Picking the right web hosting provider on a budget

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Getting your website online can be daunting if you’re new to the market. A simple google search for ‘make a website’ returns over 3 billion results in less than a second. Every single website is claiming to be ‘the best, hassle free option’ to getting online. It’s natural to feel a little reluctant at first, but don’t worry. This blog post will break down the different types of hosting available to you, and how you can ensure you get the best possible deal.

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So What Exactly is Hosting?

Before we start though, what is hosting? Well, if your domain name is your property, see hosting as the land your website will be built on. There are companies called hosting providers who lease you this space online, and you can pay them monthly or yearly. That’s hosting in a nutshell, really.

So, what’s there to be worried about? We asked a bunch of newbies and this is what they said:

  • “Is free hosting actually free?”
  • “Will I be penalized for exceeding my limit?”
  • “What’s the difference between storage and bandwidth?”

So, let’s sort through these one by one and then we’ll talk about the different options available to you.

1. Is free hosting actually free? I thought there’s no such thing as a free lunch…

You’re totally right. Free hosting may look free at first glance, but a lot of the time the performance and support you get kind of justifies the lack of price. There’s all sorts of limitations designed to encourage you to upgrade, all stuffed in the small print of the online contract.

2. Will I be penalized for exceeding my limit?

Many hosting providers will decrease your speed if you overstep the lines set in their terms and conditions, which could have a negative impact on visitors on your site, as no one likes a sluggish user experience.

3. What’s the difference between storage and bandwidth?

So storage is how much you can put on your websit—it’s similar to the storage you have on your phone or laptop. Bandwidth is how many visitors a month your website can comfortable accommodate. For a basic website, 70MB bandwidth will be more than enough to get you going.

So now you know a bit more about hosting, let’s cut through all the online noise and explain the different types of hosting available…

Type of Hosting What’s it all about?
Shared If you’re starting out, shared hosting will do you just fine. It’s the cheapest kind of hosting around and it offers basic websites decent speeds. Shared hosting is basically like living in shared accommodation, where everyone shares the same electricity and water supply. Everyone has to use the resources fairly for an overall good experience for everybody.
VPS A Virtual Private Server (VPS) is the next step up from shared hosting. It’s like living in an apartment block where you have your own stuff, but still share the overall building with everyone else. Having a VPS is faster, more secure and more responsive than shared hosting, as you get resource that’s just for you.
Dedicated The next step up, dedicated is basically your very own house, with no one else sharing anything. A far cry from what a newbie would need, dedicated hosting is for specialists and experts who have high traffic websites.

The Solution (and a treat, just for you Noobies)

Free Virtual Servers have been helping first timers get online for over 10 years, so we know a thing or two about hosting. We believe in the ideal solution the first time, so we’re very transparent about what we offer. We offer everything you need in one neat, simple package at rock bottom prices. No pesky extras or annoying add-ons. With FVS, you deal with a person who cares about your website, and knows you might be a first timer to the online world.

With us, shared hosting offers you ample space and speed to build your website and allow thousands of people to visit it without a problem. Need more proof? Our TrustPilot page speaks for itself.

Oh, and we also offer our very own website builder, so getting your website online is painless. And just for Noobie customers for the next week, the coupon code NOOBIE will get you our Lite unlimited hosting package for just £1 ($1.56) for the first month, and then just £4.99 ($7.80) moving forwards.

Click here to visit the packages page, pick the ‘Lite’ package and just use your coupon code at the checkout!

We hope you found the article helpful. Good luck!