“Web Hosting” is a service that makes sure your website or blog is constantly online. Web hosting allows blogs and websites to be seen by viewers anytime and anywhere in the world.

There are two options to make web hosting possible. You can opt to host a website yourself, or you can find a hosting company that can provide this service.

The Difficulties of Self Hosting

Hosting can be done in-house, but it comes with hefty requirements for hardware, software, and manpower. Here is a short checklist of what is required: a reliable computer that will act as a web server, permanent Internet connection, and the know-how to configure the server.

Hosting a website is indeed possible. But content building will naturally take a backseat to the time required to manage, update, and maintain the site. This is why many people opt to outsource web hosting even if they have the resources to do it themselves.

A bit of advice:  evaluate the objectives of your website and your priorities for your website. A huge company will have the capacity and the people to host their site themselves. But a start-up blog will do better to focus on its content and leave the hosting to someone else.

Paid vs. Free Hosting Services

A reputable paid hosting service is one of the best investments a small company or a personal blogger can make. By having someone else host your site, you will have the time to focus on the sensory/content experience of exploring your website, which is basically what gets your followers hooked.

Hosting services fall under two categories: free and paid. The lure of free or dirt-cheap hosting services can be irresistible for most. The advantage is that it is free or almost free. The disadvantage is that it is free or almost free. Keep in mind that you will get what you paid for. There is no control on how many sites are using the hosting service at any given time. Because the possibility for overcrowding is high, the space and access speed that are needed for different applications like Java Script and Flash are limited.

In addition, search engines often ignore free hosting services and free websites are open to banners and pop-up ads that compromise credibility.  Both are huge disadvantages to any blog or site.

The Benefits of Paid Hosting

Web hosting can cost anywhere from $3 – $12 per month. This is a small price to pay when you consider the benefits of outsourcing web hosting. Since the owner of the hosting service is guaranteeing that the website is up and running through a reliable provider, it allows for time for you to focus on developing your website.

There are many hosting plans and companies to choose from. They offer 99.9% uptime, after-sales support, and packages for personal blogs, company websites, and even e-commerce sites. Other benefits of paid hosting include all-day support, constant FTP access, personalized email accounts, site statistics, and options to use software like PHP or SQL Server.

The Bottom Line

Every website, blog, and online business dreams of making it big. In my experience, having a good web-hosting service is part of the formula for success.  Paying a reputable hosting service is an investment in the future of your website.  I recommend Arvixe hosting. All of my blogs and the Linky sites are all hosted at Arvixe. They do a great job and I couldn’t be happier with them. Visit Arvixe for more information.

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