When you create a website, whether it's a blog or your company's website, your goal is to make the information you decide to share accessible to your audience at any time and from anywhere in the world. To achieve this, you need the help of a web hosting provider.
Before answering the question in the title of this article, here is an overview of how the Internet works so that you have an idea of what to look for in a web hosting provider.
The Internet is a global communications network regulated by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). Among IANA's functions is the distribution of IP addressing internationally through five major organizations (LACNIC in Latin America, ARIN in North America, AFRINIC in Africa, RIPE NCC in Europe and APNIC in Asia), which sell IP blocks to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in each country. When you decide to create your company's website or blog and want to register your domain, i.e., give your site an identity (e.g., www.yourcompany.com), you need two things: a unique public address, provided by your ISP, and a team that hosts the content of your site, i.e., a host.
“Hosting is a rented dwelling in which you can store all sorts of files, databases, and emails".
Metaphorically, we can say that web hosting is a kind of file or directory that stores all the settings that make up your website. So when someone enters your website address into a search engine, the hosting is linked to a domain server, called DNS (domain name system), which links the public IP address to your website name and address, and finally displays your website.
Now that you have a clear idea of what hosting is and how it works, you need to choose whether you are going to have an internal network server for your business or hire a hosting company. In the case of large companies, having your own server can be a viable option, but if your company is not yet a giant in the business world, it is better to hire a provider. Here are the advantages.
The advantages of hiring a web hosting provider
A web hosting provider is a company that lends you space on a server to store all the data necessary for your site to function properly. According to Andrea Rimbaud, Publissoft's web server administrator, when you hire a provider, you get the following benefits:
- Cost savings: de coûts :although it is true that the service of a host is not free, it is much cheaper than having a server in your network, because this option involves costs of physical infrastructure, security, maintenance, remuneration of staff responsible for the operation of the server, energy consumption and air conditioning, etc.
- Computer security: if you have your website hosted on your own server, to some extent you are more likely to be the target of a computer attack, because even if your page is on a public IP address, there are contents that come from the private IP address, such as some forms, which are in a DMZ (demilitarized zone). In other words, a hacker could access your private network from your website, violating your security.
- Loss of information is no longer a problem: accidents and computer security breaches can happen at any time and can destroy your entire database. Tragic, isn't it? When you hire a web host, you can be sure that your website will always be in optimal condition, because your host will "watch your back" with backups that will allow you to restore your site in a very short period of time.
Types of web hosting: which one is right for you?
The type of hosting you choose to contract will determine the amount of resources the service provider will make available to you, such as RAM or CPU. Therefore, you should be aware of the types of hosting that exist and evaluate aspects such as the power of your provider's servers, the bandwidth it offers, the traffic available to your website and, of course, the price.
- Shared hosting:this type of hosting is ideal for low traffic sites. In shared hosting, one server hosts several clients, so they share the system and server resources. If among the clients you share hosting with there is one with a lot of traffic, it will use most of the resources and you will probably have trouble uploading your page.
- Virtual Private Server(VPS) : VPS hosting is located on a physical server with other VPS, but unlike shared hosting, VPS has exclusive and stable resources.
- Dedicated Hosting: this hosting is ideal for large companies. Dedicated hosting is the exclusive service of a customer, who can enjoy all its resources.
- Cloud Hosting:this type of hosting uses multiple servers, which store an updated copy of the sites they host. So, if one server goes down, another one is put into service, which optimizes the download time.
Publissoft, your best choice for a web hosting provider
While it's true that you can find many alternatives when looking for a web hosting provider, none of them offer a better proposition than Publissoft.
Publissoft is a leader in over 20 countries in the fields of SEO, web design, mobile application development and hosting. This company has dedicated servers in France, Canada, and the United States, as well as flexible instances in Google and Amazon, which allows it to expand its resources according to its clients' needs.
Publissoft's hosting service packages include daily backups on Amazon S3; SSL certificates for websites, mail and cPanel; anti-spam systems for forms, comments and payment gateways; and email relays to improve inbox delivery. And the best part: affordable pricing.
If you would like a detailed proposal on Publissoft's services, please https://publissoft.com/. We look forward to hearing from you.
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