How does web hosting work? - Concept C, Agence Web

How does web hosting work?

When a web agency talks to you about hosting, they obviously aren’t talking about party they’re going to plan for you. No. They’re talking about web hosting, where you “host” your site. But how does it work?

What is web hosting?

In general, it’s an actual place filled with servers (computers) that store and manage your data: HTML, CSS, images, databases and files, for display on the Internet. Users, when going to your site, connect to this server. Some providers may offer to host your site themselves by offering a local server they keep at home or store in a specialized location.

To better understand, imagine that your site is a house and the hosting is the land on which it is built. This land can be rented or bought to set up your house there so that it can be visited. The great Internet city has a lot of houses and lots of land, all different and suitable for different services. Of course, you need a site that meets your needs, and that gives you the space you need for your use, your budget and your customers. There are, as in everything, good and bad accommodations. Good hosting suits your needs and budget, is fast, reliable, and comes with good customer service. You don’t want to be redirected to a rolling call center like the Department of Revenue if your site goes down.

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Types of hosting

Shared hosting

Shared hosting offers a cost-effective and accessible approach by allowing multiple sites to live in the same place. It’s a bit like an apartment building. You always have your address and you can decorate it to your liking. However, in many cases it is not possible to make major changes and this is not recommended for large companies that need complex and total management.

VPS

Then there are the VPS (virtual private servers), which are single-client servers. They are generally used for sites that require more tailor-made services. They allow infinite personification, but are more expensive. Like the shared servers in the paragraph above, these are found in data centers or server farms. These are huge secure centers where thousands of computers are found and not a meadow where servers frolic in the fields bleating in the sun …

Local servers

If you are ambitious, you can also opt for a local server. It is a physical server that you keep at home and take care of your site for you. BUT ! If there is a problem, you better know what to do, as you will not have access to any phone or automatic update service, and you will not be able to call a family member to answer the question. Anyway, it would be surprising if Nana knew what to do in case of crypto-lockage … On the other hand, they are a lot – but a LOT – more expensive.

Wordpress specialized accommodation

Here, at Concept C, we use a mix of these types, but optimized for WordPress. These are servers with fewer accounts per unit, therefore more accessible resources, some of which are reserved for each account. You have the best of both worlds: resources reserved for you and others you share to keep costs down, as very few sites are in high demand 24/7.

For those who have such demand we offer VPS and Dedicated options to meet all needs.

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3 advantages of a good web hosting

1. Speed

The Internet is like a post office. There are shipments of simple envelopes (texts, links), small packages (light photos, logos, graphics), as well as large packages (heavy images, interactions and videos). Each takes a different time to load and can slow down your web page opening time. Owning a good hosting facilitates data transfers and makes visiting your site instant and pleasant.

Several factors come into play to ensure the speed of your site, as much on the hosting side as on the elements of the site itself: Heavy images, sharing of servers, several pages, videos, elements not optimized for the web etc.

If you’re wondering how fast your site should be going, know that most people leave a page after only 2-3 seconds. Google will also prioritize your site if it is fast. Moral of the story: speed is good for SEO!

2. Security

If you are hosting your site with a hosting company or a host (in the case of shared servers), be aware that this gives you some assurance that your files will be kept safe. Protection against attack or weather can NEVER be 100% guaranteed, but at least you will be putting the odds in your favor. The host (you can think of him as the building janitor) will take care of keeping the infrastructure in order, making the required updates, controlling unwanted traffic (to a certain extent) and provide a firewall to secure your site from potential intruders. However, it is possible that in the event of an attack on one of your neighbors, you too will be affected due to the sharing of space.

3. The service

Doing business with an agency for your web hosting gives you peace of mind in dealing with a crisis if your site becomes unresponsive. It also allows you to keep your data in the same place, even after the removal of your pages. You can discuss your options and assess your needs in a personalized way and with a focus on your business. Plus, you’ll be directed to the right type of server and the right communication process for you, at a competitive price. If your site becomes slow or stops working, they will be able to guide you and inform you about the optimization steps.

In conclusion, it is important to choose carefully where we host and with whom we host our site. A lot of costs have probably already been invested in the design, production, programming and optimization of your site up to now and it would be deplorable if everything were placed on a poorly maintained or outdated server. This even to save a few dollars. The underside of accommodation is complex, technical and evolving. That’s why sometimes we seem to have our heads in
the cloud“.

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