Sheila Vertoghen, has a technical education in the field of Internet technologies, although she never received a diploma. She made my first website back in 2002, where she published photos of Mickey Mouse. After 3 years, these photos had to be deleted, as a complaint was received from the copyright holder. Since then, she has been teaching others what to do. It's a legend.
The main principle of work that Sheila adheres to is to eat from one to two in any case. Although she is not the owner of a hosting company, she believes that her advice can be key, and refusing to follow her tips is a rare foolishness.
Hosting - the location of all the files of the website. If you compare it with an offline store, then the analogy to hosting will be a room where the company's office or store is located, but instead of square meters of space, there will be units of measurement of virtual space. We are talking about a server-a remote special computer where all the page files will be placed. The key difference from a PC is the capabilities, function, and working conditions.
Hosting can be paid or free. Paid servers are stable, have wide capabilities, high technical characteristics and capacities, and allow the web project to stand firmly without problems and interruptions. Free ones are limited in functionality and expose your project to all sorts of risks.
Not so bad free hosting, as they say about it. It is quite good for web pages designed to work in a short period of time. For example, a business card site or a landing page. In these cases, a free or inexpensive hosting server will withstand the load and allow you to save on the service of its rental. But when you open a large site with a presumably large volume of visits (an online store, a corporate portal, etc.), the hosting provider can seriously fail. Even the best free hosting can not guarantee that there will be no problems. Let's list the most common of them.
When problems arise on free or cheap hosting services, there is almost no feedback. Practically, there is never a response to requests from the server owners. Therefore, solving important problems or tasks becomes either impossible or difficult.
If technical or legal issues arise, free hosting companies avoid responsibility, since there is no stable concept of "seller-buyer". It is almost impossible to achieve justice if your site and business suffer because of a low-quality server.Virtual space limitthe total weight of the web page and the size of the files may be more than the allocated space of the free server allows. Because of this, you will have to get rid of some of the features of your project or expect it to work incorrectly.
While setting up your site, you may find that the hosting does not support important functions: email, PHP, MySQL. This will lead to a number of problems. For example, if the hosting does not support PHP, you will not be able to host a site created on a popular CMS or develop your own.
Often, free hosting companies place their ads on customer sites, which is very difficult to get rid of. This undermines the image of the web project and the company as a whole.
To choose a free hosting service, we recommend that you evaluate the offers in advance, read reviews about each server, weigh the pros and cons, and never hope for its perfect performance. However, do not set yourself up for the worst - for simple one-page users, this option is quite suitable.
The choice of hosting should be based on its loyalty, technical capabilities in relation to the requirements of your project. Therefore, before choosing a hosting service for a site, you need to check their types in detail.
Top-end type of hosting. It involves hosting a large number of websites on a single server with a separate location for each project. All sites use the same software and features.This type of service has limited traffic, space for each site, as well as a list of services according to the selected tariff. However, this is the best option for small sites with up to 1,500 visitors every day.
Suitable for: small online stores and pages. A good and inexpensive option, allows you to save on rent, providing a wide range of functionality and packages. The rental price does not exceed 5-10$ per month.
The provider allocates its own server for hosting the site. The contractor connects the server in its data center and provides it with stability, uninterrupted operation, for the client - technical support and a guarantee of the security of all data stored on the physical hosting. At the same time, all the technical capabilities of the server are aimed only at one project hosted in it.
Suitable for: all large and important projects. It can be used both for one project and for several at the same time. This is the most expensive (and most reliable) hosting provider option, but when used for multiple sites, it allows you to save money and becomes more profitable than shared hosting.
In its functions, this type is similar to physical hosting in that it allows you to use alternative software. Also, a site located on a dedicated server automatically has access to a physical server and eliminates competition among other hosted projects at the time of heavy loads.
Suitable for: large online stores and sites with up to 15,000 visitors every day. The rental price is $ 20-50 per month. It assumes a large amount of virtual space and allows you to place a huge number of files.
This type is the most flexible and resistant to loads. It consists of several servers grouped together. This significantly increases the power of hosting and, as a result, the power of the site. The stability of the site, located on a cloud hosting, ensures the interchangeability of servers. If it starts to lag or completely falls, the second one will continue to work. Hosting resources may change depending on the load on it.
Suitable for: all types of sites. The cost of renting varies with the load on the server. It is not fixed, but depends on the individual resources involved. For example, for the number of application users, traffic, etc. At the same time, you do not need to pay for unused resources on the server during a certain period.
One of the sites on this miracle hosting stopped working. The message Future home of something quite cool was issued. If you're the site owner, log in to launch this site. The rest of the sites worked fine. The technical support did not want to help with ANYTHING: this is not our problem. Although I tell them that I mocked the site folder, created the site from scratch and in a new empty folder created index.php and index.html with the content "ok". The problem was not solved. Even if I messed up somewhere, the support was completely zero and categorically refused to do anything.
Before that, there were still problems that the sites were working extremely unstable. This was decided by the transition to a new tariff, but godaddy himself did not tell us anything that the sites were "bribing". Phone support only, which already speaks of them as a company that their customers don't care about.
There are also no free auto-renewing SSL certificates. Even if the problem with this one site were resolved, then every time I don't want to buy and insert certificates, so in any case, we have already decided to move.
We needed an American hosting, a common problem with them is an aggressive promo with constant hidden conditions under the asterisk. A typical and most annoying one is the low promotional price. And also "unlimited" tariffs, which in fact are just as limited, just to find out the limits, you need to either shake the support, which will pretend that it does not understand what it is about, or check it out on your own skin.
I used this host for three years, the main gripe was that clients often could not download the file.
Now the host has a Russian version - ru.bluehost. It differs from the American one by a slightly lower price and, apparently, by the complete absence of support. Wrote a letter two weeks ago - no answer.
I needed a tariff with low traffic but high disk volume. So, for the 19th year, the "unlimited" disk volume of the bluhost is 20GB. Frankly speaking, the desire to save money (the store is small, sells a little, there is no point in betting on VPS) begins to evaporate under the yoke of unwillingness to work with a company whose absolutely everything is an advertising star, and each announced advantage turns out to be an advertising lie covered with a fig leaf of a “star” ...
Submitted ticket ignored for two weeks. An automatic reply came, i.e. this is not a technical error, but this is how they work.
From the pros - it seemed to work more or less stably. After I figured out (last time) with the limits, as well as when they fixed the files that weren't downloaded for some reason, there were no special problems.
Bluehost is an American hosting and ping is also appropriate (huge). In addition, they require documents, passport scans, etc. The prices there are very high - in all respects, it is generally unclear why they are entering our market, is it really just to extract data from ours? In short, a huge ping and this hosting does not suit us at all.
Today we will not be discussing my crooked legs or the snow in Nebraska. I decided to express my authoritative opinion on the issue of shared hosting for novice site builders. I ran sites on both BlueHost and HostGator (and then it turned out that this was the same company.) Then I fell for the low price from MochaHost, but I hadn’t seen such a slow hosting for a long time. In the end, my dull female instinct led me to Namecheap and I, don't get me wrong, finally got satisfaction.