How does it all work?

Web hosting is packed with technical jargon and can be difficult to understand what your requirements are.

Below are a few thoughts that catch people out.

Hidden bandwidth charges

There are companies that hide the bandwidth details for you to run your website. We would recommend checking the small print for hidden bandwidth charges and see how much extra is being charged for more allowance.

Hidden VAT charges or setup costs

It’s worth checking the small print before you think about ordering your domain name or hosting plan. Look out for VAT setup charges and price change on year two, this can often add much more to your overall cost.

Unlimited bandwidth

If you see a company offering  “unlimited bandwidth”. It can be misleading because no company can really offer this. Many hosting providers will set plans to no limits, but if your website takes on too much traffic, you may be asked to upgrade or they may even close you down.

Hidden domain name transfer fees

You will come across some companies that offer very cheap domain name registration, and even transfer you across for free.

It is worth checking out the small print because some companies are charging an unethical £80 to transfer to another hosting provider.

Domain name ownership

Some companies will register your domain name to themselves. This means that they are the legal owner of your domain name. Make sure your domain name is registered under your name.

Fixed length contracts and lock-ins

Many companies offer great hosting plan discounts if you pay for a year in advanced. It’s worth asking your hosting provider if there is a minimum contract term and watch out for the price rise in year 2 and 3.

What hosting Plan to choose?

Below is a short breakdown on what each plan means. the three main options is Shared Hosting, Virtual Private Server (VPS) or Dedicated Server.

Shared Hosting

Shared Hosting is ideal for a blogger or small website.

This is the most cost-effective solution but the only problem is you are sharing your space with many other websites on one server.

If your disk storage, utilities (CPU time and RAM), and entrances/exits (data transfer bandwidth). Is being shared with many other websites it can cause occasional downtime and slow loading.

These issues can cause problems, but it is cost-effective for smaller businesses and bloggers. Once your website grows and traffic increases your next step would be a Virtual Private Server or a Dedicated Server.

Dedicated Server

Using a Dedicated Server is the most robust option.

If you use a dedicated server, you will have exclusive access to all the utilities and amenities.

Your website would also be running super fast with a Dedicated Server because you would have all of your server’s CPU time, RAM, storage space and data transfer bandwidth allotment.

Signing up for a Dedicated server would be the best option but it does come at a relatively high price.

Virtual Private Server (VPS)

The next step From the Shared Hosting would be a Virtual Private Server.

A Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a cross between the Shared Hosting and a Dedicated Server.

VPS still share their server’s resources but customers are guaranteed a percentage of the resources, so much more reliable.

VPS is more expensive than shared hosting but it is more reliable.