What is Website Hosting and How Much Does it Cost?
Website hosting can be a confusing and complicated thing, if explained incorrectly. But it’s really not. This article will give you a brief outline of what website hosting is, why you need it, why type of hosting you need, and how much it costs.
SO WHAT IS WEBSITE HOSTING AND WHY DO I NEED IT?
Well, here’s the basics. Web hosting simply allows you to display your website online. It does this by saving your website files (designs) and database (content) to a server. So, in short, your website is saved to a server (which is home to your website, this is hosting), then, it is displayed online.
WHAT TYPE OF HOSTING DO I NEED FOR MY WEBSITE?
Well, there are 2 key factors that influence both the cost of hosting your website and the package you’ll need:
Disk Space is the storage space on your server. So, if you have lots of images on your PC, the more images you save to it the more space it takes up. This is how Disk Space works. The more files (image, text, etc) you add to your website, the more space is taken up. If 60-80% of you disk space is taken up your website then becomes in danger of crashing. This is discussed later in the article
In it’s simplest term bandwidth effects the number of visits allowed to your website. When someone visits your website they are requesting to view your website from your server. The server than transfers your website to the vistors PC. Each time this happens you use up bandwidth, until your website crashes because there is no more bandwidth. Therefore, its important to have enough bandwidth for your website hosting to ensure you have enough for the number of visitors you expect to recieve in the month. Now of course, this depends on your website popularity online, business reputation, SEO and Adwords marketing and other marketing tools for your website.
HOSTING TYPE SUMMARY
Depending on the size of your website, and the number of people visiting your website will determine the website hosting package you require. Use the guidelines below to help with estimating your web hosting package.
Small Website- Disk Space around 100MB, and with a Bandwidth of 1GB.
Large Website- Disk Space aroudn 1GB, and with a Bandwidth of 10GB.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST ME?
Website packages vary tremendously, but on the whole, you should be looking to pay around £5-10 per month for a small business package, and approximately £10-50 per month for an ecommerce website. Any websites that are large in file size or have thousands of visits per month can see costs increase to £200+.
PAVA WEB DESIGN PACKAGES
SMALL BUSINESS WEBSITE £35/YR (£2.90/mo) – Disk Space around 100MB, and with a Bandwidth of 1GB.
LARGE WEBSITE £60/MO (£5.00/mo) – Disk Space aroudn 1GB, and with a Bandwidth of 10GB.
I hope you have enjoyed your read, should you have any questions post them below and the team and Pava Web Design will do their best to reply to you. Remember, your website is ever growing both in size and visits, this will impact your hosting package!