website’s performance substantially degrading, and may ultimately cost you more in lost revenue than upgrading your servers would.

What are the different kinds of server resources?

Before you choose a kind of hosting for your business, you need to understand the different types of server resources and understand how a hosting provider will control them in different plans.

The major kinds of resources that will vary from one hosting plan to another are storage, bandwidth, CPU usage, memory, server and kernel access, email accounts and storage, and domains and subdomains.

Storage

Storage, also known as disk space, is an essential but sometimes misunderstood part of website hosting. Storage refers to the amount of space that you have on a server in which you can build your website. If you go over that limit, you could be forced to upgrade your plan or pay overage charges. In some circumstances, the server will reject new changes that would cause you to go over your limit

The amount of storage included in a hosting plan varies wildly between hosts. For example, popular host a2 Hosting gives users 100 GB of storage in their basic shared hosting plan, while HostGator provides unlimited storage, meaning you can upload as much content as you want for free.

Is unlimited storage worth a lot? That depends on your website. Bigger websites with more pages, and more big files, such as images or videos, will take up more space. Lean websites won’t take up much space at all.

A good rule of thumb is to take a look at the median webpage size when thinking about how much storage space you’ll need. According to HTTPArchive, the median webpage size is about 2000 KB. That means you could fit 500 webpages with just 1 GB of disk space. 500 pages is far more than most companies use.

However, every website is made up of more than just webpages. Websites have databases that contain the information needed to build webpages. Plus, you may be using a CMS like WordPress, which will take up a few megabytes of storage. And, the images you’re using, and your email contributes to that total.

The median WordPress website fits in about 1 GB of disk space. Some will be bigger, and some will be smaller, so getting on a plan that offers 5 or 10 GB of storage should be enough to build a quality website without worrying about going over your storage limits.

Or you can always hop on a hosting plan with unlimited storage, which lets you build to your heart’s content.

Bandwidth/Data Transfer

Unfortunately, many web hosting companies refer to bandwidth and data transfer interchangeably, even though they refer to different things. Bandwidth is the amount of data that can flow into and out of your website at once. The higher this number, the faster the transfer will be. Data transfer is usually used to refer to limits set on how much total data can go in or out of your website in a given month.

A limit on your bandwidth will limit how fast your website will load, and as we’ve already covered, slow-loading websites can hurt your bottom line. Most hosting providers are generous with bandwidth, though some of the cheaper services sometimes get stingy in this area.

A limit on your data transfer could mean that you face costly overage fees if your website has a busy month. The good news is that surges in traffic are usually predictable before they occur. If your website is growing in popularity, then you may want to upgrade to a plan with a higher data transfer limit or unmetered bandwidth before you get too close to your limits.

Other web hosting providers avoid talking about bandwidth or data transfer, and instead directly limit how many users you can have in a single month. Like with data transfer, you’re unlikely to suddenly go over the plan’s limits in most circumstances, but if you’re experiencing steady growth in website users, it may be a good idea to upgrade sooner rather than later to avoid costly overage charges.

For reference, both a2 Hosting and HostGator provide unlimited data transfer on their basic hosting plans, though this is not the case with all hosting services.

Server and Kernel Access

If you want to do advanced programming on your server, you’re going to need access to the Secure Shell (SSH). Not all web hosts provide access to the SSH since you can use it to make significant changes to the server. Other times, you’ll have access to the SSH, but your access level won’t always have the privileges needed to make all kinds of changes.

Both HostGator and a2 Hosting provide SSH access for free in their basic packages.

Likewise, if you want to install an OS on your server, you’ll need kernel access. Neither company provides kernel access in their base packages, and you only have the option of a few different OS types on both services.

The good news is that these are features you won’t need access to unless you’re comfortable with technical operations. If you’re looking for a company that can help you get speedy WordPress hosting using kernel access, check out our Super-fast WordPress Hosting.

CPU Usage

While it would be nice to be able to give you specific numbers to work with, measuring CPU usage can be tricky. The metrics used to measure how much performance you’re getting varies significantly from one web hosting plan to another. Most web hosts aren’t usually giving you access to a full CPU anymore, though a few, like a2 Hosting, still publicly declare how many cores you get in each plan.

Microsoft Azure instead describes the power you get by a related phrase: “virtual CPU” or “vCPU.” Hostgator avoids saying CPU at all in many of its plans and instead tells you you’re getting “2x compute power,” whatever that means.

One more complicating problem is that CPUs vary based on the type of chip that they’re on. Newer chips tend to be more powerful but are also generally more expensive to use. Also, web hosts don’t always disclose what type of servers they’re using, which can make apples-to-apples comparisons difficult.

If you want to make sure that you’re not exceeding your plan limits, you should occasionally check your website’s usage, which will be documented by all reputable hosts. Maxing out your CPU power will lead to poor website performance. If the CPU usage averages around 70-80 percent, or spikes to 100 percent and stays there for extended amounts of time, it’s time to upgrade to a new plan with more CPU power.

