Hosting

Websites need to be hosted on a web server - this stores all the information needed so that other people can access your website online. Think of it like purchasing some space for your website to live online! There are a few different types of hosting to suit different needs. While it’s good to be aware of the different hosting options available, it’s best to leave it to your developer to sort out whatever hosting solution they recommend for your needs.


  • Typically paid for in monthly installments
  • The price varies massively dependent on type of hosting solution
  • Important factors to consider are the scalability of your hosting, and customer support

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What are some popular hosting options?

Popular hosting include shared hosting, virtual private server, cloud based web hosting, dedicated hosting, etc.

What is Shared hosting?

Shared hosting (£3-£10 / $4-$13 a month) is the cheapest option available. Like the name suggests, you share with other websites, which means you pay less. It also means that you may have to fight for bandwidth. This is a good option if your site is small, or new and won’t get too many visitors at first.

What is Virtual Private Server?

Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting (Up to £45 / $60 a month) is a good inbetween hosting solution. It’s one physical server, but it allocates multiple separate servers to its sites so you can get around the issues of shared hosting.

What is Cloud based web hosting?

Cloud based web hosting (£10 - £350 / $13 - $500 a month) is when the server is virtual (as in not a physical server with a location). This is an extremely popular option for a few reasons. Firstly, cloud hosting can cope with sudden surges in traffic, so there’s no problem if your website suddenly takes off! Secondly, you can go onto a plan where you only pay for what you use.

What is dedicated hosting?

Dedicated hosting is the most expensive option (£65 - £200 / $90 - $270 a month) which is necessary for larger websites, or sites that require high levels of data security. They are also great for sites with high levels of traffic. You also have the plus point of not having to compete with other sites for bandwidth.




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