The task of choosing a reliable, fast, affordable and scalable web hosting provider can seem like a daunting take, especially with so much choice. We are here to help you find the best provider for your needs, whether you are looking for a host who can handle high traffic spikes for your growing business website or a hobbyist wanting a cheap web hosting plan that is secure and easy to use.
Shared, VPS & Dedicated
Shared hosting is typically the cheapest way to host a website. With this type of account, a user shares a server with other users and websites. Shared hosting is best suited to smaller websites that do not require many resources or bandwidth.
Virtual Private Servers (VPS) or Cloud Servers are a mid-ranged option, both in terms of cost and features. Cloud hosting provides a greater level of speed and ensures your website can be quickly scaled as it grows. Rather than using just one server, a Virtual Private Server draws on the power of multiple servers, allowing your website to quickly adapt it’s memory, processors and storage based on real-time requirements.
Dedicated servers are for high-performance websites. Dedicated server plans offer high speeds and a greater depth of customisation, but they do also cost more than other servers and you will also be responsible for their maintenance.
Whilst looking for your new web host, you may have also come across WordPress Hosting. With WordPress leading the way as the most popular content management system, it is no surprise there are a range of hosts now providing specialist WordPress hosting services. These services are optimised for the needs of WordPress websites, and can be a great option if that you plan to build a WordPress website.
Should I choose a Free Hosting Plan?
Free website hosting is hugely popular throughout the UK, but before you sign-up, it is important to understand whether it is the right solution for your needs.
A free website will generally include limited bandwidth and storage, and typically the level of customisation for your site will be restricted to basic modifications. Your site may also include branding or advertising for the company providing the free hosting. In most cases, this type of hosting is best suited for personal websites.
If you are looking to host a business website, we would strongly recommend opting for a cheap website host instead. As you will see from our list above, prices start from as little as a few pounds per month, but include plenty of inclusions to create a fast and customised website. And, there is no branding or advertising that will overshadow your business’s message.
Anything else I should know?
Whether you are starting your first website, or migrating your current website to a new hosting provider, it is important that you understand the laws and requirements for website owners.
Another important aspect of owning a website is how you treat the data of your websites visitors. There are rules in place to ensure that website and business owners ensure information is kept secure, and users have a right to know what information is collected, how it is used and ability to opt out. Be sure to read up on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDRP).
If you plan on selling goods online, you may want to take a look at the rules for distance selling. Failing to comply with these regulations can result in a fine, so be sure to read up!
The UK Web Design Association has a useful post that highlights some of the responsibilities of running a website.