My Own Experiences with Web Hosting Online

By: Jack Spencer

It was almost 13 years ago whenever I first bought my domain name and decided to bring my business onto the Internet. Most of you that have only been around for a little while on the Internet realize that that is in literal eternity in Internet years. Although things were a little bit different during those days, there were many ways that they were the same.
The first thing that I did was to go over to and purchase a domain name for about $35. For those of you that are wondering, it is no longer necessary for you to purchase your domain through them and you can typically get them for eight dollars apiece. Once I had the domain name, I was a little bit curious about what to do with it. I needed to learn about web hosting, and it opened my eyes to a new world.
One of the first things that I did was to look at many of the shared hosting companies that were available at that time. In those days, a shared host cost anywhere from $20 per month and up. It is possible for you to get a shared host at well under five dollars a month nowadays, but again, those options were not available to me at the time. By having a shared host, you will have a small piece of a private server that you will share with anywhere from several hundred to a thousand or more other websites. That is how they are able to keep the cost low for these services.
There eventually came a time whenever I needed a little bit more power behind my server because my website was getting busier. Although I was not quite ready for a fully dedicated server, there was the option to go with the private virtual server which was about as close to a dedicated server as you could get. In a nutshell, I was sharing a box the same as I shared it when I was on my old server but I was only splitting the resources between six or eight other websites. This allowed my business to continue to grow.
As my business continued to grow, I started to purchase additional server space at various locations. At times, I would start a new website on a shared server and host it there until I got enough traffic that it could support itself on a virtual Private server. I also started hosting multiple domain names on the same server, even though I made sure each one had its own individual IP address.
A dedicated server was the next logical step and it wasn't long before I had my own box with my hosting company. I've moved multiple websites to this dedicated server as it allowed me to have all of the resources totally dedicated to my own business.
Is it going to take you a little bit of time to understand Web hosting? Of course it is, but the time that you spend understanding hosting and choosing a proper web host is going to enhance your business in a number of different ways. Don't rush through this decision, as it is going to be a decision that you need to live with for the long term.

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