First what is hosting?
Simply, it is a computer connected to the internet. Your
website is on this computer and people can go to your domain name
or URL (ie www.yourdomain.com) and view your site.
A hosting company has
many of these computers, plus other hardware, software, high speed connection(s) to the internet
and knowledgeable staff. Their business is to
maintain the computers and their security 24 hours a day, 7 days a
When we talk about
hosting we are in fact talking about renting space at a hosting
company. Think of it as a U-Store-It in cyberspace. If
your garage gets too full and you can not part with your stuff,
you can go to the local U-Store-It place and rent a 10 X 10 foot
(or larger) space to store your stuff. For website hosting we
are putting your stuff (website) into cyberstorage.
For the same
price range which storage option would you choose from the
choosing a hosting company, like a U-Store-It company
storage, there are many to choose from, do
your research. Just because a website hosting
company has a great website does not mean it is great
website hosting company. Most people do not
physically see their hosting facility, many would be
As a general
contactor, we use local hosting companies. Yes,
I said local. We have agreements with these companies and have visited their facilities.
Being local is good. We know them they know us, if a problem with
hosting arises, they are quickly resolved.
There are many
options for hosting out there, from $0 to hundreds of
dollars a month. The choice of host companies can make or
break you. Choose a dependable, reliable company not just
one with great pricing and a nice website.
From a search
engine point of view, using many free hosting or discount hosting
companies will drop your search engine ranking**. Your host
computers need to be up and running 24hours a day 7 days a week, excessive down time will also hurt your search engine positioning.
If you have read
this far, why not call us? 717-566-9232
** Many adult
sites and other trash content sites use free or discount hosting
companies. The major search engines and directories
recognize this and constantly monitor site content and trace
unacceptable content to their hosting source. These hosting sources are then
banned from their systems. If your site happens to be on one
of these banned hosting sources you are out of luck.