Indispensable to the online launch of any website, the functioning and usefulness of web hosting sometimes raise questions. It must be said that the offer is bloated and that it is not always easy to make a choice between a particular provider.
In reality, there is no such thing as “ideal” hosting, as functionality and needs can vary. To be sure to choose the right web host for your business, it is important to know the main basics.
To see more clearly, discover below the different forms of web hosting and their characteristics.
What is a web hosting and how can it improve the performance of a website?
Hosting is one of the essential steps in creating and putting a website online. By publishing its site on the server of a host, it is thus accessible to everyone and at any time.
In addition, a web host allocates a certain number of resources such as an IP address, a database, storage space, bandwidths (access path to the internet network), site management tools, etc. .
Computer hosting is one of the technical optimization levers that can be improved in parallel with more strategic levers such as content creation, personalization of the offer or even communication.
Indeed, certain criteria related to web hosting can influence the performance of a site, in particular, that of the loading speed, taken into account by Google in the context of referencing. The latter can also be optimized according to the type of accommodation chosen.
Using a professional host, therefore, ensures optimal access to the site and its content. It also gives companies the opportunity to take advantage of certain advantages, such as reduced operating costs and material and human investments.
The choice of hosting is mainly based on criteria related to storage and use: space required, operating system, and speed. Before choosing an accommodation rather than another, it is therefore essential to think about the objectives to be achieved on the site concerned in order to ensure that it is adapted to its needs.
What are the main types of web hosting?
There are three main types of traditional data hosting on physical servers. The role of all three beings, in any case, to guarantee their users a high-speed connection, the necessary bandwidths as well as a secure server.
- Shared servers: they bring together several hosting spaces on a single server. Even though they have a similar configuration, the hosted sites can be very different from each other. Shared servers offer the most affordable offers in terms of the price thanks to their lower access cost. Easy to use, they do not require special knowledge of server administration and software configuration.
- Physical Dedicated Servers: a real machine, completely dedicated to a website. The advantage of this type of server is that it allows full access to programs, software, etc. and that it gives the possibility of hosting several sites. In addition, it offers good performance in terms of speed and page load time. If it requires a minimum of technical knowledge in terms of administration (to carry out, among other things, the update of the operating system, the security patches, or the monitoring of the data backup), it is however possible to call on service providers specializing in the matter. The dedicated server is particularly well suited to sites with high bandwidth needs.
- VPS servers (Virtual Private Server): these are several virtual servers created from a single physical server. Beyond the full control of hosting (rights to files, software installation, etc.) made possible by this type of server, it offers the same advantages as a dedicated server. However, the cost is much more affordable. VPS servers in UK start to get particularly interesting when a website exceeds 300 daily visits. It is therefore a real compromise between the dedicated server and the shared server.
In addition to these 3 main families of traditional accommodation, completely virtual accommodation offers have also been developed: the cloud. Particularly flexible and affordable in terms of costs, clouds are very large virtual server farms.
Distributed in several data centers which are themselves located in different geographical areas, allow data to be downloaded from anywhere and at any time. Indeed, the only condition required to access it is to have an internet connection.
For professionals, there is the option of a private cloud to access data from an intranet. Businesses, perhaps even more than individuals, have every interest in choosing their web hosting plan in order to guarantee their data a fully reliable and secure server.
In the case of e-commerce, for example, it is essential that the site is available 24/7 and that the page loading time is fast, at the risk of losing many visitors. Hosting must also be able to absorb significant traffic flows.
The choice of hosting for a website is therefore not to be taken lightly. Guaranteeing both access to its content and its technical performance, it thus greatly contributes to the comfort of the user experience. This is why it is not advisable to choose a web host based on its price.
Analyzing your objectives well beforehand allows you to choose the type of hosting adapted to your needs and simultaneously optimize your SEO strategy as well as your brand image while ensuring optimal visibility.