Web hosting is what ties the entire internet together. If you are looking to build your own website you are going to need web hosting in one form or another. One of the main things you need to consider is who your web hosting company is actually going to be. Believe it or not, not all of them are created equal. The specifications you hold your web host to should be:
- The speed of their servers. If the servers are slow it will do more than annoy visitors to your website, it will also harm your SEO (Google and Bing Rankings).
- The customer service of your web hosting company. Ideally you want someone who is going to be there for you 24 hours a day, and get back to you as quick as they can.
- The price and type of your web hosting package. If you are just starting out with a small website or blog, you are probably going to want to get shared hosting. If you are planning on running an ecommerce website or a website that gets a lot of views, look in to something like VPS hosting or dedicated servers.
If you aren’t sure what a lot of this stuff mean, I would recommend you check out someone on YouTube or Google who does webhosting reviews. We plan to do them in the future ourselves (we first need to set up our webhosting affiliate accounts) – but in the interim it may be worth checking out this website. www.thetoptenbest.reviews/best-web-hosting-companies/
If you haven’t decided on your domain as of yet for you may want to have a look around too and see if any companies offer you a free / cheap domain with your hosting package. Some good resources to help you understand how the whole hosting industry works and how the internet is held together in general – it may be worth checking out the Wikipedia page as well as Google.