Among the questions most commonly asked of those who build websites is one in particular: What is hosting? At Skillful Antics, we define hosting as renting space on the internet, but what does that mean exactly?
Hosting is part of the process required to make your website a reality. It is an important step in making your site viewable by others, since it can be considered the publishing service for your website.
How does it work?
There are various types of hosting, but, essentially, a hosting service is responsible for filing and storing your website in their servers with a connection to their chosen network. Preferably, you want your hosting service to ensure that your website is always showing and running smoothly.
For example, when a person attempts to view your website, the internet must find and connect with the hosting server before it can retrieve and show the information. But, you often get what you pay for.
So how much does hosting cost?
As there are different kinds of hosting, there are also a variety of price ranges. Some hosting services are free, while others can be more pricey. However, in general, a good hosting service could cost about $8-$25 per month. We typically recommend GoDaddy for hosting.
Why pay when there are options that are free?
The quality of the hosting service can have a big impact on your website. If the service is free, that could mean that there is not a person available to monitor the servers when something goes wrong, which can be detrimental to your website and the traffic that you receive. Or, perhaps, the hosting service is supplementing funds by smattering your website with unwanted ads and slow speeds.
On the other hand, paid hosting often comes with control panels, tech support, fast speeds, etc. This often allows you to showcase your website in a more professional and reliable manner.
At Skillful Antics, we offer great, fast, and reliable hosting with our websites. For more information on hosting and/or the other services we offer, give us a call today.