Speaker 1: So you're wondering which web host to go with. Well, there is plenty to know before you choose. Let's talk about it.
Speaker 1: Picking a web host is a lot like picking a place to live. You've got lots of different options. The features you want in a home may be different than those someone else wants. You may be fine with an apartment, which is very different than a detached house. You may want your own home office where you do business. So let's talk about what you should know to make a decision on where your [00:00:30] website will live. First up. You need to know what kind of site are you running? Are you doing e-commerce? Are you just hosting your own WordPress insulation? If the answer to either of those questions was, yes. You'll be happy to know that the major web hosts offer those services. Are you planning to resell that hosting service? If so your options may be fewer. How big is your audience? As in how much traffic are you expecting?
Speaker 1: This will also help narrow down the field for you. [00:01:00] We need to talk a about server types. We will start with a shared server. If you get a shared server, that means your sites will live on a machine that is sharing resources with other sites. Theoretically, that means that if one of the other sites is getting lots and lots of traffic, it could cause a slowdown for your site. When it comes to load times, will it slow down happen? Guaranteed. If another site on your server gets a lot of traffic, not necessarily, but it's possible. It's going to depend [00:01:30] on the server resources, shared servers can also run into security risks. If one site on the server is compromised, that could have an effect on your site. The opposite of a shared server is a dedicated server. Like the name says you're paying to have access to a dedicated machine somewhere out there is anybody else on that server with you?
Speaker 1: No, that also means you can really tinker with settings since it's your machine. If another site at that same web host gets compromised, you should be fine. [00:02:00] Your stuff is physically in a different in the middle is a virtual private server. You will be sharing a physical machine, but you have dedicated resources within that physical machine. For example, if a server had 16 gigabytes of Ram, your virtual private server could have one gig of that. Even if you're not using that gig, it's all yours. If other need that Ram from the same machine, too bad, they can't use it. Shared servers are usually the cheapest. Then [00:02:30] there's virtual private servers, which are usually more expensive, dedicated servers should cost the most. Also, if you start on one of these servers, your web host can help you migrate from one to the other. What about uptime?
Speaker 1: That's the amount of time that a server is up and running at this point, major web hosts offer 99% or better uptime. Let's do some quick math using SLA tools.com. SLA stands for service level agreement. If you are curious at 99.99% [00:03:00] uptime, your site could be offline for up to 52 minutes and 34 seconds. In the course of a year at 99.9% uptime, your site may not be available for a total of eight hours, 45 minutes and 36 seconds per year. At 9%, your site could be down three days, 15 hours and 36 minutes. In the course of a year, dream host has a 100% uptime guarantee in its terms [00:03:30] of services. Dream host says that if you're using its service and your site goes down, you will be compensated for that. And if we're talking about things going wrong, you check out what kind of support the web host offers.
Speaker 1: A lot of services offer support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You'll see any combination of live chat, email, support, tickets, and phone help that may or may not be limited by what time of day it is. You may also wanna check out the company's rating at the better business bureau while you're at it. So let's highlight a few [00:04:00] web hosts in no particular order. Like I said before, dream host claims a 100% uptime guarantee. It offers shared servers, virtual private servers and dedicated servers. E-commerce and WordPress are also supported. If you are looking to resell hosting here, you're out of luck while live phone customer support is not available. 24 7. The provider is responsive to live chat and tickets. If you're willing to pay annually pricing starts at around $3 per month for shared hosting. [00:04:30] If you're looking for phone support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, check out goad.
Speaker 1: You may know goad as a domain registrar, but it's a host too. Goad also offers all three versions of WordPress and e-commerce unlike dream host reseller hosting is supported at GoDaddy. GoDaddy's pricing is a bit higher than dream host. Shared hosting starts at around $6 per month. If you sign up for a three year stint and let's wrap up with green geeks, you can get a shared server, a virtual private one, or a dedicated server, [00:05:00] like go daddy, green geek supports e-commerce WordPress and reseller hosting pricing starts at around $3 per month. One of the things that sets apart green geeks from other hosting services is that green geek says its eco-friendly its site says, quote, your green geeks account will have a positive energy footprint on the environment. As we replace with wind pet our credits three times the amount of energy your website will use. There are a lot of options out there. If you've got comments or questions, let [00:05:30] us know I'm Maya Zachar and I'll see you online.