If you have some doubts about different plans of web hosting for your website, then this web hosting FAQ resource page is for you. Bookmark this page for future reference.
I created this list of website hosting FAQs based on the questions that I get asked most. If your question is not listed on this page, kindly let me know in the comments or email at email@example.com
Q. How many types of hosting are there?
Generally, there are 5 main hosting types: Shared hosting, VPS hosting, Dedicated Hosting, Cloud Hosting, and Managed Web Hosting. But web-hosting companies market their hosting plans with various other names for marketing purpose.
Q. Which hosting should I choose?
If you are running a small website or blog and don’t have a significant budget, Shared hosting is good for you.
If you want a better service and plans on a budget then VPS hosting is for you.
For a complete advanced use without much budget limitation, Dedicated hosting is right for you.
You can choose Managed hosting if you have a huge budget but don’t want to dig into the technical stuff to manage your hosting.
Q. Which is the most affordable hosting type?
Shared Linux hosting is the most affordable hosting. Its price can be as low as Rs. 30-50 per month.
Q. Which hosting type is the more powerful?
Dedicated hosting is the most powerful hosting, you can do anything with a dedicated hosting plan.
Q. Which web hosting is appropriate for a small-medium size business or blog?
For most businesses, VPS hosting is best, as it gives better features and offerings at an affordable price.
If you feel your business is growing or will grow rapidly, then VPS cloud hosting is appropriate for you.
Q. What is shared hosting?
Shared hosting the cheapest and most economical option for hosting. In this hosting, your server is shared among various other people together. This hosting is the cheapest hosting because the overall server maintenance cost is divided among all the customers.
Q. What are the benefits of shared hosting?
- It is a less expensive hosting type.
- It is very easy to self-manage shared hosting for your website.
- Shared hosting can handle dynamic websites, suitable for small blogs.
Q. What are the disadvantages of shared hosting?
Since the servers in shared hosting are shared among various customers, so a problem in some other’s website may result in some crashed in your service. Security is also a big issue in shared hosting.
Q. Is shared hosting a good option for me?
If you’re a small business or a new blogger who do not have much traffic and a significant budget, but still you have a great enthusiasm to run your website, then shared hosting is a good option for you.
Q. How much does shared hosting cost?
Shared hosting costs Rs. 50-250 per month, depending on various hosting providers and their services.
Q. What is VPS hosting?
Virtual Private Hosting is a hosting service that creates a virtual dedicated server environment for you within a shared hosting space. VPS hosting is an economical alternative to Dedicated hosting, as you get dedicated hosting features at an affordable cost.
Q. Should I use VPS hosting?
If you run a small e-Commerce website, SaaS website, a blog with a significant number of views, then you should use VPS hosting.
Q. What are the advantages of VPS hosting?
Increased performance, reliability, security, with dedicated virtual resources, are the advantages of VPS hosting.
This hosting helps you scale resources instantly, save money, and grow your business.
Q. What are the disadvantages of VPS hosting?
It’s more expensive than shared hosting, you can’t control your server fully, your resources are not allocated to you properly, and it demands more technical experience to configure your server demands.
Q. How much does VPS hosting cost?
A good VPS hosting costs in a range of Rs. 1500 – 8000 per month. Depending on various services providers and plans.
Cloud VPS Hosting
Q. What is cloud VPS hosting?
Cloud VPS hosting is a scalable VPS hosting. You can easily and instantly scale your service requirement using this hosting. It is affordable because it offers a pay-as-you-go service.
Q. How does cloud VPS hosting work?
In cloud VPS hosting, there are many servers clusters together in shared hosting, and then some virtual servers are created to provide a scalable VPS hosting experience. Whenever you need to scale your hosting requirement, you can easily do it.
Q. Are cloud hosting and cloud VPS hosting the same?
Cloud VPS hosting is the advanced form of VPS hosting. It makes it easy for you to scale your website scope, making it affordable with the pay-as-you-go pricing model.
