If you are anything like me, a lot of research goes into something before a decision or purchase is made. If I am looking into vacation destinations, I compare multiple places and look at their lodging, activities, cost of travel, and amenities before I choose where I am going. If I am shopping for a pair of jeans or a new dress, I like to know what my options are as far as quality, price, customer service, and shipping before I swipe my credit card. Similarly, I have never had to choose where I am going to host my website (or at least I have not had to make that decision yet), but I assume I would also want to put research into website hosts before coming to a conclusion. My philosophy with most things in life is that you get what you pay for, which is why I like to conduct thorough comparisons before I actually pay for something. There are several things you should know or look into before deciding where your website will be hosted.
First, not every hosting service is the same. Different web hosts offer shared hosting (your website is loaded onto a server with many other websites), which is a good option if you want to keep your budget small. However, you can run into different issues with shared hosting, such as your site loading slowly or a problem with another website on your shared server causing yours to malfunction. A better option if you expect high traffic and need more bandwidth is dedicated hosting, which puts your website on its own server.
Second, not every hosting service offers extra security. If you are worried about the safety of your website from hackers, viruses, et cetera, a shared host with thousands of sites loaded onto one server may not be the best option for you. Should security be one thing you are not willing to skimp on, you may want to pay a little extra money to avoid a bigger problem down the road.
Finally, site backups are an important part of your web hosting. If something happens and you are to lose or break your website, it is vital that there is a functioning backup of your most recent version of your website available to use and restore.
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