Website Hosting

What type of web hosting do I need?

As a web design company, we care about the website hosting behind the website. No two websites are the same. Every website has different needs when it comes to web hosting.  An E-commerce site will use more space than a small 3 page website.  Webhosting seems to be something everyone purchases from the first place recommended to them.

We have spent years… yes years moving websites around the web to various web hosts.  There seems to be a million choices out there.  In the last 5 years, we have narrowed it down to 2 web hosts we like to use.

Modern websites have changed web hosting

It used to be that webhosting was something you purchased when you ordered a domain name. Most the webhosting companies offered the same deal. Now we have cloud hosting, VPS hosting, Dedicated servers, and everything inbetween.

Websites today require a lot more. We have sliders, rotating pictures, and live feeds to social media. Websites are more complex than ever and now we have Google who expecs your site to still load fast and be secure. A lot of this starts at the hosting level.

What is managed WordPress Hosting

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Where you host matters

You could build the most amazing website, and if you put the files onto a slow performing website your visitors will leave before seeing even 2 pages load. Most of the time when people come to us complaining that their site is slow or won’t load its a hosting problem. Simply migrating the site to a host with newer servers or newer PHP (code) will speed the site up.

*If your on Godaddy, Bluehost, or Hostgator this is meant for you.

What are the different types of hosting?

There are different types of servers and hosting environments. This is a lot like choosing where your website will live.

Slow websites don’t just annoy web people like us, they annoy your visitors.

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Shared Hosting This is like an apartment.

VPS Hosting This is like owning a town home

Dedicated Hosting This is owning a house on the internet

Most people start out with Shared hosting. In a shared hosting environment the host puts a large number of users on a single server. By large number I mean over 1,000 users. These websites are your neighbors. If a website has faulty code it puts all the websites at risk. Shared is also the cheapest hosting environment and is seen as the starter hosting.

If your site is larger or has a good amount of traffic, a Virtual Private Server is a better option. A VPS is still a shared environment, but the way it is shared is very different. These are usually limited to 10-20 sites or neighbors. These plans are larger as well. You get more RAM and more processing power for your website.

Dedicated Hosting. This is a good option if your site is getting 100k visitors a month. Not only do you need resources for website performance, you need the bandwidth to handle all the visitors. It’s like you get a computer all on your own, many companies allow you to customise it extensively. You may be able to choose the amount and type of memory, the OS to install, and other hardware elements that make up a computer. The down side is you need a server administrator to help manage and set it all up. These are mostly for larger custom websites with a good amount of traffic.

Who do we recommend?

Budget Hosting

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Many times clients are looking for a budget hosting provider. Here is one of our preferred shared hosts. GreenGeeks has been the industry’s leading eco-friendly web hosting provider putting back 3 times the power we consume into the grid in the form of renewable energy. Prices start around 3.00/month

Premium Hosting

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We partner with a few different premium hosting companies that specialize in WordPress. One of these hosting companies is Flywheel. They have better speed, only host WordPress, and offer great support. We bundle hosting and maintenance together starting at 79/month.