What Hosting Do I Need?

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what hosting do i need

The question ‘what hosting do I need’ is a common question especially for those just starting out. You’ll get many different variables to this question dependant on what website you are on. Mainly because they don’t have your best interests at heart.

But we take a different approach, and consider the following factors to determine what sort of hosting you need:

  1. Is the website and business brand new? Or is it already established offline?
  2. What type of website is it? eCommerce? Personal Blog? 
  3. What budget do you have?
  4. What are your skills?

So, if you’re faced with the question ‘what hosting do I need’, and you’re confused about all the options available to you, read on we will look at all of this together, hopefully resulting in you getting matched to the correct sort of hosting for you and your business.

What Hosting Do I Need?

Let me make make this very easy for you. Unless you believe your new website will have thousands and thousands of visitors per day because you, or your brand is already known and established, then the hosting you will need is called shared hosting.

Shared hosting is where you share a server and that servers resources with other websites. It offers a standard cPanel (or sometimes a customised Control Panel dependant on the host), where you can configure your website with such things as SSL certificates, Content Management Systems and create your own perosnalised emails.

Shared hosting is really, really cost effective and cheap, with prices starting from a few dollars a month. If you are prepared to pay for your hosting upfront for a year or more, you can enjoy huge savings in the long run.

 

If you are looking for a good shared web host, do make sure that you select a host that is Litespeed enabled.

Litespeed enabled hosting will make your website load quickly for your site visitors, something that is crucial when trying to obtain a visitor and make them a return visitor – it’s a well known fact that the longer a website takes to load for a website visitor, the more chance there is of them clicking the back button and never visiting your website again.

Below are our top picks for shared web hosting that are also Litespeed enabled. We do not recommend any host that doesn’t have Litespeed enabled servers.

 

Hosting ServiceLiteSpeed?CountryPrice FromSet Up FeeWebsite
HawkHostYESUSA/Canada/EU/Asia$4.99$0.00HawkHost
KnownHostYESUSA/EU$8.95$10.00
GreenGeeksYESUSA/Canada/EU$9.95$15.00GreenGeeks
HostingerYESUSA/EU/Asia$9.99$4.99Hostinger
A2 HostingYESUSA/EU/Asia$10.99N/AA2 Hosting

We also have comparison tables for these hosts if you choose to pay upfront for 12,24,36 and even 48 months – find those comparison tables right here.

Types Of Hosting

I understand the confusion when it comes to choosing the right type of hosting for you, your website and your business. Its because there appears to be many, many types of hosting out there, all offering slightly different things, at different prices.

Your end goal is to get your website up and running, so let’s make that as fast, easy and effiecient as possible. To help you get the snwer to the question ‘What hosting do I need’, below are different types of web hosting available, here is a list of hosting types, with a brief description of what they are, what they do, who they’re for and what to expect to pay for them.

 

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is where you will pay a fixed monthly amount to a hosting provider for a share of a web server. This share of a web server will enable you to upload your website (files) to the server, and the server will then display the website and all of its pages to any visitor who goes to your web address.

Don’t worry though, it sounds harder than it is. There are applications built into your shared hosting environment that makes uploading ‘files’ to your server easy – Content Management Systems (CMS) like WordPress are usually available as a 1 click install. Install something like this, then add a theme, and you are good to go.

Shared hosting is a great place to start your web journey, and for many, it’s the only hosting they will ever need. It’s cost effective (just a few bucks a month), it doesn’t require a huge amount of technical knowledge, and you could have your website up and running within an hour or two.
 

Some recommended hosts that offer kick ass shared hosting are KnownHost, HawkHost and Hostinger. They offer some superb packages, and combined with our LiteSpeed guide here, you can turn this type of hosting into lightning quick hosting with just a few clicks. (All 3 of these are Litespeed enabled, an absolute must if you are going with shared hosting).

Reseller Hosting

Reseller hosting is similar to shared hosting. The difference here is that you share a usually much bigger space of a web server, and then sell that web space to other people. 

For example, web designers will often offer the full package of web design and hosting. They will design your website, and then charge you a monthly fee to host with them. they simply divide the space up on their main reseller account between multiple websites.

Reseller hosting is perfect if you want to start your own web hosting business, or if you run multiple sites yourself and want to have a little more control over server resources.

Some recommended hosts that offer kick ass reseller hosting are Brixly (this site is hosted on brixly), and GreenGeeks.

VPS Hosting

VPS hosting (Virtual Private Server) is for websites that have outgrown their shared hosting and need more power and resources to continually serve their website to their thousands of unique visitors a day. It’s a good choice if you are technically minded and want more overall control over how your server is setup and configured. It also guarantees you resources such as memory, bandwidth and RAM. These are for you and you only, unlike shared hosting where resources are shared with other websites.

VPS is shrouded in clouds thopugh, as there are different types of VPS hosting – with many companies choosing to call them slightly different things.

Using a VPS is a good chocie for medium to large business websites, where there are lots of visitors using the website at one time. Root access is provided with a VPS, meaning you can install your own software and choose how the server is run.

Be very mindful, you will need to be technically minded and know what you are doing with a VPS. If you plan on using a web developer, a VPS is a good choice. If you don’t know anything about VPS hosting, we would absolutely recommend you steer clear until your need for VPS hosting is absolutely necessary.

Some recommended hosts that offer kick ass VPS hosting are Hostinger and Hawkhost. These are both cheap but very reliable services that come highly recommended.

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated hosting is right at the top of the tree. As the name suggests, the server is dedicated to you. Nobody shares anything, it’s your server and everything that server provides such as RAM, cores, SSD space and bandwidth are for your use only.

Dedicated hosting is expensive, but if you are in a position to be considering dedicated hosting, then it won’t matter too much, because the liklihood is you have a huge website with a huge audience – and a huge income.

Most dedicated servers are billed per minute, and when you are looking at this end of the spectrum, I can only really truly recommend one – and that is Ionos dedicated servers. Simply because they are trusted by and used by huge brands across the world.

We hope that we have answered somewhat the question ‘What hosting do I need’. To recap then, if you are a startup business with no prior audience, then shared hosting is all you will need.

Beware of people telling you need x,y and z hosting (usually trying to extract more $$$ from your wallet), when all you need is a basic hosting service that gets the job done for your website.

Shared hosting is best bought in advance – there are some crazy savings to be had when purchasing your hosting, and paying for your hosting upfront for 12 months at a time or more will save you some serious money, with no monthly outgoings.

Need to upgrade half way through? No problem, all companies that I have hosted with over the last 19 years have been quite happy to upgrade packages (and why on earth wouldn’t they be happy?), so do yourself a favour, get the hosting that best matches your needs.

When your website makes the big time, upgrading and moving up the hosting hierarchy is a good problem to have. 

Richard

Richard

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