Web Hosting

Got a domain name with no place to go? Confused by jargon-filled chatter about hosting and bandwidth? Just want to know enough to get your business online? Let me help you and explain what you need to know about web hosting. To clearly understand how a particular hosting package can benefit you, the goals and needs of the website should be planned in advance.

Without web hosting, your website can never reach the outside world. Hosting is the essential link between your website and the Internet, but can often become a baffling and confusing annoyance. If you’re like me, being forced to read a list of technical specifications and jargon is a better cure for insomnia than a mallet to the skull. But sometimes, choosing the right hosting package can involve making important business decisions based on information it seems you need a year at night school to fully understand. This guide may not answer all your questions, but should at least provide a window into the world of web hosting.

After a lot of research and experience, I finally found a hosting that suits my needs and the needs of others around me. To host my sites, I choose HostPapa and I'll explain why. If you already know everything about web hosting and would like to register, please click on the banner bellow to get started.

How do I choose the best hosting company?

When choosing a hosting company, there are certain ingredients that can make the difference between online success and an Internet disaster. Do you want to be able to contact your hosting company at 10pm if your site and email develop problems? Do you know how secure and stable the provider’s hosting setup is? Do you want to deal with someone who speaks English instead of technical jargon?

There are a number of small hosting businesses set up in garages and basements or with limited staff resources. They may be cheaper, but the smaller the company, the fewer resources they have available to provide adequate customer support or servicing when you need it. It is not unknown for websites to go down only to discover that the person responsible for fixing the server is on holiday or otherwise unavailable. Every time your website is down, your business loses money, so compromises on hosting prices can cost you in other ways.

Also, although it is possible to host your website anywhere in the world, choosing a local hosting company can have greater advantages. Dealing with a hosting company in the United States can be frustrating. Long distance calls are expensive and email support can often be slow and unhelpful outside of US business hours. If your website is suffering costly delays during Canadian business hours, you don’t want to wait for China to wake up before it can be fixed.

What do I need to consider when choosing a hosting package?

There are a number of factors to consider when deciding on the best value hosting solution for your website. It is important to not only understand your current goals, but have an idea for how the website is likely to evolve.

In choosing a hosting plan, there are a few key considerations. Data storage, data transfer, bandwidth, databases and scripting technology. Most hosting accounts come equipped with features such as email. Even so, there are some that consider email an added extra for a fee. Check for the features you need beforehand so you have a clear idea of the total cost of the package.

Where in the world is your web server?

Do you know where your hosting company is storing your data? Most Australian hosting is actually stored offshore, although you wouldn’t know it. Storing your website overseas can also impact your website by being slower and being less responsive.

The Canadian portion of HostPapa's hosting infrastructure is located
and maintained in Ontario.

Should I worry about data transfer limits?

Hosting accounts usually have a data transfer limit. This is the amount of data the hosting package can provide to the Internet within the given time period (usually a month). This is similar to you home Internet account, for example, where you pay so much for your connection with a fixed download limit. If you go over your monthly limit, depending on your provider, you may find your Internet speed throttled to a crawl or be charged extra for every additional megabyte of data.

If either of these outcomes happened to your website, it is not an ideal outcome. Your website could become slow to load or you could receive a larger bill to pay for the extra data transfer.

Thankfully, you don’t need to worry. All HostPapa hosting accounts have unlimited data transfer, no throttling and no additional data fees.

Now what?!

Now that you know the basics of web hosting, let's compare the different companies around us. A comparison chart is listed bellow.

Comparison

Features

Hosting Plan(s)
Price Range (in CAD)
Advertising Credits
Disk Space
Transfer (bandwidth)

PHP
CGI / Perl
SSL
SQL Databases
Cron Tasks
Control Panel(s)
Available OS

24x7 Email Support
24x7 Phone Support
Moneyback Guarantee

HostPapa

1
$3.95
$500
Unlimited
Unlimited

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
cPanel / WHM
Linux & Windows

Yes
Yes
30 days

JustHost

2
$3.95 to $19.95
$125
Unlimited
Unlimited

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
cPanel / WHM
Linux

Yes
Yes
anytime

Bluehost

2
$3.95 to $4.95
$100
Unlimited
Unlimited

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
cPanel / WHM
Linux

Yes
Yes
30 days

iPage

1
$3.50 to $6.99
$450
Unlimited
Unlimited

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
cPanel
Linux

Yes
Yes
anytime

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Even if I recommend HostPapa as my #1 hosting, doesn't mean I can't recommend any other company. Contact me via email or phone and we can discuss your needs on this matter or click on the banner bellow to register.

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