Choosing Your Web Host

How to choose your web host? Here is a question that gives many people cold sweats due to the fact that the answer never seems very simple. Dedicated hosting, VPS, public or private cloud, there is no lack of choice, not to mention the price. So, how do we navigate if we are not a technology expert? Through a series of articles, I will try to popularize all information about web hosts to allow you to situate yourself better and make the right choices. You will also find a shortened version at the end of the text that can serve as a memory aid when needed.

To answer this question, a simple picture suffices. The web host is the equivalent of the house where your website resides. Just like a house, your hosting server has an address. It is located in a city and in a country where one finds laws specific to each place. This hosting server that compares to a house can be composed of different materials and is of different sizes.

Here’s a slightly more technical example, a hosting server works like your personal computer. It contains a CPU (processor), RAM (RAM) and storage space where you can store everything you want. In the case of a web hosting server, it will contain the files and the code necessary for the proper functioning of your website. Most of the time, they are hosts called “Hosting Providers” who own the servers. These offer you different hosting solutions that are adapted to different needs on the market.

The answer is both simple and complex. Let’s focus with the simplest. A hosting provider is, in general, the one who is responsible for the availability of the hosting solution. It is his role to offer you the best product according to your needs and to distribute the solution. In general, following his proposal, he will provide you with a series of services and products related to his hosting solution that he will encrypt. Here is a small list of what they offer in general. Some offers are included in the price, but some may require additional charges.

1. Email service

2. Backing up your data

3. Restoring your data (some hosts prefer to charge work to restore rather than backup)

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4. Maintenance and maintenance of your server (like a house, we must maintain our server, by doing, among other things, technology watch and updates)

5. Technical assistance in case of breakdown

6. Site or solution of relief in case of breakdown of the shelter

7. Service Level Agreement (SLA)

8. Terms of payment and/or financing

9.Terms of use

 Now, let’s get into the most complicated part by coming back with the example of your house in a city and a country. You know where it is precisely and it’s perfectly normal for you. In this vein, knowing where your web hosting is located should be of such importance primarily for the following reasons:

To ensure that we are as close to our customers as possible to maximize the speed of response between your site and your customers.

To know the laws surrounding web hosting.

Take note that the most popular host today is VPS or Virtual Private Server Hosting. VPS has a lot of advantages compare to the dedicated and others. The common types of VPS are Windows Hosting, Forex Hosting and Linux. 

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