Memory

Memory, technically known as Random Access Memory(RAM), is used by servers to pass data from storage to the CPU in a manner faster than if it was processed directly from one to the other. The more users on your website, the more memory it will need to run quickly.

Memory is also used to cache content. Cached content includes things like images, webpages, and store items. Since memory can be read faster than storage, cached objects in the server’s memory can be delivered to users much quicker than if they were taken directly from storage.

Consequently, the amount of memory you need also depends on how much or little caching you plan to do.

WordPress requires that your server have at least 512 MB of RAM. For most small businesses with a small website and a few hundred users a day or fewer, you’ll do just fine with 1 GB of RAM.

Email Accounts and Storage

One of the best benefits of owning a business website is that you can get appropriately branded emails. Something to watch out for when choosing your web hosting company is how they handle email. Most hosting plans support at least 500 email addresses in their basic package, though many companies now offer unlimited email accounts in all packages.

The other thing you should keep an eye out for is whether the server comes with discrete email storage, and if so, how much the host provides. You can fit around 10,000 emails per gigabyte of storage if they don’t have any images or attachments in them.

Most hosts either provide unlimited email storage or a modest amount, typically no more than five gigabytes. The unlimited isn’t always “unlimited” in practice, as excessive usage can constitute a terms of service disagreement. Most hosting also comes with “webmail” access, such as Roundcube or Horde. Web hosts use these programs because they’re free. Webmail typically doesn’t provide that great of a user experience, especially for businesses.

As a result, many businesses turn to paying for G Suite Email, which starts at $6 per user per month. That’s a price tag that adds up quickly, especially if you have a few employees.

What most small business owners don’t realize is that they can use Google mail for their emails for free. With a protocol such as IMAP or POP, you can access your work emails in a free, personal Gmail account, which by the way, comes with 15 GB of storage.

You will miss out on some of the advanced management and security features that come with a G Suite subscription if you go with this method. However, for most soloprenuers and small businesses, the premium service’s tools won’t save you enough time to justify paying for them in the first place.

Domains and Subdomains

Domains are the part of your website that people type into the bar at the top of a browser to visit your site. For example, the domain of the website you’re on is quantumrenegade.com. Domains include important routing information that enables your computer to find the server that your website lives on and transmit the necessary information needed to display the website.

While this will vary from one hosting company to another, and from plan to plan, most shared web hosting packages come with support for a single domain. However, you can purchase plans that allow you to host more domains, but you generally have to pay more for that privilege. You also have to consider that having more websites in a single shared web hosting account will require more resources like storage, CPU, and RAM.

If the hosting package doesn’t have enough resources, you could run out of space or be left with low-performing websites.

You also need to think about the subdomains that you’ll need before signing up for a hosting account. Subdomains look like “quantumrenegade.com/blog,” with the “/blog” portion being the subdomain. They can also look like “blog.quantumrenegade.com.”

Subdomains are used to separate parts of websites from other portions visually or in function. For example, you could use a subdomain on a WordPress multisite installation to install a second theme on a subdomain and give it a different look.

Many basic web hosting service options only come with a single domain. Some packages come with more, but rarely can you find more than five in a single package. Premium packages often include unlimited subdomains. However, it’s a good idea to keep track of your resource usage when you’re using multiple subdomains.

Another thing to consider when shopping for a web host is whether they offer a free domain or not. Domains generally aren’t expensive, especially if you’re not going for a short or popular name. Still, getting a free domain can save you a little bit of money. However, before you sign on the dotted line, you should find out if you own the domain or not, and have the right to move it to a new host if you decide to switch hosts when your current hosting service contract expires.

If not, it might be a better idea to purchase your domain through an inexpensive, powerful, and easy to use domain registrar like Google Domains. Since most web hosts support domains that are registered by 3rd parties, Google Domains is an excellent solution to use if you think you may switch between hosts in the future, or if you just want to have better control of your domain.

SSL Certificate

SSL certificates are an essential part of website security. They both protect the business from some malicious attacks, but are also crucial for keeping your users’ information private and secure, even if they’re making risky browsing choices. If you want to learn more about SSL certificates, check out our article that covers everything you need to know.

A web hosting service may offer you a free SSL certificate as a bonus for signing up. That’s a good deal, as SSL Certificates can be pricey in some circumstances. Or, they may offer you the option to generate an SSL certificate through the free, open-source service Let’s Encrypt.

Free SSL is a good solution for most businesses. However, free certificates may not work for companies as well as they would for personal sites. For example, if you’re using subdomains, you’ll need to issue a new certificate for each subdomain, or get a wildcard certificate, which covers unlimited subdomains plus your primary domain.

Wildcard certificates can cost hundreds of dollars, but you can get one from Quantum Renegade for just $124, plus free installation on WordPress websites.

Free SSL certificates also lack some features that can be found on paid certificates. Paid certificates can include organizational validation, which confirms the company or organization purchasing the certificate is who they say they are before the certificate is issued.

As a result, organizationally-validated organizations appear more reliable to online shoppers. Consequently, OV certificates are a valuable asset for a company trying to build up the trust needed to sell online.

