Web Hosting – A Beginners’ Guide & My Hosting Reviews
Searching for a web host? Being a front end developer as well as a web hosting enthusiast, I try new web hosts from time to time. Now, if you’re short on time and don’t want to read several user reviews of a particular host on forums or Quora, you can take a look at these web hosts below that I’ve personally used and reviewed crucial factors like uptime, speed and support.
What is Web Hosting?
Simply put, web hosting is the process of hosting your website on a web server so that it can be served to your visitors. The job of your web host is not just restricted to store your website’s important files. Their job is to also serve those files at a high speed, whenever a visitor comes to your website. That’s how your website loads in the browser of a visitor. There are several important aspects of a web host’s overall service:
I agree that there are several other smaller aspects to look at while choosing a web host like cost, but these are the main things you should be looking at while assessing any web host. All my web hosting reviews comes with detailed performance metrics and my own experience with the host’s support department.
Types of Web Hosting
There are three main types of web hosting:
Shared hosting is the most restricted web hosting environment of the three, where you don’t have any admin-level access to the root server. You also have to share the server with significantly more users than in case of a VPS. Shared hosting is the most popular type of web hosting due to its affordability. This type of hosting is suitable for beginners.
In dedicated hosting, the entire server belongs to you and your website(s). You’ll have complete administrative control over it.
VPS is almost like the middle ground between the above two. Here you’ll get a slice of a dedicated server which you can control according to your wishes, but the main server will still have a few other VPS customers, with each having their own dedicated resources (CPU cores, RAM, etc.).
Why You Need An Unbiased Hosting Review?
When I was looking for my first web host, I was a victim of a bad recommendation made by a typical “web hosting review” site. That host, which I’d bought following the recommendation of that review website, gave me a terrible few weeks with absolutely slow performance, bad uptime, and an almost bot-run customer support.
This made me realize that most of these reviews are biased as they rank web hosts based on how much they get paid by them. I found the first host I liked through an actually useful web hosting forum.
Once I did that, I quickly realized what kind of terrible host I was dealing with prior to that one. I went on to review that web host, and it was my first review as an actual customer.
Since then, I’ve tried dozens of web hosts for several sites of my own while learning front-end development, and building websites for my clients.
I don’t review anything that I’ve not personally used, even if it’s for a brief period. This makes my reviews different than most other hosting reviews found on the internet.
I’ve managed to review a few popular names in the web hosting space. You can check out my reviews by clicking on the ‘In-Depth Review’ button on the cards at the top of this page.