What is Web Hosting and What Kind Do You Really Need?

When it comes to establishing your online side hustle, there are several things you’ll need to start off. For right now, I’m going to focus on Web Hosting. Specifically just what is web hosting? What kind of website do you need?

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What kind of webhosting do you really need?

There are two basic things you’ll need to buy when starting a website.

The first is a domain name, which I talk about more in this other post over here on how to select a domain name for your website.

The second is web hosting, which I’m going to talk about below.

The third thing you’ll need for your website is the design itself, the files that make up your website.

By the way, I highly recommend getting your domain name and your web hosting through Namecheap. I’ve used Namecheap for about five years now, and I’ve not been disappointed. They are professional and affordable.

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What is Web Hosting?

What is web hosting, you may be wondering?

Think of web hosting like renting a storefront for your business. You have somewhere to put the files that make up your website so that others will be able to find them.

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Web hosts vary greatly in price, starting around $3 per month all the way up.

Again, I prefer Namecheap!

Web hosting is like renting a storefront, only for your website's files

What kinds of Web Hosting options are there?

What are the different options for web hosting and websites?

Free Options

There are free options such as blogger, wordpress.com (not to be confused with self-hosted WordPress, or wordpress.org), and other website options out there. The main problems with these options are:

  • You usually can’t sell directly on these sites, depending on the Terms of Service
  • It doesn’t look as professional to have a yourdomain.blogspot.com
  • Sometimes you don’t actually own your content and your whole site can disappear if they find you in violation of their terms of use (according to many terms of service)

However, this sort of option might work for you if you’re just interested in getting information out there to your readers, and you’re pointing them to another site (such as Etsy, Amazon, or others) to sell your products.

Carefully look at the terms of use, to make sure you’re not in violation.

Basic Paid Options

Believe it or not, sometimes the cheaper basic options may work for you, depending on your needs. It’s important to, first of all, know what you need before you buy your hosting, and understand some of the options available.

Among the more important options, I would say the three that stick out in my mind are these:

When in doubt, a web developer can help you figure out what you might need for web hosting.

What are the bandwidth and file allotment?

Many of these are now “unlimited” (within reason, if you read the fine print).

Bandwidth means the amount of data that is allowed to be transferred to and from your website in a given month. Usually, you’ll not need a huge bandwidth allotment.

Again, it all depends on what you are doing with your site.

How many domain names does it allow?

Normally, with a web host, you have one main domain name, and then any number of parked domains and possibly even subdomains. I’ve noticed that some cheaper web hosting doesn’t allow more than one domain name. This is not a problem if you’ve only purchased one. However, if you have all of the TLDs for your domain, you’ll want to park them on your web hosting.

Does it have MySQL databases?

That may sound like Greek to you, but a MySQL database is the heart of many modern websites. The database is now used to hold most of the information in a dynamic website, such as a shopping cart or a WordPress website. You’ll need at least one of those.

Other Considerations

Most web hosts have other options, usually referred to as “Business” or “Enterprise” packages.

Most of the time, from my experience, these are more geared towards a larger company with a huge amount of web traffic, not towards the home based business just starting out. Usually, if your traffic has gotten too high, they will let you know if you need to upgrade.

A web developer will be able to let you know if any given web host will fit your needs.

I love to help side hustlers and solopreneurs get started. I have several WordPress Set Up packages that do the heavy lifting for you. Part of these packages is helping figure out what you need. If you’re interested, contact me. I’d love to help.

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