I decided that it was time to write about something that not everyone knows about, but is present in our lives everyday. That something would be website hosting. Every website online has to be hosted on a Web Server. The companies that provide this service are called Web Host. Now, you would think that this is all pretty simple, just pay your measly $2.00 per month and be on your way. Well, it’s not that simple. See Web Servers are computers, but with much more memory and disk space. Each computer/server can run Windows, or Linux. I prefer Linux over Windows because I like to use open-source software like WordPress and Joomla. Both of these content management systems us PHP, which runs on Linux natively. Windows offers this but I’m sure you probably have to buy some kind of plugin or something. Windows runs ASP nativel
Anyway, the reason I’m talking about this is because a friend recently came to me and wanted to develop a website on a Windows server. So, I logged in and went to install WordPress and low in behold no databases were available. What? No databases. Well if we were on a Linux box we would not have that problem. So in order to install WordPress or any database driven application I would have to buy 5 databases for an additional $5 per month on top of the already paid for services. LAME! So my point is always research your Web Hosting company and read the fine print. I have 3 Web Host that I love, Media Temple, Site5, and another local Houston Web Hosting company called Host Gator that you should check out.
All offer great hosting packages and if your in Houston, it’s nice to support a local company. Also, if you host multiple sites, it’s good SEO practice to have each site on a separate account or IP address. That’s my 2 cents on web hosts and I hope you find it helpful. If you find yourself in a situation or need hosting advice feel free to contact me for your web hosting needs : ). Cheers!