Q. Is cloud hosting a good option for me?
If you’re a VPS hosting user and feel that your business or website may get more hype in the coming days, then cloud hosting is a good and economical option for you.
Q. How much does cloud hosting cost?
Cloud hosting does not have a specific price or price range. It costs a little higher than VPS hosting sometimes.
Q. What are the benefits of cloud VPS hosting?
- Easy to scale
- Unlimited resources
- An advanced form of VPS hosting
Q. What is dedicated hosting?
Dedicated hosting is the hosting in which you’ll be given your own physical server, where you’ll host your website and other things. This server is fully dedicated to you. You can use it in the way you want. However, it is a very expensive hosting type.
Q. Do I need dedicated hosting?
If your website/blog gets at least 1000 visitors on a daily basis, then dedicated hosting is an option for you. And if you need to manage a complex environment around your website then you may use dedicated hosting.
Q. Why dedicated server is the best option?
If your requirement crosses the limits of VPS hosting and enters into a dedicated server area, then only dedicated hosting is the best option for you because it
- gives you your fully dedicated physical server to run your website.
- increases your website performance on a high scale.
- is very secure to host your website on dedicated hosting.
Q. What are the advantages of dedicated hosting?
Dedicated hosting is like having a clean disk and system. You’ll need high technical knowledge to manage this hosting.
It is very costly to buy dedicated hosting.
Q. How much does dedicated hosting cost?
Dedicated hosting may cost near and higher than Rs. 20,000 per month. It depends on your requirement.
Q. Which is better – managed or unmanaged?
Managed dedicated hosting is like getting the clean disk ready to use and ready to host your website. It costs more but it frees you from technical work so that you can focus more on your business.
Q. What is managed web hosting?
Managed web hosting is an additional service applied to VPS, Cloud, and Dedicated hosting. In managed hosting, your hosting plan will be managed by the company end and make it ready for you to easily host your website.
There are various managed hosting are available, one most popular is Managed WordPress Hosting.
Q. Is managed to host right for me?
If you don’t have any technical knowledge and ready to pay for managing the technical side of your hosting plan, then managed hosting is right for you.
Q. What are the benefits of managed WordPress hosting?
If you buy managed WordPress hosting, then you don’t have to think about technical stuff in managing your hosting. It will save a significant amount of your time that you can invest in your business.
Q. How much does managed web-hosting cost?
A good Managed WordPress hosting’s costs start from at Rs. 4000-5000 per month in the VPS hosting environment. The pricing increases as your requirement increases.
Q. Which is better for me, managed VPS or managed dedicated?
The answer is obvious, if your requirement can easily be completed by managed VPS hosting, then there is no need to buy managed dedicated hosting. If you get at least 1000 visits in a day to your site, then managed dedicated hosting is better for you.
Q. What is disk space?
Disk space is the SSD storage you get when you buy a hosting plan. It is used to store your blog posts, web pages, images, databases and everything.
Q. How much disk space do I need?
It totally depends on your requirement, for instance, if your blog/website has 100 pages/posts then 500 MB of disk space is enough for you.
Q. How disk space limitations affect my site?
If you have your disk filled with unnecessary data or your disk space is full, then it will reduce your server response time, hence your website speed will be reduced. In some cases, it may cause your website to crash.
Q. How much disk space do professional sites have?
Generally, professional websites have 2 GB to 5 GB disk space minimum. That is enough to host almost 300 web pages/blog posts. The requirement of disk space increases as the number of pages and media increases in your website.
Q. Do unlimited disk space in various hosting plans are really unlimited?
There are many hosting plans which offer “Unlimited disk space”. They are not truly unlimited disk space, but their limit of disk space is enough that there is a very low chance that you reach that limit.
Q. What is bandwidth?
Bandwidth in web hosting is the amount of data (like web pages, media, downloads, etc.) that your hosting company can transfer from your website to your users. You may understand it as a monthly allowance of data transfer from your website.
