Hosting / Server
Web hosting is essentially a web server that consistently is connected to the internet so that people always can visit your site.
There are several types of web hosting, which adds to the confusion of why there is such a wide range of price and performance.
Many people start out with one of the cheapest hosting plans they can find. It’s understandable, as you probably don’t have significant needs and probably don’t have loads of cash lying around in the beginning.
But what you don’t pay for with money, you pay for with your time. And energy. With the cheaper alternatives of hosting you’ll have to manage pretty much everything yourself.
From installing software and updates, managing your site, taking backups and setting up security layers. Before you learn how to do it all, it will take a significant amount of time away from your daily work. The tasks you probably need to do to keep the business running.
It can be worth investing some money in high-quality hosting, preferably managed solutions. That will save you time, and as you know – time is your most valuable asset. It’s the asset you never can increase.
Backups work as your insurance of your website. And it’s probably easiest to think of it like that, too. It’s something that may feel like an unnecessary investment, but when something happens with your website, you’ll be glad you have a backup to save the day.
Without a backup, your website is more or less lost if the server crashes or something else terrible would happen to the site. As software keeps updating, and you edit and add content, a backup that is old can only help you to a certain degree.
Make sure you always have a freshly made backup. Having a schedule for automated backups is not only smart, but it’s also necessary today.
Website Security is becoming more important each day passing. And there are a lot of things you can do to make your site less vulnerable. You can never be fully secure, of course, but everything you do to add security will help you.
When it comes to security, it’s best to work proactively with it. It can be difficult to recover from a security breach. Ok, you can get your site back online if you have a backup that hasn’t been infected by malware or virus, or if you perform a cleaning. But the credibility you lose will take a long time to establish again.
The stronger security measurements you add, the less likely it is that hackers get in. Usually, hackers go for the “low-hanging fruit,” namely the sites that haven’t got security as a priority.
Make safety a priority, create unique passwords and usernames, use captcha, and more advanced security features, and you’ll avoid the vast majority of hacker attacks.,
The software is updated all the time, to increase performance and the underlying security in the code that supports your site.
If you use a powerful website platform like WordPress (which you do if you get a site from me), it’s important to keep all software updated at all times. Often, an update covers a loophole that has been discovered, or to increase usability and performance of your site.
Only by making these updates you’ll get a better performing site, which avoids the latest threats discovered – without having to do anything other than pushing a button!
Make sure your website always runs on the latest version of software. Check in with your site on a weekly basis, at a minimum.
Managed web hosting may do these things for you, but if you use shared hosting you’ll have to do this yourself.
Support is often overlooked when people look for web hosting. But once they decide on hosting, support will be one of the most important things.
As web hosting is such a complicated thing to deal with, you’ll likely need to contact support at one point. This is usually true no matter which hosting you’ll use. Most web hosts are excellent at support, as they probably get a lot of requests.
One thing to bear in mind is that support for web hosting usually only involves technical support surrounding the hosting itself. If you need support in regards to your website itself, its functionality and stuff like that, you need to get that from somebody else. For instance, from me.