Extended-validation certificates take organizational validation an extra step by confirming that the company or organization has also filed paperwork with appropriate government offices, which greatly increases the certification quality. Unfortunately, EV certificates can cost hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars, but through our special deals with the issuers, we’re able to offer them to you for just 129.99.

The right certificate for your business is going to vary based on your business type and online goals. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out, and we’ll help you find the right one for your business.

Does WordPress-specific hosting exist?

WordPress is a powerful tool that enables business owners and other users to build amazing websites without having to write a single line of code. Due to its popularity, many hosts have started integrating it into their platforms. Most hosting providers offer one-click installs of WordPress. Not only are these installs fast, but they also mean that you can get a WordPress website without having to write code and work directly with the server itself.

If you’re looking for simple, feature-rich, and reliable WordPress hosting, you should check out our hosting plans. Our hosting costs just $4.99 per month, and we’ll install WordPress for free to get you started faster. Or, you can purchase hosting for a year upfront and get a month for free!

However, not all WordPress hosting solutions are created equally. Some companies have specialized solutions that help your website run more quickly, and some don’t. The fact of the matter is that WordPress, while easy to use, isn’t the most-optimized system out there, which can mean that your website can slow down as you add more to it on a shared hosting plan.

If you want to get the most out of your WordPress business website, you need to work with a hosting company that understands the unique needs and pressures that WordPress puts on servers. Since page views and conversions drop with each additional second that your webpage takes to load, lost time is lost money here. While most hosts don’t like to talk about it, your server configuration can have a considerable impact on loading speed, in both positive and negative ways.

At Quantum Renegade, we’re continually working to push the boundaries when it comes to WordPress speed. That’s why we offer an exclusive premium tier of hosting that helps your website be the speediest version of itself. Hosted on Microsoft Azure’s super-fast servers, and backed up with the power of Cloudflare’s content delivery network, our hosting has improved website speed by as much as 400 percent and increased Google PageSpeed scores by as much as 50 points.

At just $14.99 per month, this service will get you the WordPress website your business needs at the lightning speeds that your customers demand.

What about website builder web hosts?

Popular services like Wix, Squarespace, and Weebly offer users tools to build their websites, with the promise of low costs and beautiful sites. In practice, this isn’t always the case.

Even if you’re using a template within a website builder, you’re still relying on your visual talents and sensibilities. Since it’s rare for a template to fit a business perfectly, and since every company has unique attributes, you will have to make changes. If you’re not a great designer, then your website may end up looking bad, even if you started with a great-looking template.

Worse, these website builder services tend to be poorly priced for businesses. While the price varies based on the service, features like running a store, collecting user reviews, and even calculating shipping costs are only available in more expensive tiers, which isn’t an efficient use of your hard-earned money.

While Squarespace and Weebly do well when it comes to page load speed, Wix, in particular, is one of the slowest in that category according to 3rd party testing.

Simplicity is a cornerstone of these services, and while that has its plusses, it means that you may not be able to get the functionality you need at a reasonable price, or at all.

How to choose the right web host

We know we’ve given you a ton of information in this post, so we want to sum it up so that you can make an excellent choice for your personal or business web hosting needs. When you’re trying to determine which web hosting provider is right for you, there are three primary things you need to consider.

The first is your level of technical expertise. If you’re not a big computer person, or you don’t want to spend a lot of time dealing with the backend of your website, then shared hosting is probably the best choice for you. As your comfort with technical challenges increases, things like VPS hosting or Cloud hosting become more attainable.

The second is your budget. If you just need a website, don’t anticipate having vast amounts of traffic, and don’t have a big vision for what your site will become one day, then shared hosting is likely the choice that will give you the best bang for your buck. Anything more, and you’d probably be overspending.

Of course, if you plan to use your website as a significant growth tool, or anticipate having a lot of traffic, then it’s easy to justify paying more for a website that can handle more visitors or that is optimized to load faster.

The third thing you have to consider is the support that you’ll need. Support quality varies from one service provider to another. Some provide excellent, same-day service to all of their clients. Others respond by email a few days later and don’t follow up to make sure that the problem is solved.

At Quantum Renegade, we think that’s an unacceptable state of affairs. We’re available to our customers via phone five days a week, and by email over the weekend. Ninety-nine percent of our support requests are handled on the same business day. That’s one way we make sure that your business can run more smoothly.

Final Thoughts

Choosing the right hosting solution is an essential first step in launching a new business or giving an old one a fresh coat of paint. If you’re a business owner, however, there may be better investments for your time.

Managed web hosting sounds like an expensive proposition, but it doesn’t have to be. At Quantum Renegade, we develop and maintain websites for a fraction of what other companies would charge. Our Renegade Package, which gets you a new website and high-quality hosting, costs just $499, plus $45 per month.

For that price, you won’t have to deal with designing your website, choosing a host, making sure that essential security updates are applied, ensuring email works, or anything else ll related to your website unless you just want to. That’s peace of mind, and it’s a way to free up time that would be better spent on the profit-generating parts of your business.

What do you think? Did we miss anything in our coverage of web hosts? Be sure to leave a comment below and let us know how we did.

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