This article is for anyone who wants to create a website. After reading it, you will be able to choose the ideal web hosting for your project and your budget. Which hosting should you choose for your first website? What are reliable web hosts? What is the difference between shared hosting, a dedicated server, or even a VPS? You will know everything!
Now that you know what kind of hosting you need, it’s time to choose a web host. As the latter will take care of your hosting infrastructure and manage your domain name, it is essential to choose a reliable and severe company over the long term.
What type of accommodation should I choose?
If this is your first ever website, I recommend choosing shared hosting. This obscure term means that your server’s resources (the processor and the memory) will be shared with hundreds of Internet sites, including yours. According to sites and hosts, this type of hosting is more than enough, and you will never need to upgrade it to a more robust solution.
Suppose you already have a website on shared hosting and your host regularly invites you to optimize your site under the penalty of suspending it. In that case, it’s time to migrate to a more powerful hosting with resources entirely dedicated to your site. Two solutions are available to you:
- The virtual private server (VPS)
- The cloud server
The big difference among these two solutions is that the VPS is a server whose resources are allocated entirely to a limited number of websites in a virtual way. In contrast, the cloud server draws its resources in a decentralized manner in the cloud. In other words, the help of a VPS is limited to a physical server, while those of a cloud server can increase without any limit according to the evolution of your needs! Therefore, to choose, you have a better time opting for a cloud server, especially since this solution is more economical than a VPS or even a dedicated server.
Depending on the success and optimization of your site, there may be times when you need even more powerful hosting than a VPS or cloud server. In this case, the two solutions are available to you:
- The ultra-vitamin dedicated server
- Very high availability of hosting
What are the essential differentiation criteria?
There are so many different hosts and prices that choosing your host can become a real headache, especially since it is easy to doubt the objectivity of well-established host tests and comparisons in the field. This is why we will endeavor to give you the most critical indicators so that you can also make your own choice without having to blindly follow the recommendations of players who are often paid to position one host rather than another in the first position. Hosting a site involves expensive infrastructure as well as strong technical skills.
Contrary to what you might think, the following criteria are not decisive because almost all hosting providers include them in their offer or will offer them in the short term:
- Free SSL certificates
- DDoS Protection
- Free disk space size
- SSD technology for files and databases
- Daily backup of files and databases
- Support for technologies such as Node.js, Ruby, Litespeed, or MariaDB
On the other hand, the following four criteria do not change over time and are decisive:
The efficiency and availability of support
You will sooner or later need to contact your host: to activate a technology required by a Web application, for a technical question, or to understand why your site is slow or no longer works. Whatever the reason, it is essential to be able to contact your host and receive valuable and practical help quickly.
The reputation of a host’s support is the most crucial point in making your choice! This is why the big established hosts like HostingLelo are not necessarily the best choices because their support is often overwhelmed by the mass of customers to manage.
The scalability of accommodation
Technology and development languages are changing more and more rapidly, and it is essential to engage with a host that is invested in the research and development of its products. So observe the blog and the publications of the hosts on social networks to check that things are moving regularly. For this criterion, prominent players will tend to benefit from more resources than small hosts for research and innovation, but they will also be held back by the size of their server park to maintain and update.
The resources allocated to your hosting
For shared hosting, the amount of RAM ( memory_limit ) and the execution time ( max_execution_time ) allocated to your scripts reveal the power you will have at your disposal. Unfortunately, this information is rarely highlighted, and you will often have to go to the host’s knowledge base or support to get it.
As a guide, the following values are excellent:
- 300 seconds (execution time)
- 1280 MB of RAM (memory)
This comparison can help you compare these two variables.
The performance and reliability of the infrastructure
No host is immune to severe failures in its infrastructure, regardless of its experience or size. It is, moreover, tough to evaluate this criterion because the hosts do not necessarily highlight the list of their failures over time. On the other hand, a web host that suffers outages that affect many repeat customers will not be able to contain the negative fallout for long on communities like Twitter, Reddit, and Quora, where it is tough to censor feedback from real exasperated customers.
How do you be sure to choose a good host?
Try as much as possible to base yourself on objective information:
- The resources allocated to web hosting (memory and execution time)
- The host’s blog (is it moving?)
- The host’s Twitter account (breakdowns, frustrated customers, responsiveness, etc.)
- The support (try to contact it several times and judge for yourself)
- Facebook reviews (they cannot be censored)
- Google reviews (they cannot be edited)