Q. How bandwidth measured?
It is measured by the amount of data that is transferred from your website whenever someone loads your website.
eg. if you have a page on your website of 10 KB in size. Then every time a user visit that page, 10 KB will be consumed from your bandwidth limit.
Q. How much bandwidth do I need?
It totally depends on the content on your website and no. of visits you get on your website monthly. However, if your website is new, and you don’t have a lot of visitors, then a simple unlimited bandwidth in various hosting plans is good for you.
Q. What happens when I exceed my bandwidth limit?
When you exceed your bandwidth limit, then either your hosting company may suspend your website, or they can charge you for the overuse of bandwidth.
Q. Do unlimited bandwidth in various hosting plans are really unlimited?
These unlimited bandwidths are never unlimited. But they are enough for a new website or blog which do not get a lot of visitors in a month.
Q. What is a control panel?
A control panel in your web hosting is the interface that you use to manage your hosting and website-related services.
Q. What are control panel functions?
Control panels in web hosting have several functions like DNS management, Database control, Server account management, Backups, Mailing infrastructure management, SSL certificate management, Security management, etc.
Q. How to select a control panel?
Most of the hosting companies only offer one control panel with their plans, so you don’t get an option to choose yours. However, if you have the option to choose, then select a control panel based on your requirement.
For example, for blogging and other website things – cPanel is good, DirectAdmin is also a free alternative to cPanel. If you’re building your website in a specific technology, then you can go for a suitable control panel as per your chosen technology.
Q. Which control panel is best?
cPanel is the best control panel for most of the usage. It is a Linux based control panel and is very efficient to manage your hosting services appropriately.
Content Management Systems CMS
Q. What is a CMS?
CMS is a Content Management System, that is used to manage content on your website efficiently. So that you don’t have to dig into the technical side of your website every time you want to alter content on your website.
Q. What are the advantages of CMS?
CMS are very useful for websites, especially blogging, and eCommerce websites. Some of the advantages of using a CMS are,
- User-friendly interface
- Quick installation
- Ease of maintenance, like security, updates, etc.
- Extendable functionality using external plugins.
- Easy to add, update, and remove content on your website.
Q. Which CMS should I choose?
WordPress is the free, best, and open source CMS available. So if you’re a blogger then you should use WordPress. If your daily work with the website is very different from blogging, then you can choose any other CMS like Joomla, Drupel etc depending on your technological and functional requirement.
Q. What to look for in a CMS?
Things to look for in a CMS are, security, technology, accessibility, customizability, SEO-SEM integrations, analytics integrations, and the most important – Support.
Q. What are CMS plugins?
Plugins are the collection of specific code files, that extends the capability of your CMS when you install and activate them.
Q. What is SSL?
Secure Socket Layer is a security certificate that ensures your website visitors that your website/blog is safe to visit and their information is protected.
Q. What is FTP?
File Transfer Protocol is a communication protocol that allows sending files between your server and your computer.
Q. What does the term “server uptime” mean?
Server uptime is the term which states the time duration or ratio when your web-hosting server is fully functional and so your website is also fully functional.
Q. What is a web hosting data centre? And how their server location affects the service?
Web hosting data centres are the physical locations where servers and storage devices are installed. The nearer the data centres to your target audience, the better your website speed is.
Q. What is the difference between Linux and Windows hosting?
There is a difference of servers in these hosting. In Linux hosting, a Linux server is used and with various open-source software, while in Windows hosting, a Windows server is used with Windows-specific technologies like ASP .NET, Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL, etc.
Q. How some hosting providers provide hosting at in very cheap price while others charge a high price?
There are many server-side tools that hosting companies need to use to provide hosting service to you. Good tools in this category are always coming at a licensed price, that gets added to your hosting plan price.
While some companies use open source tools that are free for that purpose, so that’s why they are able to provide hosting plans at very cheap rates.
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