Too many technical words? Try our Web Hosting Glossary.
The Big Questions
Q: What exactly is Web Hosting?
A: Put simply, Web Hosting is the process which enables you to publish a website to the Internet. It is arguably the most essential aspect of launching a website, as it is what enables the site to be accessed by anyone with an Internet connection.
Q: How does Web Hosting work?
A: Hosting companies provide a certain amount of virtual storage space (i.e. 10gb) on a powerful computer called a server. These are often housed in a data center with numerous other servers, all of which are connected to the Internet. Your website is stored on the server and accessed by people via search engine results or your URL.
Q: What is a URL (Uniform Resource Locator)?
A: Also known as a web address, your URL is what enables web browsers (such as Google Chrome or Internet Explorer) to locate your website out of the billions of pages on the Internet. For example, http://www.bbc.co.uk or our own URL http://www.webhostingsearch.com. The most recognizable part of a URL is the domain - visit our Domain Search page to find yours today!
Q: Any tips on choosing a good domain?
A: Some general guidance is on the Domain Search page linked above, and we go into the topic in more depth in this article: Buying a Domain Name for the First Time.
Q: How can I publish a website?
A: We explore the topic in this article: How to Publish a Website. You can also watch our step-by-step WordPress video tutorial which walks you through the process of setting up, designing and publishing a highly polished and professional-looking website on the popular CMS (Content Management System) known as WordPress.
Web Hosting Solutions: In Brief
Q: What types of Web Hosting are there?
A: Most hosting solutions are some form of Cheap Web Hosting (hosting on a Shared Server), Virtual Private Server (VPS), Cloud Hosting or Dedicated Server Hosting. Each has its own merits, which we go into in depth on the linked pages.
Q: My website has quite specific hosting needs - do you list any specialist plans?
A: YES! Take a look at the Hosting Types page for all of the different specialisms our partners cater for. Some of the most popular are Green Hosting, WordPress Hosting and Java Hosting. Alternatively, you may wish to use our Advanced Hosting Search tool.
Q: Can I use Cheap Web Hosting to create an online store and make money? Are there any hidden costs?
A: It is possible to host an online store on a Cheap Web Hosting plan, however an eCommerce Hosting plan is usually more suitable as they generally include essentials such as shopping basket and secure online payment software. Also, if your number of visitors or amount of storage required exceeds your limits, you may end up incurring additional charges.
Q: I am interested in providing Web Hosting services - any recommendations?
A: Start by reading our Reseller Hosting page, where you can find out more about hosting plans which allow you to repackage and re-sell hosting solutions to your own customers.
Q: What are some general things I should assess when looking for a good Web Hosting solution?
A: Ensure that it has the following:
Reliability - look for 99.9% uptime
User-friendly control panel
Helpful technical support
About Web Hosting Search
Q: What does Web Hosting Search actually do?
A: Web Hosting Search provides easily accessible guidance to help you through the process of starting a website, and choosing between Web Hosting companies. We negotiate rock-bottom prices with the hosting providers listed on the site in order to offer our visitors the best possible deal on their Web Hosting solution.
Q: Who runs Web Hosting Search?
A: If you would like to know more about Web Hosting Search and the team that makes it possible, or want to get in touch, come take a look at our Contact/About Us page!
Q: I want to compare Web Hosting providers side-by-side - is this possible?
A: Yes - please see hosting providers compared side-by-side. This can also be done on each of the Hosting Types pages by ticking the boxes next to the top hosting solutions and clicking 'Compare Plans'.
Q: I'm here to read reviews about Web Hosting providers, where are they?
A: Our Web Hosting Reviews page is your destination - browse around, or use the search bar to find a particular provider.
Q: I would like to write a review of a Web Hosting service; where do I need to go?
A: Web Hosting Search helps people to find the best Web Hosting companies available to them; if you have any feedback on a particular web hosting company, we would really appreciate you writing a review about your experience to help us continue providing this service.
Q: My company provides Web Hosting - how do I get on your lists?
A: The Web Hosting companies listed on this site are judged on value for money, usability, reliability and support, among other attributes. If you can offer consistently high standards in these areas, submit your company for review and we will contact you.
If you have a question that isn't mentioned here, please let us know in the comments below or get in touch via the Contact/About Us page, and we will do our best to help you.