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Guide for Dummies: How to choose your web hosting

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This article is for anyone who wants to create a website. After reading it, you will be able to choose the ideal web hosting for your project and your budget. Which accommodation to choose for its first website? Which are the reliable hosts? What is the difference between a shared hosting, a dedicated server or a VPS? You will know everything!

1. Create a website: how does it work?
You need 3 things to create a site:
Ø A domain name, such as :
Ø Hosting to store your pages, articles, etc.
Ø A content management system like WordPress or Joomla. This will allow you to create your site easily without any technical knowledge.

The easiest way is to manage your domain at the same company that hosts your website and email addresses. The link between your site, your emails and your domain name will be done automatically    Otherwise, you will have to manually adjust the DNS zone of your domain so that it points to your Mail and Web hosting. If you are new, avoid this!

Now that you have an overview of what you need to create a site, it's time to define your needs in order to choose the accommodation that's right for you.

2. Define your needs
A. How will you create your site?
There are two possible scenarios:
·        You know how to code and you want to design your site from A to Z.
·        You don’t know how to code and you then want to create a your own site without having any knowledge about PHP, HTML, CSS, etc.
If you are in the second case, I advise you to create your site with WordPress. It is the most used site creation tool in the world and it is perfectly adapted for most projects:
·        Blog with articles, photos and videos
·        Showcase site for a company
·        Online Store
·        portfolio
·        CV online
·        Photo Galleries
·        Etc.
If you have a store with many items for sale online, PrestaShop could also be a solution to study. As a photographer, Koken could also be a good alternative to WordPress if your priority is to share photo galleries. There are hundreds of web applications that can be used to create sites, forums, quizzes, and so on.

Whatever your choice depend on, the huge popular of content management systems share one thing in very common: they require that web hosting that supports PHP and MySQL databases. Rest assured, it is not necessary to know what it is to create your site. This simply directs the type of accommodation you need.

B. What is the purpose of your site?
Here are three key questions to ask yourself:
·        What are you talking about on your site?
·        Who will your site go to?
·        What value will you bring to your visitors?

If you don’t know that for what purpose am going to create my website? You risk that you are talking about all or nothing and not attract many of people which you want to target. The risk is then to quickly demotivate and abandon your project, which would be a pity?
So, take really a few minutes to ask yourself how people will find your site via the search engines and what problems or needs you will answer.

It does not matter if there are already sites that do the same thing that you would like to do. It's even a good sign, because it shows that there is interest in your theme! The bottom line is that it makes sense for you and your approach is as unique as you are 👍 

C. How to evaluate the resources you need?
Like your computer,  or your mobile, the server that hosts your place will assign some control so that your site is showed quickly, irrespective of the number of persons who visit your site at the same time.
The power of hosting is essentially expressed by these variables:
·        The maximum execution time allocated to your scripts
·        The amount of RAM allocated to your scripts
·        The type of disk used to store files and databases
·        The raw power of the server (processor, RAM)
·        The network infrastructure of the host

Contrary to what one might think, it is not necessary to have ultra-powerful hosting to handle a million visitors a day if your site is well developed and optimized    Two important variables determine the power you need:
·        The main traffic of your site (the number of people who connect at a same time)
·      The number of requests of the most frequented pages and their complexity

If you are new and all this seems to be Chinese, I recommend that you choose a basic shared hosting by verifying that the hosting provider that you retain allows it to evolve easily, for example to a VPS or a cloud server.

D. Which type of accommodation to choose?
If this is your first website, I recommend choosing a shared hosting. This obscure term simply means that your server's resources (processor and memory) will be shared with hundreds of websites, including yours. Depending on the sites and hosts, this type of hosting is more than enough and you will never need to upgrade to a more powerful solution.

If you already have a website on a shared hosting and your host regularly invites you to optimize your site under penalty of suspending it, it is time to migrate to a more powerful hosting with resources entirely dedicated to your site. site. Two solutions are available to you:

·        The private virtual server (VPS)
·        The cloud server

The big difference between these two solutions is that the VPS is a server whose resources are allocated entirely to a limited number of websites in a virtual way while the cloud server draws its resources in a decentralized way, in the cloud. In other words, the resources of a VPS are limited to a physical server while those of a cloud server can increase without any limit according to the evolution of your needs! To choose, you have better time to opt for a cloud server, especially since this solution is more economical than a VPS or a dedicated server.

