What is Website Hosting?
Every website on the internet is on a computer somewhere, connected to the World Wide Web.
Website hosting services are companies that rent space on internet-connected-computers to you so your website can be seen around the world.
Recommended Hosting Service
I’ve used several website hosting services over the years and routinely research the latest reviews, features and pricing of a number of competitive hosting sites. For the last couple of years I have been impressed by and recommend my clients use SiteGround.com for their websites. I like SiteGround for a number of reasons, primarily because of its:
- Quick and knowledgable customer service (the longest I’ve had to wait for a technical consult via chat has been 4 minutes)
- Free SSL (a level of security needed by any website on the internet)
- cPanel and SSH access (things that make my job way easier)
- 99.9% uptime guarantee
- No annoying up-selling
No hosting service is perfect, however. The down-side to using SiteGround is there is only one contact associated with an account. This means that all billing as well as technical updates are sent to only one e-mail address. Because it is a core belief that my clients own their own website, I ask they also own their own website hosting account. Therefore, you will get the technical notifications SiteGround (and any good hosting service) periodically sends. You may want these notifications sent to your website administrator instead of you so you don’t have to try to figure out if the notifications can be ignored. I can respect that. In that case, I recommend that either your website administrator’s email is given as a contact, or your website administrator resells the hosting service to you.
If you are here because you are a client of Erbinweb and you prefer to be the contact on the hosting account, please go to this post for instructions on how to sign-up with SiteGround.com.