Once you’ve made the decision to create an on-line presence for yourself or your business and have a website built, you’ll need a place to store the collection of files that make a website function and a way to make those files accessible to other people connected to the internet. A web server, through web hosting, provides these critical functions.
Whilst every website needs hosting, there are a number of ways that website hosting can be done. The type of hosting you need will depend on your websites size and complexity, as well as the resources and technical expertise you have at your disposal.
Shared hosting is the hosting of multiple websites on the same web server and is by far, the most commonly used hosting service. With shared hosting, a web hosting company allocates the user storage space and makes the website’s files accessible to other users through the internet. The web host also maintains the server and provides technical support for it. For those who are not technically minded or have access to their own technical support staff, having a web host to manage this is a very good option.
One of the major advantages of shared hosting is that it costs much less than most other types of website hosting due to the efficient use of the servers resources. The web hosting company has the experience and resources to provide first class reliability and technical support for your website ensuring that your site is kept running at all times and serving quickly.
Shared hosting is perhaps most suited for individuals and small to medium sized business websites.
Here at thesmarthand.co.uk we don’t offer directly supplied Web Hosting services and openly encourage our clients to ‘take ownership’ of their own hosting accounts. We are however, always happy to discuss these options with you and help you make an informed decision based on the type of website you require.