So you are wondering how to host a website, right?
You want to launch your website, but have no idea where to start from?
You typed it on Google for help, and from there you just jumped to our website?
And now you are expecting that this website will help you and solve your confusions?
Congrats, you have come to the right place and we will guide you through the step by step procedure of hosting your website. Hosting a website has never been this easier…
But before we begin, the concept of web hosting should be very clear in our minds, therefore we should first know that what web hosting actually is?
It is web hosting which makes it possible for your website to be accessed by people from different parts of the world via the Internet by just sitting on their computers. And to make this happen you need to contact a web hosting service provider. A web hosting service provider is simply a business which offers you all those tools and facilities which are required for your website to be viewed over the internet.
Let’s take a real-world example; whenever someone starts a business then space is always required that we call a store or a warehouse to keep the products. Similarly, a web hosting company provides you with a space (which we call servers) for your website. You pay them for this space, additional assistance and shelter for your website.
Choosing a Web Hosting Service:
Choosing the best web hosting provider in 2018 is one of the very difficult but really important tasks of this whole process of hosting a website. Difficult in a sense, as there are many web hosting companies in the market which are offering their services. And important in a sense because if this decision is made wisely, then the next steps become so easy for you and you have not much to do, as your selected web hosting provider does all the job.
So let’s begin with our Web Hosting Process.
1- Domain Registration
After you have selected the web hosting provider, now the actual web hosting process begins. And the first step is to register domain name against which you are going to host your website.
Just like in a real world your house number is used to locate and find you, similarly, a domain is a unique and custom address for your website by which people will find and locate you on the internet. Your domain will be of the form yoursite.com. It comes with various extensions and you can choose any of the extensions which suit you in every aspect. Some well-known extensions are .com, .org, .net, .co, .pk, .uk etc. Your web hosting provider will guide you in detail in this step.
2- Choosing Hosting Server
There are basically two types of hosting platforms: Linux Hosting and Windows Hosting. You can choose either of these depending on your needs, suitability and comfortability.
Linux hosting (also called PHP web hosting) is right now the most popular hosting platform in the industry. Scripts in Unix-originated languages like PHP, PYTHON and PERL are run on it and the databases which it supports are MySQL and PostgreSQL.
On the other hand, in Windows hosting, ASP scripts are run using .NET and other technologies of Microsoft and the databases which it supports are Microsoft SQL Server and MS Access.
Every user is different and has his/her own requirements and priorities, so the decision of choosing Linux or Windows solely depends on the type of user. But, if you ask generally, then people prefer Linux hosting due to its flexible nature and low price as compared to Windows hosting server.
3- Choosing the Type of Web Hosting Service
Now there are various web hosting plans or types of web hosting services available in the market keeping in mind the different needs of the users. So, we are going to briefly explain these types, so that you can identify that which plan suits you.
If you are a beginner and just starting your website then shared hosting is the most economical and suitable hosting for you. As the name says, this hosting provides shared web hosting service to the user i.e. a space on a shared server and allows multiple websites to share that server and its resources. Just think about a shared room where friends live together and at the end of the month each person contributes equally to pay rent.
As the traffic on your site begins to increase, then a shared hosting can start making problems. So many users switch to dedicated servers (also called managed hosting). In this type of hosting, an entire server and its resources are dedicated to a single user or organization and are not shared with any other user. It is suitable for an established business or website not for startups and beginners as it is too much expensive.
This type of hosting has been very popular over the recent years, as it is a mixture of both shared hosting and dedicated servers. VPS Hosting is like a ‘Dedicated Server within shared hosting’. A server is split into virtual private servers.
What makes VPS different from Shared Hosting is that your server resources always remain the same, and your site will never slow down due to the new sites which will be joining the server in the future. Take an example of a hotel room, where you are given your own personal room with your own resources and privacy.
The previous three types used a single server to provide hosting services to their clients, but cloud hosting is different from them because it provides hosting services to the clients through multiple connected servers, which constitute a cloud. The resources which a website needs to perform its tasks are spread across multiple remote servers and are put to use when needed.
4- Creating Your Website
After all this hosting process, the next step is to build your website. If you have technical knowledge you can create your own website using website builder platforms like WordPress, Wix, Squarespace etc. And if you do not have technical knowledge then you can contact any professional individual or agency which will help you in it. It is better to opt for a Web Hosting Provider which also offers web designing and development services like WebITech, Godaddy etc.
5- Publishing Your Website
Once your website is ready to go live, the next and last step is to upload it and publish it. This can be done by logging in into your Cpanel or Plesk account and uploading your website by connecting to the server. You can also maintain and update your website through your Cpanel or Plesk Account.
So, this is it! This was the whole step-by-step procedure of Hosting a website. Hope it helped!