Just recently I wrote an article on the difference between a website and a blog. And in this article, I decided to discuss the following question: “What is the difference between a website and a web hosting?”.
See, I see these kinds of questions in the live chat at Wealthy Affiliate community and this is how I come up with content ideas for my blog. In this post, I will try to explain this the best way I can and if you will have any more questions, feel free to ask them in the comment section below.
By the end of this article, you should be able to understand terms “website” and “web hosting”, what types of web hosting there are and which hosting I personally use and recommend.
What Is The Difference Between A Website And A Web Hosting?
Let’s get to the definition of each term.
What is a website?
As I mentioned in my other blog post, a website is basically any forum, any blog, any news portal that you can find on the World Wide Wed. We are used to calling any site as “website” without going into too much detail.
This does make sense as the English word “site” is translated as “place”. In other words, a website is a place on the Internet. If we follow this chain of thought, then all the examples I listed above are just a kind of website.
And what is a web hosting?
Hosting is a service provided by hosting providers so that you can save/host your file and documents on the web. If I simplify the language even more, then hosting is basically a place on the server, where your website files live, 24/7.
If you want to build your website, you WILL need a web hosting.
So keep this in mind and choose your hosting wisely. (Later I will talk about the two types of hosting and why a paid hosting is better than a free one).
Why do you need to choose wisely when it comes to web hosting?
Let’s imagine the following situation.
You built your first website/blog and decided to host it on a low-quality web hosting. As a result, you will constantly experience issues and your website may often be even unavailable to Internet users.
If search engines, like Google, Yahoo and Bing will see that, then they will “punish” you and you won’t get a chance to get ranked.
And if you won’t get ranked in search engines, then there is no way you will receive traffic (people). And if you don’t have traffic, then how can you possibly build a successful online business?
Makes sense? 🙂
So, if you decide to build a website, be careful in your selection of web hosting.
There are two types of web hosting, the pros and cons of which I will discuss below.
Two Types of Web Hosting. Which One Is Better?
There are two types of web hosting. Free and paid. Here are the pros and cons of each.
- Low access speed and loading of pages
- Unstable operation of servers
- Small amount of space on the server
- No notifications about server failures
- No technical support
- Hosting name in your domain name. Example: yourdomain.blogspot.com. Search engines undermine websites with such domain name and the websites won’t rank high up
- High functionality
- Stable operation of servers, databases etc.
- Domain name stays without the subdomain name of the hosting company
- Technical support and their efficiency (trust me, it’s important!)
- A larger amount of space on the server
- There is everything you need to build a quality website or a blog
- You should pay for the pros mentioned above
- You may forget to renew your hosting plan, which will result in website being temporarily shut down
Based on the aforementioned information, paid web hosting definitely has more advantages to it.
These are the main things you should look at when choosing a web hosting:
Technical capabilities of a hosting company
The quality of the technical support
The stable operation of the server
Which Web Hosting Do I Recommend?
Which web hosting I am with?
Personally, I use the Wealthy Affiliate hosting.
Since I am a part of Wealthy Affiliate online business community, all their tools and services are available to me and this includes website-building free of technical knowledge on my part, hosting, and other website-related matters.
In addition to that, I have access to things that NO OTHER hosting company offers. To name a few:
- The community and the live help
- Thousands of resources of world class training
- Access to industry experts
- Weekly live video classes
- Keyword tool and other business productivity tools.
Since I have a yearly Premium membership, all their services and tools come out to me as much as $0.80/day. I know, right!?
Don’t get me wrong though- there is a great price-quality ratio. The price is not too expensive, and all the features of the online business community (including web hosting) are state-of-the-art.
(A question from more a more experienced Internet user): What is the website hosting capacity at Wealthy Affiliate?
As far as I know, they don’t have any specific limit per se. It is certain that the WA hosting can support all the traffic that you need to get to your website.
Since I use their hosting, I can assure you that their hosting service is served on the fastest network in the world and is comparable to $250 hosting platforms.
If you choose cheap hosting companies like NameCheap, GoDaddy or Webs.com, then you may receive the low loading speed of your website AND your website can be vulnerable to hacks, attacks and other issues.
Kyle in his blog post wrote that:
“To compare a $60-$100 per year hosting plan at HostGator or GoDaddy to that offered here at WA, is like comparing apples to oranges, or budget, low quality and highly insecure … to high quality, high performance, fully supported and maintained, and highly secure hosting (that you get here at WA).”
And I agree with him.
If you need to gain perspective on WA hosting firsthand (with comparisons to other hosting companies), then read Kyle’s blog post here.
Remember, you get what you pay for.
Do you now understand what is the difference between a website and a web hosting? Which web hosting I personally use and recommend?
I have a feeling I may have left some questions unanswered, so please DO ask your questions in the comments below and I will be more than happy to answer them 🙂