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Web Hosts : Guide to Online Success

Updated on December 28, 2014

Today I searched Hubpages for Web Hosts, Web Hosting, everything that has to do with Web Hosting for sites. I was shocked at what I found. Not a single one has much information other then one specific type of hosting. I was thinking:

“What if I was new to web hosting, I would have no clue what one would be best or anything, bloody hell I’d be confused out of my mind!”

Well, hopefully you don’t need to be as confused and search aimlessly any more, I have sent out on a goal to include almost all the basic information you need to know! That’s right, all the basic information is listed here, no other pages, all here ready for you to read. I think it’s best to get your facts strait before going off, learning a lot about one thing and finding out that isn’t want you need! Now-a-days there are hundreds of web hosts offering a lot of different things that if you don’t know what are you will end up over paying for. The reverse might also happen, you might end up spending too little and not get everything you need to succeed. Hopefully this will teach you about the options and what you need and to help you find what you really need!

First let’s break down the types!

So you want a website? Well let’s teach you about the terms and what they mean ok? OK! There are 4, yes 4…really…there’s 4 different total types. Now remember, this is just to learn a term-well especially the one that you want to get. Now with hosting it can go in a reverse order, it just can’t go from bottom to top (example the first kind can’t do what the last kind can, but the last kind can do what the first kind can.)

Ok, here are the types:


-Low cost.(it’s free lols)

-Good for family, hobby, or personal sites.

-Free email is often an option.


-No domain names. (awww)

-Few, limited, or no software options.

-Limited security options.

-Limited or no database support.

-Limited technical support.

Free Hosting

Free Hosting-some hosts offer free web hosting. It is best suited for small sites with low traffic. It is not recommended for high traffic or for real business. Technical support is often limited and technical options are few.


-Low cost. Cost is shared with others.

-Good for small business and average traffic.

-Multiple software options.

-Own domain name.

-Good support.


-Reduced security due to many sites on one server.

-Restrictions on traffic volume.

-Restricted database support.

-Restricted software support.

Shared Hosting (virtual hosting)

Shared Hosting (virtual hosting)- Shared hosting is very common, and very cost effective. Your website is hosted on a powerful server along with say 100 other web sites. Here it is common to have your own domain name. Shared hosts often offer multiple software like email, database, and many different editing options. Technical support also tends to be good!


-Good for large business.

-Good for high traffic.

-Multiple domain names.

-Powerful email solutions.

-Powerful database support.

-Strong (unlimited) software support.


-Expensive. (Time to remortgage the house?)

-Requires higher skills.

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated Hosting- With Dedicated Hosting your Web Site is hosted on a Dedicated Server. This is the most expensive form of hosting. This is for large websites with high traffic and sites that use special software. Very Powerful and Secure, with almost unlimited software options should be Expected.


-High bandwidth.

-High up-time.

-High security.

-Unlimited software options.


-Expensive. (Loans anyone? Dang I need a grant for this!)

-Requires higher skills.

-Harder to configure and debug.

Collocated Hosting

Collocated Hosting- Collocation means “co-location”, and this lets you place (locate) your own web server on the premises (locations) of a service provider. Pretty much the same as running your own server in your own office or home, only that it is located at a place better designed for it. Most of the time a provider will have dedicated resources like high-security against fire and vandalism, regulated backup power, and dedicated Internet connections. Often more can be expected.

Collocated Hosting

Place your server where you want it. All Dedicated and online over 99.9% of the time!
Place your server where you want it. All Dedicated and online over 99.9% of the time!

Based on the type of site you will be having you should have a great sense of what kind of hosting you will require. But before you choose you web host, make sure that:

-The hosting type fills your current needs

-The hosting type is cost effective, your not overpaying for no reason

-Upgrading to a better server is a possible solution (if you don’t have one to fill all needs)

-If the cause arises, upgrading to a higher or dedicated server is possible

I can’t stress how important it is to make sure of this and to pick the right kind of host. You don’t want to have a site that gets 100 hits a week on a dedicated server for a high price when you really need a much smaller one. That is complete atrocity. Be smart, don’t over or under buy!

What plan do I pick…Like Omg are there 100 of them?!

Ok, chill out I have some tips for this for each type. I told you this would be the most complete guide to web hosts, well if I left you with this question it wouldn’t be helpful or most complete now would it. Now I will admit, it does get sticky here, and it depends on what type of server you pick, who your provider is, and what you site must do. The most important thing is to not panic.

Let’s start with free hosting because it’s easiest. The reason why it is easiest is because there are no options. The free host is a free host, it doesn’t give you options. In order to find more options here you would need to do one of two things:

  1. Choose a different Host.
  2. Upgrade your account or Buy it separately (for software)

Moving on, we get into one of the most complicated ones. Sharing servers offer a lot of things for a lot of different prices for a lot of different time spans with a lot of different terms. Because of this divisibility I can only suggest you look deeper into it with your own exploring of what they do, the host should tell you, if they don’t you can always Google it to find out what that feature does. I will not leave you unguided on this journey, using this survey you should come up with a pretty good idea of what you need.

This will Help you choose the right Hosting Path

What will my website be?

___Personal ____Business ____Portfolio ____Other Media ____Other

How much will my site take for space in GB (gigabytes)?

___5 GB ___10GB ___100GB ___150 GB ___200GB ____( ____ GB)

How many Email Accounts will I need?

___1-100 ___101-500 ___501-1,000 ___1,000+

How many Databases do I need?

___1-10 ___11-25 ___26-50

Anything else? ( Language support, forums, blogging, photo gallery, multiple websites, multiple domains, software)

This would also work with dedicated servers, or at least give you a better shot at getting what you want. When it comes to dedicated you will want to know about the same things and where the server is located and how much space and dedicated it gives. More then not a dedicated server will work for your site just because of the size and bandwidth offered that comes with a one webpage server. This isn’t always the case. If you have any questions about a dedicated server you should ask the provider to answer them for you.



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Wrap Up

Well I personally hope this guide has helped you in picking the right kind of hosting package and what type to use. Someone asked “How does this qualify as the Most Complete Guide to Web Hosts?” Well it’s a good thing you ask. It is basically considered this due to it gives you information of the 4 types of Hosts. Each host provider offers hundreds of things I even haven’t heard of, that I doubt anyone has heard of. There is so much software and so many options for one person to explain them ALL is almost impossible. The only way to write about them all is to go to several thousands of sites and look at several thousands of packages, software add-ons, and similar features.But remember, every single thing offered will be explained to you if you ask the company itself that you plan on ordering from to explain them in detail. Many sites also tell you about it automatically.  



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      multimastery 8 years ago

      Interesting Hub...I'm currently building with SiteBuildIt and have found that they are best if you want to build a content site. It's not the cheapest but the tools, benefits & support are immaculate which farr outweighs the $299 per year ($25mth) investment.

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      jackmoney 8 years ago's tough starting out, especially if you don't know anything about php or the like. i started a site that tried to actually find the sucky aspect of web hosts, because nobody really tells you the truth in the reviews you find online.

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      James Nissen 8 years ago

      Hi, that's great info for web hosting. The hub is really interesting and informative and it would be very helpful for the beginner if it would have some information about getting traffic for the website. I seeking that for my link building work. Well, its a great hub. Thanks.

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      Esther Selman 8 years ago

      This is good info on Web hosting, seems like the hub score should be higher ???

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      My heartfelt appreciation and thanks for a great Hub on Web hosting. I am looking into this for a future Website. Your info here is very useful! I found the packages from 1&1 to be really good value! I might choose them! I am a Fan!

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