When you create a website, whether it’s a blog or your company’s site, your goal is to make the information you decide to share available to your public all the time and anywhere in the world; to achieve this, you must have the help of a hosting provider.
Before answering the question posed in the headline of this article, I will give you a brief overview of how the Internet works so that you have an idea of what you need to find in a hosting provider, so let’s get started.
The Internet is a worldwide communication network regulated by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). Among the functions of the IANA is the distribution of IP addressing on an international scale through five large organizations (LACNIC in Latin America, ARIN in North America, AFRINIC in Africa, RIPE NCC in Europe and APNIC in Asia), which sell IP blocks to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in each country. When you decide to create your company’s website or blog and you want to register your domain, that is, give your site an identity (e for example, www.yourcompany.com), you need two things: a unique public address, which is provided by your ISP, and a team that hosts the content of your website, that is, a hosting.
“The hosting is a rented accommodation in which you can store all kinds of files, databases and emails”.
Metaphorically, I can say that hosting is a kind of file or directory that stores all the settings that make up your website; so, when a person enters the address of your site in a search engine, the hosting enters into connection with a domain server, known as DNS (Domain Name Systems), which relates the public IP with the name and address of your site, to finally show your website.
Now that you are clear about the function of a hosting and how it works, you must choose if you will have an internal network server for your company or if you will hire a hosting provider. In the case of large companies, having your own server may be a viable option, but if your business is not yet a monster in the world of economics, it is best to choose to hire a provider. Here, I’ll detail the advantages.
The benefits of hiring a hosting provider
A hosting provider is a company that puts at your disposal the rental of a space on a server for you to store there all the data necessary for your website to function properly. According to Andrea Rimbaud, Publissoft’s web server administrator, when you hire a provider, you acquire the following advantages:
- Costs savings: although it is true that the service of a hosting provider is not free, is much cheaper than having a server within your network, as this option involves incurring costs of physical infrastructure, security, maintenance, payment of staff responsible for running the server, energy costs and air conditioning, among others.
- Computer security: if you have your website hosted on your own server, to a certain extent, you are more vulnerable to being the target of a computer attack, because, even if your page is on a public IP, there are contents that are private IP, such as some forms, which are in a DMZ (demilitarized zone). In other words, a hacker could access your private network from your website, violating your security.
- The loss of information is no longer a problem: accidents and computer security vulnerabilities can happen at any time and are capable of destroying your entire database. Tragic, right? When you hire a hosting provider, you can be sure that your website will be in top condition all the time, because your provider will take care of “taking care of your back” with backups that allow you to restore your site in a very short period of time.
Types of hosting: which one is ideal for you?
The type of hosting you choose to contract will determine the amount of resources that the service provider will make available to you, such as RAM or CPU. Therefore, you should know the types of hosting that exist and assess aspects such as the power of your provider’s servers, the bandwidth it offers, the traffic available to your website and, of course, the price.
- Shared hosting: this type of hosting is ideal for sites with little traffic. In shared hosting, a server hosts several clients, so they share the system and server resources. If within the clients you share the hosting with there is one with a lot of traffic, it will use most of the resources and you will probably have a hard time loading your page..
- Virtual Private Server (VPS): VPS hosting is located on a physical server along with other VPS, but unlike shared hosting, the VPS has exclusive and stable resources.
- Dedicated hosting: this hosting is ideal for large companies. A dedicated hosting is the exclusive service of a customer, who can enjoy all its resources.
- Cloud hosting: it is a type of hosting that uses multiple servers, which store an updated copy of the sites they host; that way, if one server fails, another one goes live, so time is optimized.
Publissoft, your best choice as a hosting provider
While it is true that you can find many alternatives when looking for a hosting provider, none offers a proposal as good as Publissoft.
Publissoft is a leading company in more than 20 countries in the fields of SEO, web design, mobile app development and hosting. This company has dedicated servers in France, Canada, United States, and elastic instances in Google and Amazon, so it increases resources depending on the needs of its customers.
The hosting service packages offered by Publissoft include daily backups to Amazon S3; SSL certificates for websites, mail and cPanel; anti-spam systems for forms, comments and payment gateways; as well as email relays to improve inbox delivery. Best of all: affordable prices.
If you would like a detailed proposal of the services that Publissoft has for you, please contact https://www.publissoft.com/en-gb/. It will be a pleasure to serve you.
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