Depending on the success and optimization of your site, you may need even more powerful hosting than a VPS or a cloud server. While in this instance, you have two solutions available:

·        The dedicated ultra-vitamin server
·        Very high availability hosting

A dedicated server survitaminé will allow you to achieve performance even slightly higher than a cloud server, but can not work a miracle if you must ensure the availability of your site permanently, whatever happens and regardless of the number of visitors who access your site. In this case, you will be forced to opt for high-availability hosting or a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution that creates an environment with load balances and multiple synchronized cloud servers located in data centers. distinct. This type of hosting normally involves a personalized SLA contract according to your needs which guarantees a total availability of your infrastructure subject to clearly specified conditions.

3. Choose a web host
Now that you know what type of accommodation you need, it's time to choose a web host. As the latter will take care of the infrastructure of your hosting and the management of your domain name, it is important to choose a reliable and serious company in the long term.

     A.   What are the essential differentiation criteria?
There are so many hosts and different prices that choosing your host can become a real headache, especially since it is easy to doubt the objectivity of tests and comparisons of well-established host in the field. This is why I will try to give you the most important indicators so that you can make your own choice without having to blindly follow the recommendations of actors who are often salaried to place one host pretty than another.

Contrary to what you might think, the following criteria are not decisive, because almost all the hosts include them in their offer or will propose them in the short term:

·        Free SSL Certificates
·        Anti-DDoS protection
·        Size of available disk space
·        SSD technology for files and databases
·        Daily backup of files and databases
·        Support technologies like Node.js, Ruby, Litespeed or MariaDB
On the other hand, the following four criteria do not change over time and are decisive:

- The effectiveness and availability of support
You will sooner or later need to contact your host: to activate a technology required by a Web application, for a technical question or to understand why your site is slow or no longer works. Whatever the reason, it is essential to be able to easily contact your host and receive useful and effective help.

In my opinion, the reputation of the support of a host is the most important point to make his choice!

- The evolution of accommodation
Technology and development languages ​​are evolving more and more quickly, and it is essential to engage with a host who is involved in the research and development of its products. Observe the blog and publications of hosts on social networks to ensure that it moves regularly.

For this criterion, large players will tend to benefit from more resources than small hosts for research and innovation, but they will also be hampered by the size of their server farm to maintain and update.

- Resources allocated to your accommodation
For shared hosting, the amount of RAM (memory_limit) and the execution time (max_execution_time) allocated to your scripts reveal the power you will have at your disposal. Unfortunately, this information is rarely highlighted and you will often have to consult the knowledge base or support of the host to obtain it.

As an indication, the following values ​​are excellent:

·        300 seconds (execution time)
·        1280 MB of RAM (memory)
This comparison can help you compare these two variables.

B. How to be sure to choose a good web host?
·        Resources owed to web hosting (memory and execution time)
·        The web host's blog (does it move?)
·        The host's Twitter account (outages, frustrated customers, responsiveness, etc.)
·        Support (try to contact him several times and judge for yourself)
·        Facebook notices (they can not be censored)
·        Google reviews (they can not be censored)
C. Which are the leading web hosting companies?
Here are hosts who enjoy an excellent reputation:

·        Infomaniak (my recommendation)
·        PlanetHoster
·        o2switch
·        Siteground (low cost with responsive support)
The following hosts often offer more good rates but achieve hundreds of thousands of clients. In case of queries or problems with your site, you will need to arm yourself with patience:

·        OVH
·        GoDaddy
·        1 & 1
·        Bluehost
·        Hostgator

D. Are there free and ad-free accommodations?
Yes, but it's a false good idea 😉
Hosting a site involves costly infrastructure and strong technical skills. By opting for a 100% free hosting solution, you have no guarantee regarding the availability, performance and security of your site. Plus, a free web host can shut down overnight or lose all of your data without any backup under your elbow.
There are two exceptions to this rule:
·        Infomaniak offers students the possibility of free accommodation for the duration of their studies. This is their flagship Web + Mail hosting and you have a professional solution for your site. Learn more
·        The Planethoster World Lite hosting allows you to start on the Internet with a real domain name and everything you need to create a website (PHP, databases, etc.). Less complete and powerful than that of Infomaniak, this offer still has the advantage of being open to everyone. Learn more
If you know of other offers of this type, do not hesitate to mention them in the comments 👍

4. Share your choice in the comments
Tell me in the comments:
Ø Which host you chose (Infomaniak, OVH, etc.).
Ø For what type of hosting you have chosen (shared, VPS, etc.).
Ø How did you make that decision?
Ø If you are satisfied with your choice.
I really hope this article has helped you. Feel free to share it if you think he can help others choose their web hosting 😊

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