A Business Owners Guide to Web Hosting & Security!

Nov 11, 2023

Regardless of how you build your site. Once it’s ready, you need to put it somewhere such that your files and your images; what we call content in general, is accessible to the internet. This is where web hosting comes in

  • Web hosting is provided by companies called Web hosts.
  • Web hosts are companies that own computers called Web servers.
  • Web servers are servers that are connected to the internet.

Web host allow you to rent space on their web servers and doing so, will avail your content to users on the internet. This allows people to look for and find you on the internet to visit your website.

When researching on web hosts, you’ll find three types of web hosting available for websites:

  1. Shared hosting
  2. Dedicated hosting
  3. VPS.

For most basic web sites. You only need to be concerned about shared hosting.
Shared hosting is where one big server hosts several websites and that should be sufficient for your needs.

If you’d like to get advice or get into the nitty-gritty of dedicated or VPS hosting, contact us so that we can walk you through your website needs and what we think the best hosting would be for your website.

Your web host should provide security and encryption and provide what we call an SSL certificate. An SSL certificate is what gives you the lovely padlock on your website proving to visitors who visit your website that they are safe and that their information and traffic is safe on your website. As there are are now free options for SSL certificates, there’s no excuse for a web host to not provide SSL certificates for you.

Most web hosts today provide daily backups for websites on the internet. This allows you to go back a day or two or so if you ever have a data breach and lose your information which is very important so that you are not back to square one, if you ever lose your information

So with this information, you’re now ready to look for your web host. Using Google witl guide you look for a host whether in your geographical area or not. The cool thing about the internet is that because all web hosts are accessible by the internet, it doesn’t matter where your web hosts is because it will still be accessible to the internet. The general rule of thumb is host your web host, host, your website with a web. This may affect the loading speeds which will improve or deteriorate their experience.

Make sure that you Google your intended web hosts reliability before purchasing to make sure that that up at least 99% of the time. No need getting a cheap web hosting if you’re going to be down 50% of the time.

At Touch Inspiration we normally default to to web hosts. The first one is Site Ground based out of the US and the second one is Host Africa, based out of about four different countries in Africa. We found that these are the easiest use, we love their features and their reliability.

With that we hope we’ve demystify of the whole topic of web host and you are now ready to go and search for your own web host.

If you need help, please reach out to us and we can walk you through the process.